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Five Elements and Ten Stems
by Kiiko Matsumoto and Stephen Birch
The authors explore concepts from the Su Wen, Ling Shu and Nan Jing to bring us a view of ideas that flowered in a rich age of Chinese medical history. This book has established itself as an essential text. It presents the correspondences that a practitioner can apply to the problems of diagnosis and treatment, practical discussions of technique, including pulse, body type, visual diagnosis, and hara or abdominal diagnosis. The treatment section describes basic exercises, breathing techniques, treatment principles, and techniques from eminent classical texts. Modern treatment protocols are presented in clear, easy-to-use tables.
This is the first attempt in English to describe the basic Nan Jing theories and place them in the clinical context of Keiraku Chiryo or Japanese “meridian therapy.” Although it is rich in theoretical content, it also has useful clinical information. It is a useful primer for the basic theories underlaying Japanese meridian therapy.