Grasping the Donkey's Tail
Unraveling Mysteries from the Classics of Oriental Medicine
A scholarly yet practical account for modern clinicians of some of the key difficult questions arising from obscure passages in the classics of Chinese medicine. This book offers an interpretation of crucial sections from the classical Chinese texts which have continued to puzzle Western clinicians, and serves as a basis for more effective acupuncture treatments.
The author discusses Sasang medicine interpretations of specific phenomena, showing where Korean medicine diverged from Chinese, and how the two traditions can inform each other, and the modern acupuncturist. Elsewhere, he discusses the Daoist roots of Chinese medicine, the fundamental differences between Oriental and Western medical approaches, as well as various important issues in pulse diagnosis, all of which have practical application for modern clinicians and students.
While this text will serve as an essential philosophical and textual primer for the student, every page contains doors that beckon the advanced practitioner to travel deeply inward. Inspired by the classic texts, Eckman shares a lifetime of experience to illuminate their deeper meanings and import for the contemporary practitioner. Chinese medicine is in good hands.
Peter Eckman's eclectic explorations, and most importantly their clinical applications, have contributed greatly to the ongoing process of synthesis, serving to further what Joseph Needham called a confluence of East Asian and modern Western science
Foreword by Charles Buck
1. Yi Jing (The Classic of Changes)
2. Lao Zi or Dao De Jing (The Way and Its Power)
3. Huai Nan Zi
4. Su Wen (Simple Questions)
5. Ling Shu (Spiritual Pivot)
6. Nan Jing (The Classic of Difficulties)
7. Mai Jing (The Pulse Classic)
Addendum: Pinning the Tail on the Donkey
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