Grasping the Donkey's Tail
152 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:18 May 2017
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Grasping the Donkey's Tail

Unraveling Mysteries from the Classics of Oriental Medicine

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon

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. Lonny Jarrett, MAc., Author of Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine
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 Andrew Prescott, Former Clinic Director at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, USA
Peter Eckman has been a full time acupuncturist for forty years and is an international teacher and published author in the field. He studied under J.R. Worsley, T.W. Yoo and D.W. Kuon, three of the most influential acupuncture teachers of the 20th century, and currently practices in San Francisco and California, USA.

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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