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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women's Health: Bridging the Gap Between Western and Eastern Medicine

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A book by Dr Kathleen Albertson PhD

Educates readers about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ( acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine), and how women's health problems are effectively treated holistically versus the typical Western, compartmentalized approach. Acquire a basic understanding … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction, Medicine, Herbal Remedies, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine
Author: Dr Kathleen Albertson PhD
Publisher: CreateSpace
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Bridging East and West Medicine

  • Feb 1, 2010
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
for Womens' Health
by Dr. Kathleen Albertson
Reviewed by Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

This book has many positive benefits for a wide constituency
of readers both young and old. The presentation would be helpful
for both men and women because common body systems and processes
are explored. i.e.

o kidney
o spleen
o liver
o lung
o heart
o pericardium system
o stomach
o small and large intestine
o bladder, gallbladder
o uterus and brain

There is a very extensive section on foods and the related
TCM thermal temperatures. Female infertility, fertility and
menopausal symptoms are explained at length with many
pertinent examples provided. The author provides an extensive
body system checklist so that patients can identify key elements
related to their condition.

More importantly, the presentation contrasts East and West
medicinal systems. The benefits of Chinese medicinal protocols
are as follows:

o The protocols are simpler and naturally based.

o The mind, body and spirit are integrally connected.

o The protocols are aimed at healthier living and not
simply disease ID and management

o The practitioners tend to spend more time with patients
in the analysis of the disease process.

o The protocols have an experiential history of 5,000 years or more.

o 8 patterns of disease are treated in Chinese acupuncture

The author separates the treatment modalities for a number
of chronic diseases; such as, fibromyalgia.
The standard acupuncture treatment utilizes acupuncture
channels, balancing Qi and blood flows, balancing emotional
and physical pain and the integration of treatment with
soothing herbal teas.

A beauty of the book is that major clinical studies are cited.
i.e. The Mayo Clinic Proceedings of 2007 tracked acupuncture
treatment of fibromyalgia in 50 patients and found reduction of
fatigue and anxiety in the subjects evaluated.
The presentation contains an extensive bibliography and
definitions section at the end of the book.
The Alternative Medicine-Definitive Guide by Burton Goldberg
contains 25 citations alone on the benefits of acupuncture
to patients.

The most prominent research citation is:

J. Cheung 's work on the "Effect of Electroacupuncture on Chronic
Medical Conditions in General Medical Practice"
A 4 year study in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine
13: 1985 : (pp. 33-38 )

I recommend this book as an important supplement to a personal
medical library. The contents can help alleviate your pain and
assist the conventional physicians with a more complete diagnostic
history of classical symptoms like stiffness,
pain sensations, bodily stress on major organs and a whole
plethora of issues too numerous to list in a finite book review.
Personally, I believe that a combination of acupuncture and the
services of a licensed physical therapist will provide the most
complete supplement to the services of a personal physician.

Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

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