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Posted Feb 2017
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies (Portable 2nd Edition) 
SCHEID Volker, BENSKY Dan, BAROLET Randy & ELLIS Andrew (compilers & translators)


Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica (Portable 3rd Edition) 
BENSKY Dan & CLAVEY Steven & STOGER Eric with GAMBLE Andrew


Clinical Manual of Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines


Posted May 2015
On being a Five Element Acupuncturist
On being a Five Element Acupuncturist

By Nora Franglen
RRP: $36.95  // Special Price: $31.41

What does it mean to 'be' an acupuncturist? How does a highly experienced acupuncturist view her practice, her patients, and the world in general?

Based on her widely-read blog about the wholeness of life as a Five Element practitioner, Nora Franglen's breadth of interest shows how the curiosity and life experiences of the individual lie at the heart of what makes a true acupuncturist, over and beyond the necessary knowledge and expertise in the technicalities of practice. From her penchant for coffee shops to reflections on challenges she has experienced in the clinic, Nora illustrates how the Five Elements influence, illuminate and, ultimately, enrich all aspects of her life, and vice versa.

With reflections gathered from over several years of posting linked by Nora's commentary, this diary is truly enlightening reading for anyone interested in the inner workings of a practitioner at one with her craft. 

Please contact CHINA BOOKS SYDNEY via email on or on (02) 9280 1885 to order.

Posted May 2015
Chinese Medicinal Identification: An Illustrated Approach
Chinese Medicinal Identification: An Illustrated Approach

By Zhongzhen Zhao & Hubiao Chen           
RRP: $220.00  // Special Price: $187.00

At last, a specialized text dedicated to herbal quality assessment!

For centuries, pharmacists and clinicians have relied on the traditional method of macroscopic identification to assess the quality and authenticity of medicinal materials. Macroscopic identification uses the naked senses to assess herbal quality, combining appearance, texture, aroma, and taste with traditional methods of fire and water testing. For the first time, this text brings this specialized discipline of knowledge to English readers using a concise, illustrated format that distills the experience of China’s foremost authorities in visually rich, easy-to-understand format. Featuring:

  • 428 commonly used Chinese medicinals
  • Over 1000 high-resolution images of medicinal materials and decoction pieces
  • Over 400 photos dedicated to botanical, zoological, and mineral sources
  • Preservation of nearly 200 traditional technical terms used in macroscopic identification

Please contact CHINA BOOKS SYDNEY via email on or on (02) 9280 1885 to order.

Posted April 2015
Gynecology in Chinese Medicine
Gynecology in Chinese Medicine

By YOU Zhao-ling, edited by Jane LYTTLETON

RRP: $189  // Special Price: $160.65

Gynecology in Chinese Medicine is an extensive text written by expert TCM specialists in China, covering the theory and practice of TCM Gynecology and Obstetrics in great depth.

The book is made up of two major parts, with a general discussion on TCM gynecology and specific individual discussions on female physiology and pathology, the diagnoses of gynecological diseases, the treatment of gynaecological diseases, and gynaecological disease prevention and health. Specific discussions introduce fifty types of gynaecological  disease ranging from menstruation, leukorrhea, pregnancy and postpartum conditions and other miscellaneous diseases.

The overview includes definitions, characteristics and categories; etiologies and pathomechanisms are depicted in the form of flow charts convenient for memorisation. Diagnostics consist of medical histories, clinical manifestations and examinations; treatments consist of pattern identification essentials, therapeutic principles, and pattern-oriented treatments along with acupuncture and moxibustion treatments. The case discussions include abstracts of cases and detailed analyses.

Please contact CHINA BOOKS SYDNEY via email on or on (02) 9280 1885 to order.

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Posted April 2015
Chinese Medicine Liberation: Inner Documents
Chinese Medicine Liberation: Inner Documents

By Yaron Seidman, Zac Patterson & Lois Nethery.

Join us for a detailed exploration of Chinese medicine's transformation during the 20th century in China.

Using original materials - letters, articles, books, announcements and official documents - with commentary from the book's principal author to guide the reader, together we can explore how political and practical pressures influenced Chinese medicine education and clinical perspectives.

The narrative begins at the end of the Qing dynasty and the rise of the Republic, when the government and public encountered Western scientific medicine and its many impressive achievements. In the 1930s, a time of relative political freedom, we can see practitioners grapple with the pros and cons of Chinese vs Western medicine in the "Great Debates". As time goes by, however, and the pressures of health care provision under Communist rule become more intense, the debates become stifled and ideological and pragmatic pressures determine the way that Chinese and Western medicine are combined and altered in order to meet the country's significant health needs.

This book is a valuable resource that will help contemporary practitioners of Chinese medicine to assess the various decisions that shaped Chinese medicine last century, in order to better decide how we can develop the essence of Chinese medicine into the future.

Written by practitioners, for practitioners, this book is not simply a historical account but rather a starting place for us to join together and discuss the important issues that will ensure a sound future for our profession.

Please head over to the website to download a free PDF of bonus articles from the 1930s with commentary from the book's author, Dr Yaron Seidman:

At the website you can also view the preface, foreword and table of contents. Hard cover 989 pages , 7x10inches

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Posted March 2015
The Ledger of Good and Evil: A Manual for Humanity
The Ledger of Good and Evil: A Manual for Humanity


From ancient Chinese teachings comes The Ledger of Good and Evil: a method by which you can observe yourself honestly, take control of your actions and free yourself from the stronghold of circumstance and negativity. Like a stone falling into a pond, our thoughts, emotions, actions and inactions ripple out into the world.

In sharing the message of The Ledger our combined ripples send a tidal wave of benevolence through humanity and pave the way for a world where hatred, greed, fear and war can finally be left at the riverbank.

In the first chapter you will find The Ledger of Good and Evil, a story that reveals a method for cultivation; for learning how to observe our internal world and look honestly at our good intentions, and whether they result in good actions.

In the second chapter you will find the 100 Diseases and 100 Medicines. These classic lists comprise our daily thoughts, feelings and interactions that create what we perceive to be our lives. As human beings, we are often at odds with our humanity...our minds filtering our existence with a preference for focusing on negativity....For too long we have allowed ourselves, our thoughts, our emotions and resulting actions to be defined by our circumstances, rather than our inherent propriety.

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Posted December 2014
Divergent Channels
The Divergent Channels: Jing Bie

A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Five Shen Nei Dan Inner Meditation  (2014) - By  David Twicken          

RRP: $56.95  // Special Price: $48.41     

Rooted in the Su Wen and Ling Shu, Dr. Twicken integrates Chinese and Taoist medical philosophy, theories, and principles to clearly demonstrate that the Divergent Channels are an essential aspect of the clinical practice of acupuncture. He takes a step-by-step approach to assist practitioners in 'working out' the channels, and shows how this versatile channel system can be used in any acupuncture treatment.

Twicken also includes instruction on Five Shen Nei Dan inner meditation to help practitioners gain a more profound emotional and spiritual understanding. With case studies and reference to the classic texts throughout, this book provides a complete resource that will help clinicians understand and use the Divergent Channels in clinical practice.

An accessible and comprehensive account of the Divergent Channel system, this book will be a valuable addition to the shelves of students and practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine; taiji and qigong practitioners; and anyone with an interest in Taoist practice.


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Posted November 2014
Daoist Meditation
Daoist Meditation: The Purification of the Heart Method & Discourse on Sitting & Forgetting

By Si Ma Cheng Zhen

Translated with Commentary by Wu Jyh Cherng


Master Cherng's translation of Discourse on Sitting and Forgetting, an 8th century classic text on meditation by Si Ma Cheng Zhen, is accompanied by his extensive explanatory commentary, unique in its ability to make this complex text accessible to the Western reader.

In the introduction to the text, Master Cherng explains how to practice the Purification of the Heart method of meditation and photographs clearly illustrate  the correct postures. He deciphers the Chinese metaphors and abstract language of Si Ma Cheng Zhen to give a clear explanation of the processes involved  and the resulting changes to mind, spirit and body. His translation and explanatory commentary present the classic text in a way that can be easily understood  and applied, allowing Western students of Daoism, and anyone with an interest in meditation, direct access to the meaning of this text in practice.

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Posted November 2014
The Active Points Test: A Clinical Test for Identifying & Selecting Effective Points for Acupuncture
The Active Points Test: A Clinical Test for Identifying and Selecting Effective Points for Acupuncture

By Stefano Marcelli

The Active Points Test is a clinical instrument for identifying and selecting the points on the skin that are most effective for treatment. These points may be close to the seat of the disease, for example on the shoulder for periarthritis, or far away, eg on the ear or head for stomach pain or a cough.

Drawing on principles from TCM and Western medicine, Dr Stefano Marcelli sets out the theory of the approach and offers detailed guidance on how to carry out the test and how to interpret the results, as well as explaining how the test can be used in different therapies.

The test is based on the discovery that a patient experiencing an ongoing symptom can be made aware of the capacity of a few points on the skin to treat his or her discomfort.

The test involves stimulating the skin to the appropriate degree whilst asking the patient to identify whether there is any change in the symptom he or she is suffering, and can be used to treat a wide range of symptoms, from articular pain to migraine, tachycardia, asthenia and depression. Published for the first time in 1995, this substantially updated edition contains the most recent supporting evidence and many new explanatory diagrams and photographs.

Providing a comprehensive and effective system for point selection, this is essential reading for practitioners and students of acupuncture and related reflex and manual therapies, including massage, Tuina, Shiatsu and Rolfing.

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Posted October 2014
Compassionate Practitioner
The Compassionate Practitioner

How to create a successful and rewarding practice - Jane Wood

Focusing on the importance of relationship-building, this handbook explains how to turn new clients into regulars and make your practice flourish.

If you can create trust, loyalty and a sense of safety in new clients, they are more likely to commit to the further appointments needed to experience the healing you have to offer. This book considers how best to enhance the client's experience at every stage of the consultation through compassion and mindfulness. It is full of practical advice about everything from creating the right ambience in the therapy room to maintaining a positive attitude through self-reflection.

This will be a valued support for students and professionals working in a wide range of complementary and alternative therapies, as well as art, music and drama therapists.


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Posted October 2014
Managing Stress with Qigong
Managing Stress with Qigong

Gordon Faulkner - Foreword by Carole Bridge

This is a great resource for practitioners AND patients for managing stress with qigong..

The ancient Chinese practice of Qigong combines physical movement with gentle breathing techniques to promote harmony between body and mind, and is quickly gaining popularity in the West.
This step-by-step guide to managing stress through Qigong begins by looking at stress and our response to it from both an Eastern and a Western perspective. The core of the book provides a program with first a series of carefully-designed stress relief exercises, followed by a series of gentler stress prevention exercises, all of which are clearly explained with easy-to-follow instructions for each of the steps, and fully illustrated. The author explains the theory underpinning the Qigong exercises in terms of the principles of Chinese Medicine, including Yin and Yang, The Five Elements and the circulation of energy (Qi) through the meridians. Extensively trialled with Maggie's Cancer Care Centres, and designed specifically to fit around a busy lifestyle, the Qigong program set out in this book will help to reduce stress, decrease anxiety and restore energy.

This practical book will help anyone who is prone to stress, regardless of their level of ability or experience of Qigong. It will also be a useful resource for Taijiquan and Qigong instructors, alternative therapists, and other professionals working with clients who are affected by stress.


Foreword. Preface. Introduction. Stress. Background to Daoyin. Practice. Basic Movements. Standing Stress Relief. Seated Stress Relief. Standing Stress Prevention. Seated Stress Prevention. Principles of Action. General Principles. Specific Principles. Appendix A: Five Elements. Appendix B: Energy System. Appendix C: Chinese Names. Glossary. Index.

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Posted October 2014
The Business of Healing - Rob Medhurst
The Business of Healing

Rob Medhurst

Now in its second edition, this book has been written by a naturopath who has operated several successful clinical practices, has tertiary qualifications in management and has lectured on this subject around Australia since 1996. The First edition of The Business of Healing has become widely regarded as the best book of its type in Australia and has been the set text for this subject in most institutions teaching non-medical healthcare since 2003.

The book covers the requirements for setting up and operating a successful non-medical healthcare practice. This second edition includes 9 new chapters and 101 new pages of updated and revised material. It provides information on everything from selecting your clinic location and getting started in business, through to exit and succession planning, from the authors own personal experience, and that of some of Australia's most successful practitioners This book is essential reading for anyone contemplating setting up a non-medical healthcare practice, or those who have a desire to increase the effectiveness of an existing practice

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Posted October 2014
Acupuncture in IVF and Assisted Reproduction: An Integrated Approach to Treatment & Management
Acupuncture in IVF and Assisted Reproduction: An Integrated Approach to Treatment and Management

Irina Szmelskyj and Lianne Aquilina



  • The management of infertility using acupuncture is an expanding area of practice and one which is frequently rewarding for TCM acupuncture practitioners.
  • Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction has been specially prepared to meet the growing demand for information in this area and draws upon 20 years combined experience of the authors together with the latest evidence from both orthodox medicine and TCM.
  • Richly illustrated and clearly written throughout, the book takes the reader through the anatomy and physiology of reproductive medicine (from both an orthodox and TCM perspective) and explains the underlying basis of orthodox medical fertility tests and investigations. The volume then explores the pathology and aetiology of TCM syndromes and shows how common fertility-related conditions, such as endometriosis and male factor infertility, affect Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) success rates. It explains in great detail how to take a reproductive medical history and successfully diagnose TCM syndromes.
  • Placing a strong emphasis on the practical aspects of patient care,Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction contains an abundance of case history templates, algorithmic acupuncture treatment pathways and patient fact sheets and will be ideal for all acupuncture practitioners working in this field.


  • Simplifies complex information into easily accessible and understandable material
  • Explains reproductive anatomy and physiology from the perspectives of both orthodox medicine and TCM
  • Explains the underlying basis of orthodox medical fertility tests and investigations
  • Explores the pathology and aetiology of TCM syndromes
  • Provides detailed information on how to take a fertility medical history and how to diagnose TCM syndromes
  • Presents the evidence for the influence of various lifestyle factors on fertility and ART success rates
  • Provides guidelines on how to regulate the menstrual cycle in preparation for IVF treatment
  • Explains how common fertility-related conditions such as endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, thyroid disease, and  male factor infertility affect ART success rates
  • Explains how to adapt acupuncture treatment to different ART protocols
  • Provides case history templates, algorithmic acupuncture treatment pathways and patient fact sheets
  • Explains how to manage patients with complex medical histories
  • Looks at Repeated Implantation Failure, reproductive immunology dysfunction, and recurrent miscarriages
  • Explains how to support patients if their IVF is unsuccessful and how to treat patients during early pregnancy
  • Examines ethical considerations relevant to fertility acupuncture practice

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Posted September 2014
Neither Donkey nor Horse
Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine in the Struggle over China's Modernity

Sean Hsiang-lin LEI

'Neither Donkey nor Horse' tells the story of how Chinese medicine was transformed from the antithesis of modernity in the early twentieth century into a potent symbol of and vehicle for China’s exploration of its own modernity half a century later. Instead of viewing this transition as derivative of the political history of modern China, Sean Hsiang-lin Lei argues that China’s medical history had a life of its own, one that at times directly influenced the ideological struggle over the meaning of China’s modernity and the Chinese state.

Far from being a remnant of China’s pre-modern past, Chinese medicine in the twentieth century coevolved with Western medicine and the Nationalist state, undergoing a profound transformation—institutionally, epistemologically, and materially—that resulted in the creation of a modern Chinese medicine. This new medicine was derided as “neither donkey nor horse” because it necessarily betrayed both of the parental traditions and therefore was doomed to fail. Yet this hybrid medicine survived, through self-innovation and negotiation, thus challenging the conception of modernity that rejected the possibility of productive crossbreeding between the modern and the traditional.

By exploring the production of modern Chinese medicine and China’s modernity in tandem, Lei offers both a political history of medicine and a medical history of the Chinese state.

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Posted September 2014
Increasing IVF Success with Acupuncture', by Nick Dalton-Brewer MSC
Increasing IVF Success with Acupuncture

Nick Dalton-Brewer

This practical book provides need-to-know information vital for acupuncturists to treat patients with fertility problems.

Nick Dalton-Brewer details the causes of fertility issues, including the impact of lifestyle and diet, and explains the scientific basis for the different methods of treatment. Integrating Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ART) with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies and acupuncture, he presents his own cutting-edge research on the successful use of these therapies to improve fertility and pregnancy rates and describes a method for integrated diagnosis and treatment.

This book will give TCM practitioners direct access to the vital specialist knowledge and technical information needed to treat the increasing numbers of patients with fertility problems effectively. It will also be of interest to doctors of Western medicine concerned about the efficacy of recommending acupuncture treatments as adjuncts to ART.

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Posted August 2014
The Spark in the Machine
Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine

Dr Daniel Keown

Why can salamanders grow new legs, and young children grow new finger tips, but adult humans can't regenerate? What is the electricity that flows through the human body? Is it the same thing that the Chinese call Qi? If so, what does Chinese medicine know, that western medicine ignores?

Dan Keown's highly accessible, witty, and original book shows how western medicine validates the theories of Chinese medicine, and how Chinese medicine explains the mysteries of the body that western medicine largely ignores. He explains the generative force of embryology, how the hearts of two people in love (or in scientific terms 'quantum entanglement') truly beat as one, how a cheating heart is also an ill heart (which is why men are twice as likely to die of a sudden heart attack with their mistress than with their wife), how neural crest cells determine our lifespan, and why Proust's madeleines evoked the memories they did.

The book shows how the theories of western and Chinese medicine support each other, and how the integrated theory enlarges our understanding of how bodies work on every level. Full of good stories and surprising details, Dan Keown's book is essential reading for anyone who has ever wanted to know how the body really works. 

"Confronting skeptics and arguing that Western physicians cannot afford to ignore over 5000 years of Chinese medical tradition, Dr. Daniel Keown challenges the popular belief that acupuncture cannot be part of truly scientific medicine. With a radical new approach which ties together Western medicine and the Chinese energetic system, The Spark in the Machine will take you on a journey over billions of years to the outer realms of medical science to explain what the ancient Chinese always knew, but God forgot to tell surgeons".

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Posted July 2014
The Developing Internal Energy for Effective Acupuncture Practice : Zhan Zhuang, Yi Qi Gong and the Art of Painless Needle Insertion - Ioannis Solos
Developing Internal Energy for Effective Acupuncture Practice

Ioannis SOLOS

Drawing on ancient Chinese knowledge and tradition, this book teaches practitioners of acupuncture how to develop their internal energy and sensitivity to energy in order to improve their practice. Understanding and working with energy flow is essential to becoming a good acupuncturist and regular qigong practice helps the acupuncturist to direct energy flow within the patient more accurately and effectively.

This book presents a complete training regime for Western acupuncturists and features qigong exercises dating back centuries.

With images from the original manuscripts and the Chinese text alongside an English translation and commentary, Western readers are introduced to unique exercises and internal cultivation texts in a truly authentic way.

This book provides essential internal training for acupuncture practitioners and students and will be of interest to a wide array of martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.

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Posted July 2014
shin: The Art of Non-invasive Paediatric Acupuncture
The Art of Non-Invasive Paediatric Acupuncture

Thomas Wernicke

Thomas Wernicke's authoritative book is one of the first resources in English on Shonishin, a non-invasive form of acupuncture developed specifically to respond to the needs of children. With its safe, quick and effective treatments, Shonishin is increasingly catching the attention of therapists world-wide.

Covering the history, theory and clinical practice, Wernicke explores how Shonishin is used with young children, from babies and toddlers to school-age children, to treat a range of behavioural issues and physical conditions such as KISS syndrome, allergies and asthma. He also examines how the techniques can be adapted for use with adults and older people to provide an alternative, non-invasive treatment. With access to downloadable handouts that can be used with patients, and international case studies that demonstrate its effectiveness, his book provides a complete and practical handbook on Shonishin for existing practitioners. 

Written in an accessible style, it will also be of value to any therapist interested in learning more about the treatment, including practitioners of Chinese and Japanese medicine, traditional acupuncture and shiatsu, craniosacral and occupational therapists, and physiotherapists.

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Posted July 2014
Live Life without Pain
How to live a Life Without Pain

Verona Chadwick

Chronic pain has become an epidemic with one in ten suffering severe pain.

Over 60% of Australians are overweight and 80% of severe pain sufferers over the age of 45 are overweight or obese, live a sedentary lifestyle, and have other concurrent health risks.

There's no need to be tired, stressed and in pain!

Imagine a life without annoying aches and pains. Loads of energy to get back out on the golf course, walk the dog, or return to the activity of your choice. In How to Live a Life Without Pain, Verona Chadwick, author and founder of the Get A Life Integrated Health Method, will show you how to unlock the keys to optimal health, live pain-free, and ensure you're functioning at a peak level physically and energetically. Reclaim your life today!

You'll learn: 

  • Proven steps to get rid of aches and pains, and put the fun back in your life
  • Effective treatment secrets to put you on the path to recovery fast
  • The hidden triggers of pain and inflammation and what to do about it 
  • The breakthrough clues that experts look for when helping their patients
  • Discover what foods can impact your brain
  • The essential nutrients our brain and nerves need to calm pain signalling and give you relief 
  • Easy steps to unlock the keys to optimal health and live pain free

Reclaim your freedom today!

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Posted June 2014
Restoring Order in Health & Chinese Medicine by Steven Birch
Restoring Order in Health and Chinese Medicine: Studies of the Development and use of Qi and the Channels

Stephen Birch, Miguel Angel Cabrer Mir and Manual Roriguez Cuadras. As well as contributions from Dianne Sommers, Chip Chace, Dan Bensky, and Mark Bovey.

In Steven Birch´s latest book 'Restoring Order in Health and Chinese Medicine', you'll find contributions from experienced practitioners discussing qi. It clearly describes the development and usage of the jingmai or meridians/channels of acupuncture. 

Seven authors including Stephen Birch from Holland, Miguel Angel Cabrer Mir and Manuel Rodriguez Cuadras from Spain, Dianne Sommers from Holland, Chip Chace and Dan Bensky from the US and Mark Bovey from the UK present a very in-depth study with contributions. 

The foreword by Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée makes it clear that this book is a must for all students and practitioners of qi related disciplines and those interested in studying qi related practices. For the development and practice of medical systems like acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage the concepts of qi and jingmai are central. Qi is a central concept in a number of self-development traditions from Asia, including Taiji quan, Qigong, and Aikido. 

The authors have drawn from a wide range of scholarly literature, original sources and many years of experience using these different practice methods to expose the history, development, nature, practical understanding and uses of these concepts, seeking the central core focus that guides their use in such a broad range of practice traditions. The cultivation of the practitioner is a central theme and highlighted throughout the early chapters. In addition the last two chapters focus on practical exercises that help develop the inner skills of the practitioner so that they are better able to utilise qi in clinical practice. This book will help both the student and seasoned practitioner deepen their understanding and uses of these traditional concepts.

Contact CHINA BOOKS on (02) 9280 1885 or to order your copy today!

Posted June 2014
Gua sha DVD
Gua sha DVD: A step-by-step visual guide

Arya Nielsen

Gua sha has been used for centuries in Asia, in Asian immigrant communities and by acupuncturists and practitioners of traditional East Asian medicine worldwide.

Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.

Modern research shows that Gua sha produces an anti inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc, and why Gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.

This DVD is a visual companion to the text on Gua sha by Dr. Arya Nielsen. It details the essentials of safe and effective Gua sha practice and shows the step-by-step application of the technique with patients from the First TCM Hospital in Kötzting, Germany. Information from the authors own research is shown including the diagnostic significance of the color of Sha, and immediate Tongue changes as a direct result of Gua Sha.

The technique is applicable in any hands on therapeutic practice and will be of particular interest to acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical therapists, physician and nurses practicing direct patient care. Practitioners are encouraged to learn Gua sha and its clinical applications from a qualified Gua sha instructor.

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Posted May 2014
 Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Body DVD (Orthopedic Assessment of the Upper Body DVD)

 Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Body DVD (Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Body DVD)
Orthopedic Assessment: For the Upper Body / Lower Body

Alan Edmundson

1. Orthopedic Assessment for the Upper Body

2. Orthopedic assessment for the Lower Body

Learn classic assessment techniques for the ankle, knee, hip and spine. Lavishly produced and filled with beautiful 3-D animations that show exactly which structures are involved. Alan will walk you through a logical progression of testing that will reveal the underlying pathology with crystal clarity.

Each section is divided into Subjective Assessment, Observation, Tests, Special Tests and Palpation. This includes tests such as passive range-of-motion, active range-of-motion, strength tests, nerve conduction tests, spinal facet joint assessment, knee meniscus assessment, ligament tests and more. 140 total! 

You will also learn what questions to ask, and exactly what the answers indicate. Each assessment is clearly demonstrated and explained, so you can quickly apply the techniques to your practice! 

2.5 Hours of Assessment! Expand your assessment knowledge with this encyclopaedic resource!

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Posted May 2014
 Aspects of Spirit: (Aspects of Spirit:)
Aspects of Spirit

Elisabeth ROCHAT de la VALLE

In Aspects of Spirit Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée explores the concept of spirit and its relationship to the development of human consciousness through the classical Chinese literature.

Beginning with a section on hun and po (the yin yang aspects of the human soul), moving on to jing shen (vital spirit), and concluding with yi and zhi (intent and will), each section examines the characters for each term, followed by examples of their usage in the classical philosophical texts and concludes with a study of their specific application within the medical texts of the Huangdi Neijing, Suwen and Lingshu.

Because of her intimate knowledge of both the medical and philosophical texts of this period, Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée is uniquely placed within the scholarship of classical Chinese medicine. We are very fortunate that she has brought the depth of her understanding and insight to this fascinating and often misunderstood subject. There has been much debate in recent years concerning the treatment of the spirit within Chinese medicine. This book establishes a firm grounding for that discussion, as well as providing inspiration for our own spiritual cultivation.

‘In our physical life, the spirit needs physical reality in order to express itself, and that physical reality needs to be controlled and inspired by spirit.’

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Posted May 2014
Common Laboratory Tests used by TCM Practitioners
PSOAS MAJOR: A Guide for Manual and Movement Therapists DVD

with Dr Joe E.  Muscolino

"Perhaps no muscles are more misunderstood and have more dysfunction attributed to them than the psoas muscles."

Psoas Major is one of the most important muscles in the body. The intimate and direct association of the psoas major with the spine, as well as its indirect effect upon the spine via pelvic posture, and its role in femoral hip joint function, this muscle merits the needed study for its roles in motion and stabilization.

This DVD demonstrates and discusses:

Review of actions and attachments

  • Length assessment
  • Palpation assessment
  • Soft tissue manipulation: supine, side lying, 3/4 side-lying, prone and seated positions
  • Self care stretches for clients
  • Corrective Rest Position for the psoas major
  • Bonus: Multiple yoga asanas (pose) that are effective for stretching the psoas major.

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Posted April 2014
Common Laboratory Tests used by TCM Practitioners
Common Laboratory Tests Used by TCM Practitioners

When to Refer Patients for Lab Tests and How to Read and Interpret  the Results

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners need to have an understanding of Western medical testing to recognize when laboratory tests are required and to interpret test results that are brought to them by patients.

This book is an essential reference for the TCM classroom and clinic that teaches how to use and understand conventional lab testing in the treatment and referral of patients.

Focusing on symptoms that commonly present in TCM practices, the book groups the lab tests by diseases or systems. Within each chapter are TCM case studies and perspectives, as well as multiple choice quizzes that test the reader's knowledge.

Co-written by a doctor of Western medicine and an acupuncture physician, the book aims to familiarize TCM practitioners with the terminology and methodology of lab tests, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western schools of medicine and promoting an integrative approach to improve the overall care of the patient.

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Posted April 2014
Fundamentals of Chinese Fingernail Image Diagnosis (FID)
Fundamentals of Chinese Fingernail Image Diagnosis (FID)

Dr. Jie-jia Li, Dr. Jian-ping Fu, Dr. Jack Li

This book is a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of Chinese Fingernail Image Diagnosis (FID), a non-invasive clinical examination which can assess an individual's state of health. FID can be used as an auxiliary diagnostic method to provide diagnostic clues and proper guidance for treatment. One great strength of this method is its non-invasive nature.

Formed by blood and Qi between the nail bed and nail plate, the fingernail image can be used to observe pathological changes within the body. This book equips readers with the knowledge needed to analyse fingernail images and assess them for diagnostic purposes. Covering the origins of Fingernail Image Diagnosis, methods of examination and the practical application of FID for assisting diagnosis in a wide range of common disorders, the authors provide a complete guide to FID, with illustrations, visuals and detailed case examples.

This practical quick reference guide and introduction to FID will be useful for anyone interested in diagnostic techniques, especially those working in the fields of Chinese Medicine, integrative medicine and alternative healthcare.

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Posted April 2014
Pricking the Vessels
Pricking the Vessels: Bloodletting Therapy in Chinese Medicine

Henry McCann

The first text on bloodletting therapy for Western practitioners of Chinese medicine, this authoritative introduction explores the history, theory and function of the practice.

Bloodletting therapy, which works to remove internal and external disruptions to the system through the withdrawal of small quantities of blood, has numerous benefits, especially concerning the treatment of complex or chronic disease.

This book provides a concise overview of bloodletting therapy. It clarifies the fundamental Chinese medical theory related to blood and the network vessels, and explores the history, including the classical acupuncture lineage of Tung Ching Chang whose work is attracting increasing attention in the West. It also features in-depth discussion on the benefits of and practice guidelines for bloodletting.

Through the exploration of classic texts and contemporary standards, the book provides everything needed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the technique and to encourage its use as a viable treatment option in the West. 

The book is a complete and eye-opening resource on bloodletting therapy, and will be an invaluable addition to the libraries of acupuncturists, as well as students and practitioners of Chinese medicine and anyone interested in Chinese approaches to health.

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