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Book Review: «Between Heaven and Earth – A Guide to Chinese Medicine» by Beinfield / Korngold

To anchor yourself in this book, there is a chapter with a simple questionnaire which you can answer and which charts your “constitution”. It will show you where your strengths and weaknesses are, as well as your physical, psychological and emotional state. There is a chapter on how to treat yourself with “kitchen medicine” as well as classic information on Chinese medical herbs. The authors are two TCM practitioners who have written this reference book for lay readers, about the philosophy, diagnostic techniques, and possible treatments. They also show us how the five Chinese elements – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water – enable us to begin to understand our own patterns of physical and emotional health.

This book not only opens the door for our learning but it connects mind and body, theory and practice, professional and self-care, East and West. It is an essential handbook, full of details and knowledge for those who want to learn more about this ancient healing practice.

Beinfield, Harriet L.Ac. and Efrem Korngold, L.Ac., O.M.D. (1992). «Between Heaven and Earth – A Guide to Chinese Medicine».