Health, Relief & Maintenance Practices

There is a tradition within the Chinese view of life for at least a modest amount of self-sufficient concern for one's heath. After all, a philosophy of subtle relations between the microcosm (person) and the macrocosm (universe) would, in any event, foster the ability to take care of yourself and those around you to some degree. It's certainly more difficult to understand this philosophy if you have absolutely no knowledge of or sovereignty over your own body. We have here many practices which do not require great study or prolonged concentration to acquire. Peruse these titles and see what strikes your interest. We can almost guarantee there will be something ...

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Chinese Tui Na MassageKC026 Chinese Tui Na Massage
Xu Xiang Cai

$18.95 PLUM price 17.00, 218 pages, softbound, illustrated,

This text is subtitled “The Essential Guide to Treating Injuries, Improving Health & Balancing Qi”. Here is a straight-forward and serviceable book on Chinese massage techniques for health. Many teachers and practitioners of martial arts, Chinese and otherwise, can gain great relief, reduce the chances and influences of injuries and optimize their practice by the application of Tui Na. In China this art is highly esteemed and definitely part of the overall picture of Chinese medicine which far too many people assume is centered only around acupuncture. Tui Na is the inspiration for Swedish massage but has a technique all its own of great efficacy. This text shows all the basic moves, discusses the Tui Na relationship to the meridian system and deals with treating specific injuries and ailments. The structure of the book is easy and clear listing the application of the technique as well as key points and variations. Previous experience helpful but not mandatory.

Chopsticks Acupuncture KC030 Chopsticks Acupuncture
Shmuel Halevi

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Reviewed by Narrye Caldwell L.Ac.:

When Shmuel Halevi’s book, “Chopsticks Acupuncture,”first came across my desk I’m embarrassed to admit I thought it had to be some kind of gimmick. I’m so glad I set aside my initial reaction and read it. This is a well written and practical self help book that teaches the reader how to stimulate acupuncture points with sticks to treat pain and disease. Halevi is an Israeli acupuncturist with close to 30 years of experience in Chinese Medicine. He provides a clear and concise section on the history and basic concepts of Chinese Medicine. The rest of the book is devoted to discussing point prescriptions and stimulation techniques with different types of sticks for various diseases. I was particularly impressed by the point location diagrams and the photographs that show proper stick manipulation. The book is so well done that anyone could feel confident trying out these methods.

What really won me over was Halevi’s story of how he “discovered” this method. He was in agonizing pain from a kidney stone, and unable to treat himself with acupuncture because of his own pain and the difficulty of reaching the necessary points with needles. In a desperate attempt to find relief he jammed a stick that one of his children had been playing with into the most tender point on his back. He experienced relief after a few minutes of pressure. This experience led him to explore the use of sticks in his acupuncture practice and the result is this book. Having experienced the agony of kidney stones myself, and having been nowhere near as resourceful in handling it, my hat is off to Halevi for coming up with this ingenious approach that anyone can use.

$26.95, 296 pages, softbound, illustrated

Shinese Self Massage TherapyKC024 Chinese Self Massage Therapy
“The Easy Way to Health”
Fan Ya Li

$17.95, 154 pages, softbound, illustrated

Tui Na, Chinese Massage, is a great health practice. Here is Tui Na applied by yourself to yourself. It has always been a source of confusion and consternation to us that so few people touch their own bodies in a self regulated form of health practice. What could be more rational and simple. But so many of us no longer feel like we own our bodies anymore. We go to the doctor for pills and, worse, permission to feel. These are simple, straight forward techniques. Don’t think you have to be a nurse or health practitioner to do this. Even one technique could release pain and allow you to gain more control of your own health.

Shaolin Herbal Formulas

KS007 Secret Shaolin Formulas
for the treatment of External Injury
Transmitted by Patriarch De Chan,
translated by Zhang Ting-Liang & Bob Flaws

$19.95, 152 pages, softbound

This book contains hundreds of authentic herbal formulae for external injuries. It was compiled by De Chan (from whom, by the by, we personally learned the Shaolin Ba Duan Jin years ago). These records from the Shaolin Temple itself cover such martially specific injuries as prescriptions for injuries such as "Neck Hit by Halberd" and "Injury to Bone Due to Poisonous Arrow". Plasters are also given. This book shows real formulae and therefore not necessarily composed of easily obtained herbs. Prescriptions are in Pinyin and Latin. Topics include Medicinal Wines, Dim Mak injuries, Fall and Strike injuries and more. No illustrations.

A Tooh from the Tiger's MouthKT036 A Tooth from the Tiger's Mouth
Tom Bisio

$13.95, 240 pages, softbound,

This new book is not exactly a Qigong text. It does talk about the many interesting and useful aspects of martial arts as related to general health and particularized Chinese medicine. It covers diet, poultices and plasters, moxibustion and other treatments for the vicissitudes inevitable in life and martial practice. A lot of folk medicine here and one of the first books where the Western knowledge of medicine and the Eastern approach are casually and easily married. This is an authentic branch of Chinese medicine roughly equivalent to "sports medicine" only centuries older and in some cases more effective. It has been associated with Kung Fu practice for millennia.
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Essential Anatomy for Martial ArtistsKE009 Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts
Marc Tedeschi

$29.95 ,  143 pages, Oversized
"Hurt book copy" (may be light scuffing to cover) $14.95  

This unique book will familiarize practitioners and martial artists with basic concepts of the human body, as defined by both Western and Eastern Medical traditions. Written in a clear, concise style, this beautiful and informative text presents information previously unavailable in a single source.

  • Over 133 line drawings and 60 photos in color and B/W
  • Twenty essential self-massage and revival techniques
  • Detailed principles of pressure point fighting
  • Comprehensive listing of pressure points in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean along with translations of the names

This is a long-overdue text that is very nicely and clearly illustrated and perfect resource for martial artists interested in point location from both a healing and martial perspective. We would show you a picture of the inside but all it is is a series of extremely comprehensive lists of point correspondences. Definitely a good reference volume.