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A Patient’s Guide to Chinese Medicine—Dr. Shen’s Handbook of Herbs and Acupuncture

by Joel Harvey Schreck

With an emphasis on traditional herbal therapy and a clear explanation of ancient Chinese medical theory and practice, this “patient’s guide” offers readers a quick way to find the recommended treatment for more than 40 common ailments from acne and allergies to weight gain and yeast infections. Detailed information on herbal properties, preparation, dosage, and effectiveness make this an easy-to-use handbook for getting optimum help from traditional Chinese herbs and practices.

This book also provides a detailed description of common herbs and formulas and how they interact within the framework of traditional Chinese medical theories of chi, the vital organs, yin and yang, and more.

About the Author

Joel Harvey Schreck, L.Ac. (aka Dr. Shen) is a licensed acupuncturist with more than twenty years in private practice. During this time he has treated tens of thousands of patients. Schooled in Hong Kong and San Francisco, he is co-founder of the Shen Clinic and co-founder of the popular Dr. Shen line of natural medicines, available in natural food stores nationally. He is also an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California.


This book will be an inspiration as well as a comprehensive and practical guide for all who are drawn to the deep wisdom and enormous health benefits of Chinese traditional medicine …clearly articulated and interesting. —Efrem Korngold, OMD, L.Ac., co-author Between Heaven and Earth, A Guide to Chinese Medicine

Table of Contents

    Ackowledgements and Confessions
Preface — Getting Started
 1   Methods of Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture • Moxibustion • Massage and
Body Work • Meditation, Movement, and Martial Arts • Herbal Medicine
 2   A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture and Herbs
What Patients Expect from Practitioners • What
Practitioners Expect from Patients • Herbal Pointers •Acupuncture
Pointers • Chinese Medicine in the U.S. Health Care System
 3   Understanding Theories of Chinese Medicine
Qi and Blood • Yin and Yang • The Eight
Principles • The Fourteen Channels • The Five Phases •
The Five Emotions • The Twelve Organs • Applying the Theories
 4 Chinese Medicine in Action: Case Studies
Diagnosing Olga • Mr. Brown and Mr. Silver • John, Rita, and Patrick
 5   Famous Herbal Medicines
 6 Treatment of Ailments A to Z
Acne • Addiction to Alcohol, Nicotine, and Other Substances • Allergies • Alzheimer’s • Arthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis and Joint Pain • Asthma • ADD/ADHD • Back Pain • Bleeding Disorders • Cancer • High Cholesterol • Cold and Flu • Constipation • Cysts and Other Accumulations • Depression and Anxiety • Diabetes • Digestive Problems • Ear Problems: Ear Ringing and Hearing Loss • Eczema, Psoriasis, and Other Inflammatory Skin Conditions • Energy Issues and Chronic Fatigue • Epilepsy and Seizures • Hair Loss and Gray Hair • Headaches • Heart Health • Hepatitis • Hemorrhoids • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) • Immunity • Infertility, Pregnancy, and Miscarriage • Injury, Trauma, and Pain • Insomnia • Irritable Bowel Syndrome • Lice • Menopause and Hot Flashes • Nausea, Vomiting, Gastric Reflux, and Morning Sickness • Pain • Prostate • Sexual Problems: Male or Female Impotence, Low Libido • Thyroid Problems • Warts • Weight Gain, Weight Loss, and Diets • Vaginal Yeast Infections • Zoster and Other Viruses
 7 Herbs and Their Categories
Introduction Herbs that Release Exterior Conditions • • Warm Pungent Herbs that Release the Exterior • Cool Pungent Herbs that Release the Exterior • Herbs that Clear Heat • Herbs that Clear Heat and Cool the Blood • Herbs that Clear Heat and Clean Toxins • Herbs that Clear and Relieve Summer Heat • Herbs that Drain Downward • Purgatives • Moist Laxatives • Harsh Cathartics • Herbs that Drain Dampness • Herbs that Expel Wind and Damp from the Surface • Herbs that Transform Phlegm and Stop Coughing • Herbs that Transform Hot Phlegm • Herbs that Transform Cold Phlegm • Herbs that Relieve Coughing and Wheezing • Herbs that Transform Dampness • Herbs that Relieve Food Stagnation • Herbs that Regulate the Qi • Herbs that Regulate the Blood • Herbs that Nourish the Blood • Herbs that Vitalize the Blood • Herbs that Stop Bleeding • Herbs that Warm the Interior • Herbs that Strengthen (Tonifying Herbs) • Herbs that Tonify the Qi • Herbs that Tonify the Yang • Herbs that Tonify the Yin • Herbs that Astringe • Herbs that Nourish the Heart and Settle the Spirit • Herbs that Nourish the Heart • Herbs that Settle the Spirit • Aromatic Herbs that Open the Orifices • Herbs that Extinguish Interior Wind and Stop Tremors • Herbs that Expel Parasites • Herbs for Topical Application
Appendix 1: Chinese Herb List and Pronunciation Guide
Appendix 2: The Organs: Their Functions, Characteristics, and Correspondences
Appendix 3: The Processing and Purity of Chinese Herbs
Appendix 4: Food as Medicine
Reading List
U.S. Schools of Chinese Medicine
Manufacturers of Chinese MedicineGlossaryIndex