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52 Reviews Journal of Chinese Medicine • Number 90 • June 2009 rather than to accept the writing of one are directed downward, the body fluids There is a substantial amount of new, particular physician, and encourages are generated. When the body fluids revised and updated information in us as practitioners to grow and develop are generated, fire and qi are naturally this second edition, including many through constant learning. directed downward. They flow as they more useful new formulas, and I have Throughout the book there are should and not in a perverse manner.” no hesitation in recommending it references to classical and contemporary It is a strength of this second edition whole heartedly to all students and texts, and in Chapter 15 (formulas that that it not only gives us information on practitioners. treat dryness) in the section on the actions how to use herbs, but provides a well and synergies between chief and deputy constructed and logical argument for Tony Booker ingredients, we find the recommendation why the herbs in a formula are selected This book is available at a reduced price from by some contemporary sources that mai and how they interact with each other, the JCM bookshop www.jcm.co.uk men dong should be used at dosages and consequently how these properties of between 45g and 70g in the formula have resulted in them being used for Ophiopogonis decoction (mai men the bio‑medical diseases that they have dong tang) and that lesser amounts will become associated with. diminish the formula’s efficacy. We are There is little or no mention in guided to the New Compilation of Materia the book of the pharmacokinetics Medica where an extended discussion or pharmacodynamics of particular argues, formulas, adverse reactions are not “Ophiopogonis Radix (mai men dong) mentioned, nor is nephro, hepato or feto drains lurking heat from the Lungs and toxicity. I think that this is acceptable clears heat pathogens from the Stomach. in a book of this kind as it allows the It tonifies consumptive damage of authors to retain their focus on the AuRICuLAR ACuPunCTuRE the Heart qi, stops vomiting of blood, history, traditional usage and application & ADDICTIon augments the essence, strengthens the yin, of herbal formulas. I would, however, Kim Wager with Sue Cox relieves irritability, stops thirst, beautifies have liked to have seen a discussion Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier (2009), the complexion, is pleasing to the skin, on the controversy surrounding the softback, £29 reduces fever from deficiency, resolves usage of xi xin ‑ possibly one of the C Lung dryness and stops coughing. It truly biggest current controversies affecting linicians who practice auricular should be prescribed as a chief herb, but Chinese medicine and one that seems and traditional acupuncture can also be used as a deputy or assistant. to have been overlooked in this text. may find this book challenging. Unfortunately the common people do Conservation issues seemed to be covered Instead of providing the mechanisms, not know about the marvellous uses of only sporadically. There is a mention methodology and practice of ear mai men dong (anymore). Gradually of rhinoceros horn and its endangered acupuncture for addiction as the title they have used less and less (of it) and status but nothing when it comes to the suggests, this book focuses heavily on it no longer achieves results. Thi
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