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The traditional medicines of Middle Asia are rich and varied - from the Unani and Siddha medicines of southern India, to the Sufi healing practices of the Middle East. For the first time, Dr. Marc S. Micozzi draws together the ancient healing wisdom of traditional Indian, Tibetan, and Middle Eastern medicines. He sets forth the compelling idea that vital energy, expressed as 'prana' in the Indian practice of Ayur Veda and 'qi' in traditional Chinese medicine, is a unifying concept that underpins and connects all of these traditions. Describing the origins, health promotion strategies, diagnostic techniques, and modern-day uses of each approach, he also draws parallels to and finds correlations with mainstream Western concepts, and demonstrates how these CAM therapies fit within the context of their own cultures and ours. This groundbreaking book will be of interest to practitioners of all Middle Eastern and Asian medical traditions, complementary and alternative health practitioners, and anyone else with an interest in Middle Eastern and Asian approaches to health and wellbeing.
'Dr. Marc Micozzi, a physician and anthropologist, promotes the notion that insights "have been converging on a new... understanding of energy in human physiology as related to [healing]." He explains Ayurveda's Indic roots, South India's Siddha healing, yoga, Tibetan and Sufi healing, and the Unani Greco-Arabic Tibb system. Common threads in these "lesser known Middle Asian ethno-medical traditions" affirm ancient wisdom, expand the healing spectrum, and offer practical alternative care.' - ForeWord Reviews 'This book offers a great outline/overview of multiple healing traditions - including also the larger context of how Western medicine went astray from this understanding and the results of that distorted allopathic focus (wasteful healthcare spending and chronic illness). Readers from many backgrounds can appreciate this scholarly work. This book is suited to both professionals in the healing arts as well as laypersons. If medical students were to read this we might have a much more effective health care workforce, where people would have a better understanding of health and the forces that govern our well-being. This book is well-researched and it even includes an appendix of Asian medicine treatment approaches for common health concerns.' - Jed Shlackman, Licensed Mental Health Counsellor and Certified Hypnotherapist
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th August 2011
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers