From nutritional and herbal supplementation to acupuncture protocols, traditional Chinese medicine has played an important role in healing for centuries. And now Chinese Medicine: Clinical Reference Guide integrates this body of knowledge with Western nutritional supplementation in one slim, essential tool. This is an ideal reference not only for practitioners of Chinese medicine but for all practitioners of natural medicine.
Authors Siamak F. Shirazi and Julie A. Shivley focus on treatments established by traditional Chinese medicine to address common imbalances within the paired organ systems of the body. They also include recommendations for nutritional and herbal supplementation, acupuncture protocols, and diet. You’ll find simple, foundational recipes designed to restore balance and health. And best of all, everything in this slim volume can be readily translated in your daily practice.
Throughout, Shirazi and Shivley adhere to one of the key philosophies of traditional Chinese medicine: “food as medicine.” Most medical schools in China have specific branches dedicated to the study of the healing effects of food and herbs—a concept that’s long been anathema in the West. But such attitudes are in decline, and many practitioners now understand the synergistic effects of recipes and formulations that can treat ailments with foods or imbalances with herbs.
This reference is a detailed guide through the five vital yin/yang organ pairs so integral to the practice of Chinese medicine: lung/large intestine; heart/small intestine; liver/gallbladder/spleen/stomach. Understanding these systems and how they relate to optimal health should be a priority for practitioners, and Chinese Medicine covers them in all their intricacies:
- Common Syndromes and Imbalances
- Signs and Symptoms Resulting from Imbalances
- Dietary Recommendations
- Nutritional and Herbal Supplement Recommendations
- General Acupuncture Treatment Recommendations
- Case Study with Treatment Plan
The remaining pages cover diet guidelines and specific recipes, as well as keys to guide you through recommended nutritional supplements from Standard Process and herbal supplements from MediHerb. The authors note that these two companies are known for their pure, high quality, whole food ingredients and strict standards of production.
For practitioners seeking to provide exceptional support in a busy practice, Chinese Medicine is destined to become a treasured daily resource and reference guide.
About the Authors
Siamak F. Shirazi obtained his master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1995 and finished his post-graduate studies at the University of Harbin’s medical school in China that same year. He was awarded the Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree from Canada’s College of Natural Medicine in Montreal in 2008. He holds a certification in Homeopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Siamak is president emeritus of the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is currently serving on an advisory committee to the Oregon Medical Board.
Julie A. Shivley holds a BS degree in Finance from the University of Illinois, with six years of experience as a research analyst for a Chicago investment counsel firm. From there she studied midwifery at Birthingway College of Midwifery, practicing for five years as a homebirth midwife and in later years volunteering in that capacity. She is a nutritional consultant and preconception/fertility consultant with over 20 years of education and experience in the clinical and institutional application of nutrition and herbal medicine. In addition to private clinical work, for ten years she has served the role of Oregon Field Representative for Standard Process and MediHerb. Her focus is on customer service and education through consultation, research, and protocols that apply nutritional and herbal support for a broad array of health care issues. She presents educational seminars on current health care topics to students in the Naturopathic, Chiropractic, and Chinese Medicine arenas, as well as to licensed health care professionals throughout Oregon. It is her goal to bring about a shift in the foundational understanding of vital health through diet, lifestyle, and nutritional/herbal support.