Recommended Reading

IMG_4191About Chinese Medicine:

Kaptchuk, T. The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine.

This is the classic guide to both the theory and practice of Chinese Medicine.  It can be read at various different levels of interest: you can understand a bit about philosophy, dive into the extensive endnotes and research references, or if you want to try finding acupuncture points on yourself you can do that too.

Beinfield, H. and E. Korngold, Between Heaven and Earth.

This is a great introduction to the medicine and less densely written than the previous recommendation. It also includes theory and practice and ideas for self-care.

Lewis, R. The Infertility Cure.

This approach to reproductive health is based on Chinese medicine.Techniques and remedies include diet, herbs, and acupressure.

An online resource for all sorts of questions you might have about acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

This is the national organization for practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The link to research on acupuncture is useful for patients and practitioners.

The Minnesota association of practitioners has links to legislation that impacts access to acupuncture as well as other helpful resources.


About food and healing:

Carr, K. Crazy, sexy diet.

Sound food and healing advice with a sense of fun. Very readable.

Chavarro, J. and W. Willett, The Fertility Diet.

This book examines the research in nutrition and fertility and provides meal guidelines and recipes.

Emmons, H. The Chemistry of Calm.

Advice on food and mindfulness in order to reduce anxiety, fear, and worry.

Pitchford, P. Healing with Whole Foods.

This book not only guides you through some of the theory and practice of Chinese medical food therapy, but it has lots of information from western nutritional science and good recipes too.Dense, but what a resource!

Leggett, D. Recipes for Self-Healing.

The recipes in this book are based on the Chinese medical understanding of energies in food. You can use them more easily after you have a little input about what your body’s pattern is and what can help support your healing.

Katz, R. The Cancer-fighting Kitchen.

Gorgeous and delicious recipes for everyone, with sidebars of nutritional info such as the importance of turmeric or mushrooms for cancer free living.

Servan-Schreiber, D. Anti cancer: A new way of life.

This approach highlights food in the treatment of cancer.

A talk about angiogenesis—the role of food in preventing and treating cancer

Craving sugar? This article can help you rethink that chocolate chip cookie.

The CSA that delivers delicious produce to Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine every week of the summer. Yum!

About Meditation:

Kabat-Zinn, J. Full Catastrophe Living.

The classic guide for understanding your inner wisdom in order to heal body, mind, and spirit.

Klein, E. 50 Ways to Unstick your Karma.

Online book with links to meditations.