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cover The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted J. Kaptchuk

Book Description
Completely and thoroughly revised, The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic, comprehensive guide on the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in the synthesizing of Western and Eastern healing practices.

8 / 10 by M.L. on 6/13/03
As someone who read this book knowing very little about Oriental Medicine, I found it very informative. I highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to build a foundation on which to learn more about TCM. For someone new to acupuncture it does go a little bit in depth in later chapters concerning various disharmonies...and I found myself confused because I lacked the basic knowledge of the organs to follow along.

Overall, this book is probably a good intro, if a little difficult to follow at times.

M.L.: I will be a first year student of Oriental Medicine in the Fall of 2003 at the New York College of Health Professions in Syosset, NY.

7 / 10 by S.A.K. on 2/10/03
This is a great book. That being said, I think it isnt for the "faint of heart." It was the first TCM book I got and it took we several times of throwing it back on the shelf before finally slogging throught the whole thing.

Perhaps because his training and knowledge is vastly more advanced that most Western practitioners, Dr. K. assumes alot of previous knowledge. Regardless of the fact that alot of schools and various programs recommend this as one of the first texts to be read, it is NOT an introductory text. I also dont think that most practitioners would find it particularly useful as a day to day reference book in their offices. Thats not its purpose. This is TCM Kaptchuk style, complete with literally hundreds of vastly obscure references and chapters which can seem to be more explanatory and bibliographic notes than they are original scholarship.

S.A.K.: I will be starting my Master's in Oriental Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe in January. I have been studying TCM on my own for about a year now and cant wait to get started formally.

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