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Chinese natural cures
Lu, Henry C.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1999.

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528 pages : illustrations ; 34 cm
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R601 .L8748 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The most comprehensive, trusted, and user-friendly guide to Chinese traditional medicine is finally available in a handy paperback.

A perennial backlist bestseller in hardcover, Chinese Natural Cures remains the most complete and up-to-date book available in the Western world on the system and wisdom of Chinese medicine.

Traditional Chinese medicine is made up of four distinct methods of treatment: the use of herbs, acupuncture, the use of certain foods, and massage. Its practices can be used side-by-side with traditional Western medicine and have been growing steadily in popularity in the U.S. over the past decade. Written by world renowned practitioner Dr. Henry C. Lu, Chinese Natural Cures is a complete and user-friendly guide to the principals and methods of Chinese medicine. Included here are treatments for dozens of ailments and complaints such as body pains, digestive problems, sleep disorders, infertility, and more. An encyclopedic section on herbs includes the classification of all Chinese herbs and their application, and a comprehensive section on the Chinese system of food cures offers vital information on how a wide variety of foods can prevent or cure disease. Dozens of easy-to-follow charts organize all of this invaluable information for reference at a glance.

This handsomely designed new paperback edition is smaller and handier, and is sure to bring the traditions of Chinese medicine to an even wider audience.

Author Notes

Henry C. Lu, Ph.D., has been practicing Chinese medicine since 1972, and teaches Chinese medicine all over the world. Dr. Lu's books are recommended by the Board of Acupuncture Examiners in the United States. He currently lives in Vancouver, Canada.



Traditional Chinese medicine goes back over 3,000 years. It was not developed by any particular individual; rather, it grew out of the necessity of maintaining good health among the Chinese people. The ancient Chinese, like all of us, had to struggle against diseases in order to stay in good health. In the process, they came to see the benefits of consuming herbs (known as Chinese herbology today), inserting needles in the body (known as Chinese acupuncture today), eating the right foods (known as Chinese food cures today), massaging the body (knows as Chinese manipulative therapy today) and exercising the body (known as qi-gong and tai-ji). Today, traditional Chinese medicine is practiced in China side by side with modern Western medicine. There are as many hospitals of traditional Chinese medicine as modern hospitals of Western medicine. From the Chinese point of view, traditional Chinese medicine is on an equal footing with Western medicine. You may ask why we need traditional Chinese medicine when modern, scientific medicine is available to all of us. The reason is that many diseases and ailments that cannot be cured by Western medicine can be treated by traditional Chinese medicine successfully. It is a fact that many patients experience instant relief of pain when treated with Chinese acupuncture, which cannot be achieved by Western medicine. In addition, traditional Chinese medicine has proven superior to Western medicine in the treatment of skin, liver and kidneys diseases, as well as many other diseases. Excerpted from Chinese Natural Cures by Henry C. Lu Copyright (c)1994. Reprinted with permission by BD&L Publishers Excerpted from Chinese Natural Cures: Traditional Methods for Remedies and Prevention by Henry C. Lu All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Philosophy and Methods
The system of traditional
Chinese medicine
Philosophy Causes of diseases
The internal organs
Diagnosis: methods and syndromes 8 grand methods of treatment
Traditional food remedies Longevity and conventional
Chinese wisdom Acupuncture
Clinical diagnosis: case studies
Treatment of complaints
Treatment of diagnosed disorders
Classification of Chinese herbs
Herbs and their legends Herbal formulas
Food Cures
Energies and flavors of foods
Actions of foods and the balanced diet
Body types and the Yin-Yang principles
Preventing and curing ailments
Chinese diet for weight loss
Deficiency and excess diseases and Chinese foods
Deficiency and excess diseases and aging
Making and storing food cures
Energy tonic foods Blood tonic foods
Yin tonic foods
Yang tonic foods
Lung and live tonic foods
Heart and stomach tonic foods Spleen tonic foods
Foods for eliminating toxic heat
Foods for eliminating damp heat
Foods for eliminating sputum
Foods for promoting energy circulation
Foods for promoting blood circulation
Miscellaneous useful foods