Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing

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Price
$40.00  $36.80
Publisher
Lantern Books
Publish Date
Pages
424
Dimensions
7.1 X 8.42 X 1.05 inches | 1.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781590560921

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About the Author

Lorie Eve Dechar holds a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD, 1985. Lorie has trained in Jungian and Gestalt psychotherapy, is a certified Focusing-oriented psychotherapist, and has become recognized as a modern interpreter of classical Taoist practice

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Reviewed by Andy Wickens

In her first book, Dechar aims to identify the essential tenets of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, melding the mythic practices with thephilosophy and techniques taught to modern practitioners. Central to her practice, as illustrated here, is her notion of "Alchemical Acupuncture"--theblending of acupuncture, the Five Spirits of traditional Chinese medicine, and the psychosomatic healing of Taoist psychology. Dechar presents case studies throughout, illustrating principles from her practice. She strivesnot to translate Chinese medicine into a Western form of understanding but instead supports Western expansion of consciousness to allow for anunderstanding of this type of reality. Her depth of understanding is evident, and this impressive goal may best be placed into the hands of existing practitioners. Dechar's book is admirable in its scope but difficult in its detail. The concepts are explained well, but the average consumer may find it all a bit overwhelming. Recommended for public libraries and alternative medicine collections and highly recommended for students in the field.-- (02/01/2006)