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Feb 07, 2012
| ISBN 9780307358813
Mar 08, 2011
| ISBN 9780307358820
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Feb 07, 2012 | ISBN 9780307358813
Mar 08, 2011 | ISBN 9780307358820
The charismatic author of Reflections of the Moon on Water brings her years of experience in the healing wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine to show how Western women can achieve lifelong health, beauty and wellness.From the moment we first become self-conscious about our looks, most of us want to appear young and beautiful. For some, the pursuit of beauty extends to lotions, potions and the surgeon’s scalpel. But Xiaolan Zhao believes the ultimate source of beauty is health and well-being.In this wise and important book, Dr. Zhao talks about inner and outer beauty, using personal stories, anecdotes and case studies from her TCM practice. She also covers the fundamentals of beauty, preventing and treating skin damage, caring for sensitive skin, the benefits of acupuncture, helpful non-surgical procedures, and nutrition. With a special emphasis on women’s health and beauty issues, the book covers a plethora of relevant topics, such as baby skin problems, acne in adolescence and beyond, rosacea, eczema, allergies and rashes, skin cancer, wrinkles.Providing a foreword, as well as thoughtful commentary and information on Western medical views, is dermatologist Dr. Sandy Skotnicki. Dr. Skotnicki first met Xiaolan as a patient, and the two doctors discovered they had many common interests and concerns regarding lifelong health and beauty.What’s more, there is an invaluable reference section featuring TCM and traditional treatments for a wide variety of conditions, including recipes for salves and infusions that you can make at home using ingredients purchased at a Chinese apothecary or from a TCM practitioner.
DR. XIAOLAN ZHAO was working as a Western-trained surgeon in China when she became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and decided to go back to school to earn a degree in TCM. After immigrating to Canada in the late… More about Xiaolan Zhao
“Learn the wisdom and practical techniques shared in this book to find your inner beauty, and your outer beauty will follow. I highly recommend Dr. Xiaolan Zhao’s book Inner Beauty to everyone.” — Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, Founder, Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment and author of The Power of Soul
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body’s balance depends on consuming the right amounts of various types of foods. For example, too much salt can cause a Kidney imbalance, leading to high blood pressure, water retention and headaches. Too many sweets can cause Dampness in the Spleen, leading to poor digestion, irregular bowel movements and swelling. TCM also uses food as medicine, particularly medicinal herbs, which help to balance the organ systems, and food herbs, which help to strengthen and support the body, as well as prevent disease. TCM’s use of customized blends of herbs suited to each patient’s particular makeup and situation contrasts with the Western medical practice of designing drugs for conditions and then giving them to everyone who displays that condition. The diet recommended by a TCM practitioner will vary according to the weather and the patient’s internal and external condition. Above all, TCM preaches moderation and balance in diet, based on each person’s basic constitution, current health and climatic factors. Foods are also classified by flavours and affinities for specific Organs. For example, sour foods (vinegar, lemons) are associated with the Liver; salty foods (celery, seaweed) with the Kidneys; bitter foods (dark green leafy vegetables, bitter melon) with the Heart; and pungent foods (tofu, garlic) with the Lung. Foods are also categorized by temperature as it relates to their energetic qualities: Hot and Warm foods include pumpkin, ginger, onions and chicken, for example, while Neutral, Cool or Cold foods include barley, lettuce, tomato and duck among others. I will discuss diet more fully in Chapter Six, which is on nutrition and lifestyle.
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