The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine

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  • PDF eBook: 559 pages
  • Author: Ted Kaptchuk
  • Published: 2000

The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese alternative medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in synthesizing Western and Eastern healing practices. This revised edition is the product of years of further reflection on ancient Chinese sources and active involvement in cutting-edge scientific research.

From the book’s Foreword:

The chapters to follow begin an important exposition of the ancient art of Chinese medicine in terms that can be understood by a Western audience. The author has deftly avoided, as much as possible, the pitfall of interpreting Chinese theory through Western terminology, thereby leaving the central Chinese concept of medical patterns and disharmonies undisturbed.
A word of caution to those who would judge the images and vocabulary as inconsequential or as the babblings of a primitive society because of their own lack of familiarity with the terms: for thousands of years the Chinese have observed life processes and relationships between man and his environment.

From this observation, the art of Chinese medicine has developed vocabulary to describe myriad subtle body patterns, a method of description not available to Western medicine because of its emphasis on disease states. The Chinese approach is a more holistic consideration of health and disease and of the delicate interplay between these opposing forces.

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  • PDF eBook: 559 pages
  • Author: Ted Kaptchuk
  • Published: 2000

The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese alternative medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in synthesizing Western and Eastern healing practices. This revised edition is the product of years of further reflection on ancient Chinese sources and active involvement in cutting-edge scientific research.

From the book’s Foreword:

The chapters to follow begin an important exposition of the ancient art of Chinese medicine in terms that can be understood by a Western audience. The author has deftly avoided, as much as possible, the pitfall of interpreting Chinese theory through Western terminology, thereby leaving the central Chinese concept of medical patterns and disharmonies undisturbed.
A word of caution to those who would judge the images and vocabulary as inconsequential or as the babblings of a primitive society because of their own lack of familiarity with the terms: for thousands of years the Chinese have observed life processes and relationships between man and his environment.

From this observation, the art of Chinese medicine has developed vocabulary to describe myriad subtle body patterns, a method of description not available to Western medicine because of its emphasis on disease states. The Chinese approach is a more holistic consideration of health and disease and of the delicate interplay between these opposing forces.

Reviews:

In a time of increased awareness of environment, health, and the personal responsibility of mankind, it seems that an integration of East and West should be mutually beneficial. Dr.  Kaptchuk has attempted a most difficult job, to begin bridging the gap by making available this critical and timely exposition to those who wish to understand the art of medicine from a different viewpoint. Indeed, the web may have found its weaver.

“The Web That Has No Weaver opens the great door of understanding to the profoundness of Chinese medicine.”
—People’s Daily, Beijing, China

“The Web That Has No Weaver with its manifold merits … is a successful introduction to Chinese medicine. We recommend it to our colleagues in China.”
—Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Chinese
Medicine, Beijing, China

“Ted Kaptchuk’s book [has] something for practically everyone . . .Kaptchuk, himself an extraordinary combination of elements, is a thinker whose writing is more accessible than that of Joseph Needham or Manfred Porkert with no less scholarship. There is more here to think about, chew over, ponder or reflect upon than you are liable to find elsewhere. . . . This may sound like a rave review: it is.”
—Journal of Traditional Acupuncture

“The Web That Has No Weaver is an encyclopedia of how to tell from the Eastern perspective ‘what is wrong.’”
—Larry Dossey, author of Space, Time, and Medicine

“Valuable as a compendium of traditional Chinese medical doctrine.”
—Joseph Needham, author of Science and Civilization in China

“The only approximation for authenticity is The Barefoot Doctor’s Manual, and this will take readers much further.”
—The Kirkus Reviews

“Kaptchuk has become a lyricist for the art of healing. And the more he tells us about traditional Chinese medicine, the more clearly we see the link between philosophy, art, and the physician’s craft.”
—Houston Chronicle

“Ted Kaptchuk’s book was inspirational in the development of my acupuncture practice and gave me a deep understanding of traditional Chinese medicine. This new edition is essential reading for all those who wish to learn about and practice acupuncture. Dr. Kaptchuk’s understanding of traditional Chinese medicine and the way he is able to capture and express concepts within the text make learning about acupuncture a wonderful and inspiring experience.”
—Dr. George T. Lewith, Honorary Senior Research Fellow,
Honorary Consultant Physician, School of Medicine,
Respiratory, Cell & Molecular Biology Research Division,
University of Southampton

“This revised version of an essential classic on Traditional Chinese Medicine is a gift for all who share an interest in deep understanding of healing. Ted Kaptchuk is a unique figure in complementary medicine. His combination of scholarship, wisdom, and compassion provides a remarkable window into one of the greatest of all healing traditions.”
—Michael Lerner, President, Commonweal, a California
Nonprofit Corporation, author of Choices in Healing:
Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary
Approaches to Cancer

“Ted Kaptchuk is without question one of the most innovative thinkers in the area of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This new edition is a brilliant synthesis of traditional and scientific knowledge. It is compulsory reading for anyone with a serious interest in this area.”
—Professor Edzard Ernst, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Department
of Complementary Medicine, School of Postgraduate
Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Exeter

“In the 20th century, modern China rescued its traditional medicine from oblivion at the cost of removing its soul; in the 21st century, Dr. Kaptchuk has put the ancient discussion of soul back into Chinese medicine. This new edition integrates the seemingly opposing paradigms of ancient Chinese medicine and modern biomedicine and interprets the classical Chinese views on spirit in relation to the medical and existential aspirations of modern humankind.”
—Giovanni Maciocia, Honorary Lecturer, Nanjing College of
Traditional Chinese Medicine and author of The Foundations of Chinese Medicine

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