Saturday, June 22, 2013

Chinese Medicine for Healthy Skin - Book Review

I recently read the e-book Chinese Medicine for Healthy Skin by Michelle O'Shaughnessy and was very glad I did!

Shaughnessy's expertise in the field is evident. Her e-book is chock full of information on how to maintain a healthy skin and body, using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

I wrote a book review, which was posted on and is included below in its entirety:

Always on the lookout for ways to lead a healthy life, I was pleased when I read this book. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was the focus, with an emphasis on keeping your skin and body healthy. For a beginner like me, who never studied TCM or even knew where to begin, this is a great read! I learned that the Chinese integrate both Western medicine as well as TCM in their hospitals. This is definitely something lacking in our hospitals in the United States, and something I would like to see happen. As the author eloquently states "It will be an exciting day when every hospital and clinic in the world incorporates the best of the West with the best of East to bring about optimal health for all people."

The author begins with the history of Chinese medicine, which I found absorbing. As I read on, I explored a whole different world of medicine that included the yin and yang, the meridians, the five elements, acupuncture, and much more. The photos in the book were quite valuable and helped me picture the different regions of the body that the author was pertaining to. In particular, the different pictures of the tongue, and their appearance, revealed another whole world of diagnosis. Also, the soup recipes appeared inviting and I can't wait to try them out on my family.

Although the author mentions a few books as references, I would have liked to have seen medical references, as well as case studies of patients having good results with TCM.

Overall, I feel this book is a valuable guidebook for anyone interested in learning more about TCM and how to incorporate it into their lifestyle. This is one book that I will refer to often.

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