Chinese Medicine Revisited

A western View of Chinese Medicine

CMR coverBy Hamid Montakab

Co-authors: S. Becker; Dr. B. Chmielnicki; C. Dam; Dr. S. Englert; P. Firebrace; P. Haas; S. Montakab-Pont; B. Nessensohn; C. Resit

568 pages
265 illustrations
ISBN 978-2-9701039–0–5
Homaya Publications; 1st Edition: September 2015

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This book provides a solid background of Classical Chinese energetic theories, explained by a Western MD trained in Chinese acupuncture and herbs as well as in Western osteopathy, supported by decades of clinical and practical experience.

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This book offers a broad and profound understanding of the body energetics bringing together the Eastern Classical Chinese principles with Western medical and anatomical concepts, as well as the Daoist oral traditions. The three dimensional, physical, energetic and psycho-spiritual understanding of the channels and the points of the body, has very broad applications. It is fundamental not only in the practices of acupuncture, Tuina massage, Taichi and Qigong, but also helps to better understand the spiritual disciplines as described in the techniques of Neidan (Inner Alchemy).

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Acupuncture Point and Channel Energetics

Bridge coverBridging the Gap

By Hamid Montakab

544 pages
more than 300 illustrations
ISBN 978-3-943324–14–3
Kiener Publications; 1st Edition: May 2014

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There exists a gap between the known classical texts on Chinese Medicine and the variety of concepts and styles that have been transmitted and are being practiced today. Two major tendencies have dominated Chinese Medicine in the past decades, Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) as opposed to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a term coined during the early years of Communist China. Historically, as Chinese Medicine spread to other neighboring cultures it further evolved, and was enriched by these influences, explaining the variety of methods and concepts, that are not to be found in the Chinese Classics, and that have made their way to the West. Another source and great contribution has been the Daoist oral tradition, with concepts which complement and explain many of the classical writings.

This book is a work of compilation of the classics, with the oral traditions and the European acupuncture, namely the French tradition, supplemented by the author‘s personal clinical experiences.

The book is organized in three parts:

  • Part I covers all of the theories pertaining to the energetic structure of the body, the channel systems and the point categories. It is a good overview of the Classical Chinese as well as the French concepts on acupuncture.
  • Part II explores the point functions and indications, which have been compiled from about 20 leading texts, classical as well as modern, with the reference source for each function and indication.
  • Part III describes the Extraordianry vessels and the Secondary Channels, the Sinew, the Connecting and the Divergent channels and their clinical applications and examples, compiling the classical texts, the French-Vietnamese school and the Daoistic oral concepts as supplied by Master J. Yuen.

Furthermore the superficial pathways of the channels, not only maintain the functions of the muscles and the fascia, but also have deeper physiological, organic and even psychological effects. This relation between the outer structures and the inner physiology could even explain the functioning of many Western Manual therapies, as well as psychological releasing methods.

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Acupuncture for Insomnia

Sleep and Dreams in Chinese MedicineInsomnia cover

By Hamid Montakab

Foreword by Jeffrey Yuen

Thieme Publications; 1st Edition: April 2012
Pages: 164
Illustrations: 40
Format: Hardback
Print ISBN: 9783131543318

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Insomnia and related sleep disorders concern 10-40% of the adult population and even up to 25% of children, affecting alertness and memory, causing emotional and physical fatigue, and putting the individual at increased risk for depression, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and other health hazards. Acupuncture for Insomnia: Sleep and Dreams in Chinese Medicine presents a highly effective treatment for chronic and acute sleeplessness using therapeutic strategies from both TCM as well as classical Chinese medicine.

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Special Features: Provides full background on the physiology, causes, and treatment of sleep disorders, drawing key parallels between concepts of Western and Chinese Medicine
Classifies all acupuncture points that affect sleep to help in choosing the most appropriate treatment for your patient
Offers a detailed analysis of sleep in Chinese medicine to give you a full understanding of the energetics of sleep and wakefulness
Analyzes the significance of dreams in Chinese medicine and how dreams can be skillfully integrated into a patients therapy
Written from the unique perspective of a physician who is also trained in TCM and classical acupuncture, this book presents numerous case examples, and an up-to-date review of scientific studies on Chinese medicine and sleep. It is an essential reference for all acupuncture practitioners who provide optimal treatment to patients with insomnia, sleep disorders, and other sleep pathologies.

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