Marc Micozzi (author); CELESTIAL HEALING; Singing Dragon (Nonfiction: Health & Fitness) $24.95 ISBN: 9781848190603
Byline: Barbara Bamberger Scott
This clearly written overview will be appreciated by those seeking healing through Eastern traditional medicine, by guiding them to the best type for their situation. Dr. Marc S. Micozzi, founder and Director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, does an excellent job of describing different strains of Asian traditional medicine in a manner that is educated, informed, and fair.
Much of what developed as Asian medicine first emanated from what the author calls "greater China," a huge landmass that has been "organized as a cohesive society" for over 5,000 years. Inevitably, Chinese medical techniques spread to remote parts of Asia, where each has taken on a unique character. In modern Viet Nam, for example, to be ill is to have offended a deity, and all healing must have a spiritual concomitant. This is a concept that once played an important role in Chinese medicine, but today, the Chinese have become more analytical, seeking to favorably compare their healing traditions to modern science. Micozzi unequivocally states that "Chinese medicine works."
One example of the balanced picture presented in Celestial Healing is the section on the macrobiotic diet, propounded in the West in the early 1900s by Michio Kushi, who based his theories on earlier...