Medical acupuncture stands out among the alternative health modalities for ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and applicability to a wide range of conditions. In "Getting to Know You, "Dr. Joe Helms uses down-to-earth language to help readers make the best use of this treatment. He clearly identifies what sorts of problems respond best to medical acupuncture and distinguishes between constitutional characteristics and early indicators of health conditions. "Getting to Know You "features real-world patient cases in medical acupuncture and promotes applied learning throughout, inviting readers to identify traits and symptoms they see in themselves. To this end, Dr. Helms provides a list of questions to clarify the reader's dominant type. For each type, guidelines are presented with common-sense changes to promote optimal health. The book conveys a wealth of complex medical information in simple terms, including elusive classical acupuncture models such as the circulation of energy and the five phases of treatment. A useful appendix further highlights acupuncture's benefits, while a reference list makes it easy to find practitioners in the U.S.
"Getting to Know You" eases readers into a broad understanding of acupuncture, clearly identifying what sorts of problems best and most reliably respond to acupuncture treatment. Dr. Helms answers the proverbial questions every reader has but is afraid to ask: which qualities represent constitutional characteristics and which are early warning signs of health conditions, as well as how medical acupuncture identifies "types" in patients and in what ways these types influence and inform a reader's health and wellness.The book presents relevant patient cases and promotes applied learning throughout, inviting the reader to identify traits and symptoms that she sees in herself. To this end, Dr. Helms provides a list of questions to clarify the reader's dominant type. For each type guidelines are presented with common-sense changes that promote optimal health. The voice and language of the book make it a real exception in its field: the writing rings from a voice that is real, vibrant, lively and captivating. Because it's thoroughly grounded in real life experience of real people dealing with real problems, big and little, the book makes a trustworthy companion in the intimate and important field of health-related literature.Dr. Helms, the founder of medical acupuncture in the U.S., presents a great deal of complex medical information in simple, readable terms, including elusive classical acupuncture models such as the circulation of energy and the five phases of treatment. The appendix is also useful to clarify the qualities of each type or to explore acupuncture's benefits.
Dr. Joe Helms is at the forefront of medical acupuncture practice and education in the United States. For thirty years, he has been the driving force behind the emergence and integration of this medical discipline in modern American medicine. He has trained over 5,000 U.S. physicians in medical acupuncture through programs sponsored by UCLA and Stanford. His "Acupuncture Energetics" textbook has become the standard textbook for physicians learning acupuncture.
"Dr. Joe Helms is the father of medical acupuncture in America. I've been enthusiastically recommending his work to physicians and patients for almost thirty years. In his new book he combines the ancient art of acupuncture with his extensive experience in treating illnesses and observing human behavior. The result is a practical guide that can help anyone have better health." --Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom "Dr. Helms has long been the premier educator of physicians in the art of medical acupuncture. In this book he shows how acupuncture can make sense of much of what goes wrong with us--even at te earliest signs of disturbance--and help us in our medical decisions. Getting to Know You is the premier source for the thinking public to understand and integrate acupuncture into their personal health care." --Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Healing and Healthy Aging
"Joe Helms describes an approach to health and disease where there is no division between the mind and the body. Each chapter made me more enthusiastic about insights from the acupuncture tradition and how I can help myself to be healthier, even without needle. I found out more about myself, my family, and my friends by reading this book than I could have ever imagined. I think all patients and physicians will benefit from this time-honored perspective. " --Kenneth Pelletier, PhD, MD, author of Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer and The Best Alternative Medicine
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