le 14 octobre 2010
"Alternative" being actually older by 2 millenia than the young mainstream Occidental medicine.
There are few such books : unique by their content, because so few people have the knowledge, and then the will and possibility to share with the rest of the world.
The many exercises described, or similar can be found in any good yoga book, but I was interrested into the recipes for herbal medecine.
Since English is not my mothertongue, (and even if it were, I don't think every English native speaker knows all the herbs mentioned in the book) I find it great that Tom Bisio gives the Chinese AND the Latin name for every plant.
The recipes are presented in a clever way : first, a list of all the ingredients, and then the preparation, so that you don't get stuck in the middle thinking "sh*t, I don't have this one!".
Many examples and personal stories are here to illustrate how well each recipe works, however, I prefer to test on myself. The thing is that I couldn't test all injuries by myself (luckily!), but reading here and there on the net, on martial arts forums and e-shops, I came to realize that some of the recipes are often mentioned and very similar (I'm thinking of dit da jow for instance).
A good book to have if you run a dojo, or just if you practice martial arts. Good thing to have too, if you try to avoid taking chemical painkillers and cleanse your body (I found mention of the book on a Calory Restriction forum).