Nourish Your Skin and Body With Traditional Chinese Medicine by Michelle O’Shaughnessy DOM, Cidesco Diplomate, is an excellent reference resource. The presentation has a complete explanation of energy fields and treatments for all major bodily organs including the liver, kidney, heart and pancreas.
The book begins explaining how in the view of this ancient approach to health and wellbeing, Qi is a living being that governs energy flows and bottlenecks in these flows represent disease manifestations or disharmony.
Yin is the female representation of night, interior, coldness and the lower body. Yang represents the man and is associated with daylight, the exterior, activity and the upper body.
According to the author, yin can dry up with age and result in deficiencies like dry skin, wrinkles and hyper-pigment. Yin deficiencies can be managed with chrysanthemum, lycium, and rehmannia pills.
Yang can deteriorate with manifestations like pale skin, a swollen face, sagging skin and clogged pores.
The book provides treatments for these maladies. For instance, cinnamon or a ginseng herbal mask increases metabolism. Aloe, sulfur and kaolin clay cool the skin. Yang products are cayenne pepper masks, pumpkin masks and glycolic acid to enhance the metabolism.
The author has a comprehensive description of the earth elements. For instance, the wood element is represented by the color green. Accordingly, green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale, bok choy and green beans devolve from the wood element.
Red is the fire element which is represented by tomatoes, red peppers, beets, strawberries and cranberries. The earth element is yellow. Pumpkin, squash and peaches depict the earth element. The water element is blue/black. Plums, blackberries, eggplant and sea weed represent the water element.
Included are many examples of foods designed to manage specific ailments. For instance, bitter melon is employed to lower blood sugar and anise stars are employed for the spleen and the pancreas.
Nourish Your Skin and Body With Traditional Chinese Medicine should appeal to health buffs everywhere. The author explains Chinese medicine thoroughly. It is well written and easy to read.