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Healing herbs and their many medicinal wonders have always fascinated me. What fascinates me even more than medicinal herbs, though, is that we have in the past several decades turned to expensive pharmaceuticals to treat our many ailments instead of referring to time-tested herbal medicines. A lot of conventional pharmaceuticals are indeed rendered from natural sources, but through processing, those beneficial compounds that were once found in herbal remedies are now synthesized in a laboratory in order to mass produce other drugs. Processed food at one time came from a natural source, but over the course of time the desire to mass produce food has led to low-quality food made in lab kitchens rather than grown on farms and cooked in kitchens. Now before anyone gets too mad at me for saying that I claim all pharmaceuticals are bad, I will beat you to the punch and simply say that there are many conventional pharmaceutical drugs that have saved lives and improved the quality of life for many. There are certainly always those exceptions to be made. However, I believe natural and holistic medicines are far too underutilized and could do wonders in preventive healthcare, as well as treatment when used correctly.
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Alternative medicine is a means of treating a symptom or illness outside of conventional Western medicine. Often, alternative treatments are from Eastern cultures and use more natural methods, like herbal remedies. Some alternative medicine practices have been used for thousands of years.
All that might sound a bit strange in the beginning, especially as there are so many foreign Chinese words. There are a couple of really good TCM books. However, I would like to present another book, which is not as well-known. This small book is based on a presentation that J. Worsley did about acupuncture in New York in