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The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2001
This book has helped me understand some of those principles which I hav'nt untill now been able to get my head round. Its simple layout, and simple language with annotation where needed, make this book a must for anyone who is interested in TCM or Chinese Philosophy. I am just embarking on a Degree in Acupunture, and this has been the most helpfull book to me. 10/10 no doubt.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2001
This is the second translation of the Yellow Emperor's Classic which I have purchased. I found Maoshing Ni's extended translation style much more readable and easier to understand. I would definately recommend this translation to other acupuncture students.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 1999
While this book is sometimes criticised for its lack of scholarly style, it is important to realize that the writer is approaching a 2,500 year old work, the seminal theoretical treatise of Chinese medicine, from the point of view of a clinician. It is frankly not much easier for native speakers of Chinese to approach the Neijing in its original form than it is for Westerners. Moreover, Mr Ni comes from a medical family spanning several generations of physicians. Being a practitioner myself, I can attest to the correctness of the decisions made in preparing this book. He has done a commendable job in making this ancient classic accessible to modern readers. Chinese physicians make use of this material during nearly every moment spent in the clinic. It is practical in a way that sinologists locked in their ivory towers can scarcely imagine.
Those who would prefer a dry, smugly academic translation with separate footnotes, devoid of historical context or cultural annotation, would do well to investigate Ilza Veith's translation of the Neijing; a valiant effort which inevitably fails as a result of its refusal to acknowledge the living traditions surrounding the text itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2012
I decided to study acupuncture but like many people had very limited exposure to the traditional chinese ethos that is the foundation for the practise.

I was lent this book by my acupuncturist who claimed that it was too much writing for her to pluck information from and to an extent, i would agree with her but i also think that she grossly underestimated the relevence of the material.

While reading the book it felt more like a novel. Maybe even a children's novel. It is a dense story with a few practical applications thrown in but that is not to say that is isn't without it's uses.

Chinese acupuncture is about much more than the needling techniques. It is almost religious. You need to adopt a mindset and a lifestyle.

This book allows you to connect to the foundations behind this practise.

It is the bible of acupuncture, the origins, and well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2014
This book covers the basics of not just TCM but existence. For all those interested in daoism, medicine, spirituality - this book is a great start along with the Ling Shu for technical details and moxabustion.
The author does a good job in making the translation understandable to the average Western reader who may not already know about certain principles such 3 yin and 3 yang even though it is not necessary.
But definitely one of the better translations of the SuWen Neijing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2014
This book was recommended by a colleague in London who spent some time studying acupuncture in China. It makes the whole Eastern approach to medicine clearer and can be applied to Westerners on most levels.
I love it as it has story telling quality which makes interesting reading.
Recommend to all who are in the medical, paramedical, care deeply for your own health as well as that of others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2014
This book has helped me to understand many concepts I have acquired on life's journey and to see where they came from. It is fascinating reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2013
I like this book and having read other translations of some of the chapters, it is very easy to read but at the expense of some of the depth?
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on 30 January 2014
Intelligent and interesting if you have a curiosity about ancient Chinese medicine. The book is very well translated and in good condition.
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on 4 March 2015
Purchased for study purposes. Not an easy read, but offers good insight as to the origins of Chinese Medicine.
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