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Dr. Muscolino explains and teaches these techniques Simply, clearly, and thoroughly!
This DVD is a must for manual therapists: massage therapists, structural integration practitioners, athletic trainers, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractic and osteopathic physicians. Learn how to stretch the neck. Beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques are demonstrated and taught: Stretching of functional groups, multiplane stretching, pin and stretch, and neural inhibition.
In Advanced stretching technique, a neurologic reflex is used to inhibit, the target muscle that is being stretched. Creating neural inhibition then allows greater stretch of the musculature.
This Includes: Contract Relax (CR), Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR), Proprioceptive Neural Facilitation (PNF), and Agonist Contract (AC, which is the basis of Active Isolated Stretching) stretching techniques are all covered.
All stretching techniques are taught with an emphasis on body mechanics. Also includes Orthopedic Assessment tests and Stretching of the upper trunk.
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Yaron Seidman, D.A.O.M., L.Ac., originated Hunyuan Medicine and Hunyuan Fertility Method in 2002.
Hunyuan Fertility: Conception, Babies and Miracles is a book that truly reaches the level of healing infertility and disease at the root. Hunyuan medicine opens the door to seeing the forces that guide human life. When that door is opened, human life connects to the greater life sustaining force, which grants health, longevity, and fertility. With this book, and Hunyuan as a whole, we don't simply desire to help couples conceive, we want to help others learn to center their lives around the natural world and natural living, thereby promoting health and fertility.
In order to truly live naturally, one must first understand what natural means. These are answers that can be found within the pages of the newest Hunyuan book. We know there are many fertility books available, including several specific to Chinese medicine for infertility. This book is different! It builds upon the author's deep contemplation and extensive experience in practice as it takes readers to a level far deeper than any other book currently available. Within the pages one finds concepts unlike anything found in other texts, Chinese and Western medicine alike. Concepts that find their roots in philosophy and nature studies, and arise from observation and contemplation, complete with passages from Confucius and Mencius.
With this book, the reader develops a new perspective and makes meaningful changes toward a healthier life for themselves and their future offspring.
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Special Tests in Musculoskeletal Examination by Paul Hattam & Alison Smeatham.
The proliferation of special tests used in musculoskeletal examination has left the clinician with a vast array of physical tests at their disposal. "Special Tests in Musculoskeletal Examination" is a handy one-stop guide with over 150 peripheral tests. The clinical context and evidence base is thoroughly explored and the addition of clinical tips and expert opinion will enable the clinician to select the most appropriate tests and interpret the results meaningfully.
"The authors have succeeded in creating a very readable, well set out and comprehensive work that makes sense of the bewildering number of clinical examination tests used in everyday practice. This book is a great resource for all clinicians involved in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions."
Peter Schranz FRCS Orth Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
"These two highly respected clinicians have created a really clear and concise book that houses the many extra tests used in this area of medicine and importantly, have analyzed the relevance of each one in the context of modern day, evidence based practice."
Dr Bryan English, MB, ChB, DO, Dip Sports Med, FFSEM Chief Medical Officer, Chelsea Football Club
RRP $49.95, Special price $42.46 plus p&h.
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Qigong Demystified by John Dolic.
Qigong Demystified is a book that introduces Qigong in an easy to understand language. Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing modality used to treat illness and enhance longevity.
Once shrouded in mystery, Qigong is now a fundamental aspect of Chinese life that is practiced by millions for its restorative benefits. Qigong works holistically, restoring the flow of energy throughout the body and clearing the blockages that cause illness.
But Qigong is not just for those who are sick, regular practice can improve concentration and intellectual function, boost skill and athletic performance and even lead to greater spiritual awareness and personal growth.
Best of all, Qigong is simple to learn and can be easily practiced by anyone, anywhere. Qigong Demystified aims to illuminate the art of Qigong for a new audience, introducing basic principles, discussion of the many different styles, and the personal experiences of patients and practitioners.
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For 3.85 million Australians arthritis is a crippling fact of life. Courtesy of the baby boomers, this figure is expected to rise to 7 million by 2050. Often known as the disease of wear and tear, many of us will face the prospect of tired joints as we get older. While there is no cure for arthritis there is a lot you can do to manage your pain and improve your quality of life.
The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook is the ultimate guide to successfully managing all factors of your arthritis.
In it a host of strategies, tools and information are available to help reduce pain, control inflammation, maintain or increase joint function and to improve the overall quality of life for sufferers. The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook discusses;
- Who is at risk of arthritis
- What are its causes
- How it is diagnosed
It also looks at ways of managing the disease including;
- Lifestyle changes
- Natural therapies
- Surgery options
Best of all The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook takes the pain out of menu management, suggesting 125 recipes to help get creaking joints on the move.
'Masters of Heaven & Earth: The Secrets of Tai Chi Chuan' Featuring Yang Style, Chen Style and Wudang Tai Chi Chuan. By Jon Braeley
Explore the most mysterious martial art of all . Tai Chi Chuan. The Supreme Ultimate. The Heaven and Earth. While the world pummeled each other with fists and iron, China discovered a new way to fight. Not with strength but with softness. Not with speed but with stillness.
Travel with us across China to meet the greatest Tai Chi masters of Yang style, Chen style and Wudang. From the opening scene in the park of the Forbidden City of Beijing to the secret training caves of Wudang, this is not the Tai chi you see everyday! Visit the birthplace of Tai Chi, Chen Village to meet the Chen family who pass on the teachings to the next generation. Climb the peaks of Wudang and experience the power of Tai chi and the philosophy of Yin and Yang from the priests of Wudang Mountain.
Travel with us from Beijing to Chen Village and to Tai Chi's spiritual home of Wudang Mountain. In Masters of Heaven and Earth we will take you where few people can go, to experience one of the worlds most misunderstood arts. You will learn the history of Tai Chi Chuan, about yesterday and todays top masters and how Tai chi has spread and much more. Understand the internal health principles - the Chi and the Mind and Essence. Witness breathtaking demonstrations of Chen style and Wudang Tai chi with a soundtrack from China's top traditional and modern-fused musicians.
Packed with interviews and demonstrations and Featuring: Chen Xiaowang and Chen Xiaoxing. Priest Zhong Yun Long and Master Yuan. Master Cui Zhongsan. Written and directed by Jon Braeley. Run time 85 minutes. Ships worldwide and plays in all regions. Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Filmed in High definition with DVD in standard widescreen format.
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The reputation of Professor Huang Huang far preceeds him as a practitioner, and in his latest book "Applications of Medicinals with Classical Formulas" he introduces and explains 23 commonly used medicinals.
This is Huang Huang's second work on the differentiation of patterns and clinical applications of medicinals by the medical sage Zhang Zhong-jing.
This book introduces and explains 23 commonly used medicinals. Each medicinals is introduced with its clinical application and related classical formulas as recorded in the classic Cold Damage and Essentials from the Golden Cabinet.
The author’s own experiences and directions are high-lighted alongside, with well selected case examples and quotations from peer practitioners and ancient physicians.
The structure and hierarchical information format makes the book easy to learn from and very user friendly. Hence it can be used as an accessible textbook and a practical reference book, which is suitable for students, clinicians, and scientific researchers, as well as amateur enthusiasts of Chinese Medicine. Features
- 23 commonly used medicinals with related classical formulas recorded in Treatise on Cold Damage and Essentials from the Golden Cabinet
- The author’s own experiences and directions Well selected case
- examples Quotations from peer practitioners and ancient physicians
- Hierarchical information format, easy to learn from and user friendly
- RRP: $85
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We are delighted to announce that the new revised edition of 'Characters of Wisdom' by Debra Kaatz, has arrived!
CHARACTERS OF WISDOM:
Over 4000 years ago the great Chinese Emperors knew that life was regulated by energy meridians running through the body. Along each of the energy channels were special points that could be stimulated to bring life into balance and harmony. Each of the points was given a very particular name that told a story about how the energy flowed and how it could be used to bring harmony to our lives. Acupuncturists stimulate these points in various ways to bring energy back into balance.
This book is about the Taoist tales of the Chinese characters for 361 of these acupuncture points. It is an introduction to the beauty of this ancient form of healing medicine and will delight practitioners, students and anyone interested in Chinese characters and the healing spirits of each of these special points.
The 2nd edition has two new chapters on five element acupuncture, has been completely re-edited and includes more information on all the points.
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Type 2 Diabetes is a growing health epidemic now affecting over 1.3 million Australians. Twice that number again are at risk of developing the disease in the next 5 to 10 years. Type 2 Diabetes can be caused by genetic factors but it can also be triggered or made worse by being overweight and lack of exercise.
Understanding Type 2 Diabetesis the essential resource for any diabetes sufferer. Written in a clear and easy-to-understand style by Professor Merlin Thomas from the world-renowned Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, it offers effective guidance on how to manage all aspects of the disease including:
- What diabetes is and how it comes about
- What is the right diet for someone with diabetes, and how to achieve it
- How exercise can improve and maintain your health
- The medical aspects of diabetes care, including the best ways to control your waistline, blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- How to prevent and treat the major complications of diabetes
Having diabetes is not easy. But its management needn’t be complex or complicated. With Understanding Type 2 Diabetesto guide you, you’ll soon realise that successfully managing diabetes is not only feasible but is also essential.
Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
Professor Merlin Thomas
Available from www.exislepublishing.com.au or in all good book stores from March 2013.
'Textbook of Natural Medicine' 4th Edition, by MURRAY & PIZZORNO
This is a MUST companion book for TCM practitioners who want to be kept informed and up-dated in the field of natural medicine, an area of increasing relevance to patients.
Covering preventive, non-invasive, and natural treatments, Textbook of Natural Medicine, 4th Edition offers more than just alternative medicine. It promotes an integrated practice that can utilize natural medicine, traditional Western medicine, or a combination of both in a comprehensive, scientific treatment plan.
Based on a combination of philosophy and clinical studies, Textbook of Natural Medicine helps you provide health care that identifies and controls the underlying causes of disease, is supportive of the body's own healing processes, and is considerate of each patient's unique biochemistry.
Internationally known authors Joseph Pizzorno and Michael Murray include detailed pharmacologic information on herbs and supplements, plus evidence-based coverage of diseases and conditions to help you make accurate diagnoses and provide effective therapy.
RRP: $303.00 Special Price: $257.55 (plus p&h)
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Food allergy is a serious health problem affecting both children and adults worldwide. A growing number of people have adverse reactions to eating specific foods, ranging from temporary skin rashes and indigestion to life threatening anaphylactic shock.
In February 2013 we are releasing The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide and I thought you might be interested in taking a look at it.
Based on the most current and comprehensive information available, The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide is an indispensable guide for anyone managing these allergies and intolerances, as well as those who suspect that they might have a food allergy and need to know how to find out for sure.
The Total Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide includes easy-to-understand information, tonnes of practical advice and answers to frequently asked questions about living with food allergies and intolerances. There’s also tips on planning an allergen-free diet with delicious and nutritionally sound recipes included that exclude the allergens that adversely affect your health.
Food allergies are a lifelong challenge, but by understanding what causes them and how they develop, you can avoid the threats to your wellbeing and achieve good health.
Second edition A core must-have textbook
Kerry Bone MCPP, FNHAA, FNIMH, DipPhyto, BSC(Hons), Head of Research and Development, MediHerb Pty Ltd, Warwick Queensland, Principal Australian College of Phytotherapy, Australia and Simon Mills MCPP, FNIMH, MA, Director, Centre for Complementary Health Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
The first edition of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy published in 2000 was the first authoritative, comprehensive modern textbook for western herbal medicine, covering all the major aspects of the field from fundamental concepts, traditional use and scientific research through to safety, effective dosage and clinical applications. It became the central textbook for students of phytotherapy in many English-speaking countries and was widely used by natural therapists, researchers, and professionals in the manufacturing industry from Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and beyond.
Now the long-awaited second edition brings a complete revision of the material in the first, with 50 fully up-to-date evidence-based monographs including 7 new herbs. Written by herbal practitioners with active experience in clinical practice, education, manufacturing and research, the textbook is both practical and evidence based.
- Extensive revision of the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of archetypal herbal constituents (Chapter 2) including a comprehensive, updated discussion of important fundamental concepts such as the role of secondary metabolites, synergy and additive effects, polyvalent or multifaceted activity and herbs as pharmacologically “intelligent” mixtures.
- A comprehensive revision of vital safety data, including an extensive herbdrug interaction chart, evaluated from the perspective of experienced herbal clinicians, which informs the reader in a user-friendly fashion of the key safety issues relevant to herbal practice and helps them to differentiate between the false scares and the real concerns.
- Despite its strong scientific focus, the book does not neglect the philosophical/ traditional foundations of western herbal therapy, with an extensive discussion of these important grounding considerations in Chapters 1 and 3 and elsewhere throughout the dosage and therapeutic chapters and the herbal monographs. In particular, the approach of using herbs to correct internal dysfunction as well as focussing on symptoms is emphasised.
- Chapter 8 includes major rewrites of topics including the role of herbs in malignant diseases (with a review of the recent clinical evidence) and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, with a focus on new information and hypotheses.
- Chapter 9 includes new sections on the herbal management of skin and endocrine diseases together with updated herbal protocols informed by the latest research into the aetiology and treatment of most common health disorders. Important new topics such as metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders, gout, erectile dysfunction and even herbs for healthy longevity are included. Worked case histories and example formulations are used to illustrate the phytotherapeutic approach.
- Fifty herbal monographs exhaustively researched and compiled include vital research information that is difficult to find elsewhere. The relevant literature has been rigorously reviewed using evidence-based criteria. New herbs covered include gotu kola, willow bark, bugleweed, butcher’s broom, Boswellia, myrrh and Tribulus. The already extensive pharmacology, clinical trial and safety data have been comprehensively updated, reviewing all the relevant primary publications.
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Issue: 28 No. 1 | Mar, 2013
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