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    Can Anyone Recommed a Good Introduction to Chinese Medicine?

    I've been using a lot of Dit Da Jow lately, and I really hate to feel completely clueless about health stuff. There are so many Jow's with so many cool names!



    I have one source for Jow that I plan to keep using, but I would like to develop a rudimentary knowledge of what the stuff is, how it is supposed to work etc within the larger context of traditional chinese herbal medicine.

    I'm not under any illusion that herbal/traditional medicines are FDA approved or have clinical trials demonstrating effectiveness, and that's not really the debate I'm looking to make. Just want to learn a little about what I'm doing.

    Thanks Bullies!
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    Check out the books "A Tooth From the Tigers Mouth" by Tom Bisio, and "Chinese Medicine for Maximum Immunity" by Jason Elias and Katherine Ketcham. Also, if you want to learn more about Eastern anatomy, look into "Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts" by Marc Tedeschi.
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    I don't know much about Jow myself but I know a few members are knowledgeable. If they don't chime in check out Dale Dugas or Plum Dragon.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Are you guys Jow users as well?
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    Of course. It's essential, especially for conditioning training such as iron palm. I even use jow and other medicines on friends and family when they get injured.
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    I've been using the Jow exclusively for the hand conitioning program. Coilingdragon.com has a variety of bruise, massage, and injury liniments and stuff like that, I didn't realize Jow had so many possible uses! Do you think it is mainly useful for bruising only, or is just analgesic in general, like I could use it for soreness or muscle pulls or lower back pain?

    They also have these pretty cool "Got Jow" T-shirts. Hurray for martial arts insider nerdy jokes.

    Anyhow, I look forward to learning more about this stuff slowly over time.
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    Layperson's intro to TCM:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Web-That-W.../dp/0809228408

    A little more detail, and a better book in general imo:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...inese_Medicine
    and for more reading:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...inese_Medicine

    Teh r34l txt on herbs:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...erbal_Medicine
    and on formulas:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...erbal-medicine

    and if you want to go overboard:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...of_Acupuncture

    While the information in these texts on jow in itself is somewhat minimal, this all lays the paradigm.

    User PlumDragon also sells jow, and is very knowledgeable and forthcoming.
    I have three of his jows on hand.
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    It looks like this book might have a combination of some of those other texts recommended. It's also pretty cheap. Any opinions on this?

    http://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Me...gy+Illustrated



    I think I also might start with the "Web that Has No Weaver." It looks pretty classic. Thanks a lot guys! Bullshido's attitude towards Noobery is quite laudable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by csharp.negative View Post
    Check out the books "A Tooth From the Tigers Mouth" by Tom Bisio
    i wholeheartedly endorse tom's book, as it is really useful, and i suggest following his herbal recipes for jow and some other commonly needed things rather than buying them from others (except dale, if you want to buy some pre-made jow, talk to dale.)

    if you have a chance to get tom to work on you, that's even better, obviously, as he is one of the most skilled TCM practitioners i have ever had work on me. he travels quite a bit and does seminars regularly, so he's not only available to new yorkers.

    anyway, jow is very useful for speeding up recovery from bruises, and i also use tom's "tendon lotion" for my old knee and shoulder injuries. i make them both myself, a gallon at a time, and that's enough to last me for many years. any TCM herb shop can sell you the herbs and then you need a gallon sized container that is air tight, and a cool, dark place to store it.
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    Great advice, thank you Mr. Loyalist.

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