By John Scott, Dipl.
Ac. (NCCAOM)®, DOM, L.Ac., President of Golden Flower Chinese Herbs Company.
classical understanding of the word “doctor”
was “one who educates or causes to know.” As practitioners of acupuncture and
Oriental medicine we must educate our patients to help them to heal on many
levels. In order to support the changes in qi that are initiated through our
treatments, our patients must make some life changes. This is where Rhythms of
Change, a new book by acupuncturist Mary Saunders, comes in. When patients
understand the profound wisdom of our medicine, and how it applies to them,
they become more motivated and engaged in their own healing process.
author, Mary Saunders, gives basic, easy to understand information on the
ancient wisdom of Oriental medicine. Not too much detail that patients will be
bored or lost, and written in modern language that everyone can understand. I
found myself reading it with a beginner’s mind that took me on an inner journey.
Included are quotes from Lao Tsu, Rumi, Terence McKenna, and some Buddhist
masters. Mary shares her life experiences in a way that shows us all as humans
experiencing the myriad challenges that life offers with compassion and heart.
One begins with the exploration of wu
hsing or the Five Phases. Each section discusses the lessons, central
issues, an illustrative patient story, and then the ONE thing to do to move
toward balance in that phase. For example, the ONE thing for Earth is: Eat Whole
Foods, which includes a discussion about the importance of breakfast and
balancing blood sugar. In addition, there are self-assessment questions, and a
simple practice given for each phase.
Part Two includes a section on diet that is
basic, non-judgmental, and practical. My favorite is the Why Fat Matters section, helping patients understand the role of
healthy fats in the diet. There is a discussion of foods for each phase of
change, and proven guidelines for stress, blood sugar and hormonal issues,
insomnia, improving immune function, constipation, and adrenal fatigue.
often do we have to mention foods and substances to avoid and eliminate? Now,
with Rhythms of Change, we have a book that speaks to our patients and provides
accessible, practical guidance organized in an easy-to-use fashion.
Practitioners can utilize this book for
patient education purposes. For example, if they are treating a liver qi
stagnation/PMS pattern, open the book up to the Wood chapter. Patients get
excited when they see there are simple lifestyle choices they can make to
resolve their imbalances more quickly.
love this book! Rhythms of Change has filled a gap for our patients to
understand the principles of TCM. I would not hesitate to recommend this book
to all of my patients.
Author: Mary Saunders
Mary Saunders has a Diplomate of
Acupuncture from the NCCAOM, a DOM from the state of New Mexico, and is an L.Ac
in Colorado. Mary was the founder of Boulder Community Acupuncture.
Published by Hidden
Needle Press (2014)
Paperback 209 pages
Available for practitioners at discounts for larger orders
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