The Essential Teachings of Sasang Medicine
An Annotated Translation of Lee Je-ma's Dongeui Susei Bowon
- 2016, 360 pages
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Sasang Medicine, the only complete Korean medical system and philosophy, is made accessible in English for the first time through this annotated translation of Lee Je-ma’s foundational text, the Dongeui Susei Bowon.
Including a philosophical exploration of human emotions and constitutions, and comprehensive explanation of the Four Constitutions and their effects on health, the Dongeui Susei Bowon offers a unique approach to any health concern. It also includes examples of specific cases and how to apply over one hundred herbal formulae for effective treatment according to the energetic requirements of each Sasang constitution.
Rigorous translation by Gary Wagman and explanatory introduction explaining the relationship to and differences from Chinese medicine, detailed footnotes, and commentary by a practicing doctor of Korean medicine fully elucidates Lee Je-ma’s text for a thorough understanding of Sasang Medicine.
This is unique translation of the foundational text in Korean medicine is enhanced through extensive footnotes and explanations to allow students of Sasang Medicine entry and insight into Lee Je-ma’s theory, practice and philosophy.
The Essential Teachings of Sasang Medicine is a brilliant piece of work!
Not only is this book comprehensive and practical, but it is written to help the reader cultivate the proper balance of mind and body.
An exciting feature of this book is specific cases showing how to apply over one hundred herbal formula for effective treatment.
— Sande McDaniel,
Publisher of Oriental Medicine Journal.
Dr Wagman has produced a text of unusual clarity about a tradition of medicine that can appear opaque and difficult to westerners.
Lee Je-ma was a great philosopher as well as the pioneer of Sa-Sang medicine. Wagman has distilled both aspects of his work.
— Professor Denis Noble,
Balliol College, Oxford, author of The Music of Life.
Every ancient culture developed unique versions of medical practice. Each included components from religion, natural history and often remedies derived from animals and plants. Almost every internal and external disease known to humans possessed an anatomical (internal and external) remedy providing relatively effective approaches to assist the sick. Now we move forward in time with a focus on the merits of Korean approaches to treatment and healing.
Gary Wagman practices Sasang Medicine with distinctive experience: he has created a comprehensively annotated translation of the Dongeui Susei Bowon original text of Sasang Medicine written by Lee Je-ma.
Based on ancient teachings of Asian philosophy, Sasang Medicine is now noticed in modern research as it relates to genetic, biological, and behavioral sciences. Lee Je-ma’s original text, and Gary Wagman’s precisely annotated translation, reveal an insightful doctor and scholar who saw that the human body is an integrative biological system deeply influenced by constitutionally-specific physiological and psychological traits. Supporting his scholarly expertise Gary has lived in Korea for eight years, allowing him devotion to the Korean language and analyses of Sasang Medicine. He monitored a collaborative study between KIOM (Korean Institute of Oriental Medicine) via Dr. Kim Jong Yeal and the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon where he lives. Not resting, Gary has written a book entitled Your Yin Yang Body Type and other relevant publications defining etiological approaches to Sasang Medicine. Gary has now translated Dongeui Susei Bowon, an amalgam of Sasang philosophy, theory, diagnostic criteria and clinical application.
With a firm theoretical basis and numerous clinical applications, the Sasang method offers a unique approach that could potentially narrow gaps between Eastern and Western medicine.
— Edwin L. Cooper,
Distinguished Professor of neurobiology, UCLA and Founding Editor-in-Chief, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal.
The Sasang method was developed by a Korean scholar named Lee Je-ma, who published a single medical text entitled Dongeui Susei Bowon.
The product of prolonged study and several years of extensive research, Gary Wagman’s annotated translation of this text is a significant accomplishment. Despite the numerous differences between the East and the West, this translation is the culmination of a dedicated effort to bridge cultural dissimilarities while preserving the essence of Lee Je-ma’s teachings.
— Kim Man San, PhD –
Director of the Institute of Classic Asian Studies and Professor of Asian Philosophy, Chungnam State University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea.
I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate Gary Wagman on the completion of his English translation of the Dongeui Susei Bowon.
While reviewing the manuscript, I reflected on how much effort, enthusiasm, and time this translation must have taken to complete.
It is my sincere hope that Sasang Medicine will spread to every corner of the earth, calming and healing the bodies and minds of more and more people.
— Hwang Minwoo,
KMD, PhD, Professor, College of Korean Medicine, Kyunghee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Clinical Doctor, Sasang Medicine Clinic, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong.
Gary Wagman, Ph.D., L.Ac. is an acupuncturist, practitioner of Eastern medicine, and doctor of philosophy in psychology. He was among the first foreign students at the Daejeon University of Oriental Medicine in South Korea and lived in Asia for more than 8 years. He is now based in Oregon, USA,…