The Spirit of the Blood
Interpreting Laboratory Tests Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
- Verlag: Singing Dragon
- ISBN: 9781839970535
- 2022, 272 pages
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How good are you in interpreting and evaluating lab results from a point of view of Chinese medicine? Randine Lewis shares her expert know how and combines insights of Western medicine with Chinese medicine and biomedical results, consolidating both in a grounded and clear approach that allows practitioners to remain true to core Oriental principles around the basis of disease and healing.
Each section highlights pertinent Chinese medical physiology and how pathophysiologic states develop, allowing readers to hone their treatment plans. It encourages practitioners to ease away from the fear-based mindset found in some western medicinal approaches and to focus on the treatment and understanding of subtle imbalances before they are evident in the blood. Focus will be on the most common medical conditions that bring patients to clinic and evaluating how popular pharmaceuticals impact Chinese medicine patterns.
naturmed´s opinion: “Randine Lewis shares her expert know how in a clear way and combines insights of Western medicine with Chinese medicine and biomedical results.”
Further reviews of the title are:
Dr. Lorne Brown, B.Sc., Dr.TCM, CPA, FABORM,CHt, Founder of Healthy Seminars.com, Clinical Director of Acubalance Wellness Centre, Chair of The Integrative Fertility Symposium
As times evolve, practitioners of Chinese medicine must learn to communicate in the language their patient understands in order to earn their trust and confidence while maintaining the essence of Chinese medicine for effective treatment outcomes. In our lifetime Chinese medicine has been considered complementary or alternative at best, not a mainstay in and of itself. Dr. Lewis expertly teaches how to view biomedical markings by weaving Taoist wisdom and psycho-spiritual themes into a Chinese medical pattern approach. Through analyzing common lab values, we are shown how to communicate confidently and treat our patients’ patterns with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Spirit of the Blood is sure to be a defining work in our field as this text applies ancient Chinese wisdom to modern biomedicine without losing the gifts of either. This is a spectacular resource that will benefit both practitioners and their patients.
Dr Clare Pyers, BHSc(TCM), Cert Adv Clin Prac(China), Doctor of Chinese Medicine and author of Integrative TCM Guide to Pathology
Randine Lewis is someone who has the ability to bring the theory of Chinese medicine to life, through the use of rich metaphors and stories that connect us to the foundations of our medicine. In this important text, Randine has captured the key concepts of conventional anatomy and physiology as they relate to pathology results, and married them beautifully with Chinese medicine understanding and insights. This book is based upon acknowledgement and discussion of Heaven and Spirit and the way the Dao flows through us all, and it is from this starting point that Randine shares her knowledge of both paradigms in a captivating and compelling way. Randine effortlessly demonstrates a graceful fluid movement between the many branches of science and medicine, and the many aspects of Chinese medicine philosophy and physiological concepts. An integrative approach to Chinese medicine holds more power when it deeply integrates all aspects of Chinese medicine, the trick is to do it in a way that preserves and enhances the power and flexibility of our medicine. Randine certainly achieves this outcome with Spirit of the Blood. This text is a beautiful tapestry that weaves Randine’s detailed explanations of Chinese medicine concepts with her deep understanding of medical concepts and pathology results. All practitioners who read this book will absorb Randine’s knowledge and wisdom and thereby enhance their relationship and understanding of both systems of medicine. It will be a cherished book in my collection.
Mary Cissy Majebe, OMD, President of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts
Spirit of the Blood, by Dr. Randine Lewis, can motivate practitioners to expand the depth and beauty of our medicine. Using the energetics of Chinese Medicine, Randine illuminates and clarifies Blood dynamics. Evaluating laboratory findings from a Chinese medicine perspective enhances a knowledge that inspires trust from our patients. This book’s wisdom can inspire the reader to understand the Blood’s ability to confer physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Randine is a treasure sharing these teachings that emanate from her cultivational presence. It is Randine’s presence, wisdom and Heart that presents a deep knowing, that in this time, she is a Master of Chinese Medicine.
Dr. med. univ. Ursula Ritz Medical, Specialist for gynaecology and obstetrics, Specialist for reproductive endocrinology and infertility
Randine Anderson Lewis has written a must-read primer for any TCM practitioner who is searching for a deep understanding of blood lab analysis. It is the perfect guide through the complex and confusing jungle of laboratory test results.
Hamid Montakab MD, author of Sleep and Dreams in Chinese Medicine; Acupuncture Channel and Point Energetics; Chinese Medicine Revisited; Acupuncture for Headaches, Eyes and ENT pathologies; Acupuncture for Treating the Hidden Roots of Disease
As a Western allopathic physician, I would have never imagined to interpret such a wealth of information in a simple blood panel! “Spirit of Blood”, is an artful blend of the Chinese classical concepts and Western medical practices. Aside from being an extremely valuable clinical aid, it is imbued by the author’s authenticity and spiritual search. Simply excellent!