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A User's Manual for the Human Body: How Traditional Chinese Medicine helps the body heal itself

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The User’s Manual is a transformative guide to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine for the 21st century, showing how these differ from those underlying Western medicine, what that means in practice and how we can help our bodies to heal themselves and thereby achieve a longer, healthier life. Books about TCM tend to be thousands of years old, very detailed and without reference to contemporary scientific knowledge. As a former computer engineer, Alex Wu draws parallels between the way a computer functions and the functioning of the human body in order to interpret the key concepts within Chinese medicine so that they become significantly easier to understand for today’s readers. As he explains, Chinese medicine provides a dramatically different point of view to that of Western medicine, in particular its foundation belief that the body has a powerful self-healing system that must be nurtured and encouraged, not stifled with symptom-suppressing treatments. Taking the simple examples of gout, psoriasis, the common cold and today’s obesity epidemic, the author explores the TCM and conventional medical approaches, showing how promoting body energy and self-healing can resolve the ‘incurable’. Alex Wu says: ‘Many readers have used the simple methods described in this book to achieve a healthy lifestyle and thereby improve their health within a short time… Modern medicine has not made significant advances in many chronic conditions for many years. It may be that the problem stems from its basic philosophy.’ Here is an opportunity to look at health and medicine from a completely different point of view.

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