I very much like to field questions from patients about our medicine. I'm fascinated by it and I like to talk about it and even try and teach it. But some patients are really curious and want to delve deeper into it. As you can imagine from a discipline that is over five thousand years old, it can be rather complicated. It's complicated when you get into the details, but really not so bad to learn the basics of. It is vast and simple at the same time, as are many things that are wise. There is a lot of info on the internet to get you started, but if you really want to go deep there are a couple of books that we usually recommend. The first is the Web That Has No Weaver. This book would be good for the technical or scientifically minded person. The other is Between Heaven and Earth which takes things more from a Five Element point of view, which some people like better. Both are available on Amazon and I suggest you read some reviews before you decide which is right for you. Another book that explains Chinese medicine in more western terms is the Spark in the Machine. If you really want to go into the deep end pick up a copy of the Yellow Emperor's Classic which dives deep into the philosophy of Chinese medicine.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond