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Japanese herbal medicine : the healing art of kampo

Author: Robert Rister
Publisher: Garden City Park, N.Y. : Avery Pub. Group, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This layperson's guide presents enough material to make a Japanese treatment method little known in the West understandable. Kampo, whose name is derived from the Chinese Kan, 'from China, ' and po, 'way, ' does not use acupuncture. Traditional Chinese medicine, Rister believes, requires the understanding of a complete philosophical system, whereas Kampo is simple, easily understood in the West, and indeed meshes
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Rister, Robert.
Japanese herbal medicine.
Garden City Park, N.Y. : Avery Pub. Group, ©1999
(OCoLC)604213581
Online version:
Rister, Robert.
Japanese herbal medicine.
Garden City Park, N.Y. : Avery Pub. Group, ©1999
(OCoLC)607820496
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Rister
ISBN: 0895298368 9780895298362
OCLC Number: 40408893
Description: xi, 412 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Responsibility: Robert Rister.

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Kampo is ancient system of herbal mixtures designed to cure unique combinations of symptoms that occur in many diseases. The author explores the benefits of Kampo in this comprehensive guide to the  Read more...

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