Publications to Purchase
Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold have written the best-selling book Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine, the Chinese Medicine Works Clinical Handbook describing their 60 Chinese herbal formulas, and the pamphlet Chinese Medicine: How it Works, used by hundreds of acupuncturists to inform their patients. You can order these publications from the links provided below. For more writings by Harriet and Efrem, see our Library of articles available to download.
The promise and mystery of Chinese medicine has intrigued and fascinated Westerners ever since the “Bamboo Curtain” was lifted in the early 1970s. Now, in Between Heaven and Earth, two of the foremost American educators and healers in the Chinese medical profession demystify this centuries-old approach to health. Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold, pioneers in the practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine in the United States, explain the philosophy behind Chinese medicine, how it works and what it can do.
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Published in 1991 by Ballantine Books
This Handbook has monographs of the Chinese Modular Solutions, Sage Solutions, and the pediatric Gentle Warriors formulas. The Handbook is a comprehensive educational resource and a practical guide.
Because the 60 formulas described in the Handbook are available solely through health care providers, the Handbook itself is for practitioners only. It is organized to help providers with their diagnostic evaluation as well as their therapeutic interventions.
The CMW Clinical Handbook can be purchased only by licensed practitioners.
Branching as it does into diverse streams of thought; the Chinese herbal tradition resists becoming homogeneous, standardized, or fixed. Instead it continues to evolve in many directions as it adapts to changing healthcare practices in the West as well as upon its native soil. Out of the dense thicket of information and theory, almost as many paths through Chinese herbalism exist as there are herbalists. By making this ancient tradition more accessible to busy Western healthcare providers, we are hoping to clear a trail.
Our American penchant for creative innovation fused with the specificity and complexity of age-old Chinese practice spurred the design of the Chinese Medicine Works repertoire. This anthology of formulas is divided into three sets: Chinese Modular Solutions, Sage Solutions, and Gentle Warriors.
“I think there is real genius in Chinese Modular Solutions. I can now prescribe effective herbal formulas using a diagnostic system in which I have the most confidence. Most importantly, my patients appreciate the convenience and effectiveness of the extracts – most of them actually enjoy taking their herbal prescriptions.” —Martin Rossman, MD, Dipl. Ac.
“These formulas have proven dramatically effective for both children and adults in my practice. The reliability, potency, ease of use, and synergistic effect of these formulas are unequaled. I could not imagine practicing Oriental medicine without them.” —Randall Neustaedter, LAc, OMD
The Chinese Medicine Works Clinical Handbook can be ordered from Kan Herb.
Published 1992, revised 2007
Gentle Warriors Pocket Guide
In conventional pediatrics, antibiotics are life-saving when necessary, but are commonly over-prescribed for non-serious and self-limiting illnesses like otitis media, bronchitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, gastroenteritis, urethritis, and dermatitis. Earaches are the most frequent trigger for pediatric visits, and the standard treatment is amoxicillin, even though studies show that antibiotics do not effectively reduce the incidence of ear infections. Of the 235 million doses of antibiotics given each year, the Center for Disease Control estimates between 20 and 50 percent are unnecessary.
Over-prescription of antibiotics undermines resistance to infection and promotes recurrence. Repeated use causes secondary problems including yeast overgrowth, diarrhea, indigestion, and mal-absorption. (40 pages)
Sage Solutions Pocket Guide
We are in the same position as our forebears. We are challenged daily to provide effectual remedies for people’s problems. Time is of the essence when a man is on edge with hay fever and sinusitis; a woman is at the end of her tether with unrelenting hot flashes; a child is in crisis with eczema and asthma; or when a woman has persistent post-surgical constipation. Sage Solutions can elegantly and efficiently assist. (44 pages)
Chinese Modular Solutions Pocket Guide
Bypassing the need for familiarity with single herbs or classical formulas, Chinese Modular Solutions requires only the ability to interpret symptoms and identify patterns. Mass-produced patent medicines are popular because they are more convenient and palatable; but it is difficult to be responsive to unique patient needs with standardized remedies.
Chinese Modular Solutions combines the best of both worlds. Unlike patent medicines, these formulas can be customized without asking patients to drink time-consuming bitter brews. (50 pages)
The three Pocket Formula Guides can be ordered from Kan Herb.
This pamphlet outlines the Chinese medicine explanation of how the body works, what acupuncture can treat, and how herbs can help.
Within Chinese cosmology, all of creation is born from the marriage of two polar principles, Yin and Yang: Earth and Heaven, winter and summer, night and day, cold and hot, wet and dry, inner and outer, heavy and light, body and mind. The harmony of this union means health, good weather, and good fortune, while disharmony can mean disease, disaster, and bad luck. The strategy of Chinese medicine is to restore harmony.
Each human being is seen as a world in miniature, a garden in which doctor and patient together strive to cultivate health. Every person has a unique terrain to be mapped, a resilient yet sensitive ecology to be maintained. As the gardener uses methods such as irrigation and compost to grow vigorous plants, the doctor uses acupuncture, herbs, and food to recover and sustain health.
You can order Chinese Medicine: How It Works from Redwing Books.
Published 1991, revised in 2000 by Complementary Medicine Press