Contemporary Oriental Medicine: Concepts
408 pages
ISBN: 978-1-54392-445-9

Contemporary Oriental Medicine: Concepts

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Contemporary Oriental Medicine: Concepts is a bold new volume by Leon Hammer, M.D. The culmination of over sixty years of experience as a practitioner, teacher, and writer, Concepts represents a lifetime of work, study, and devotion to the search for a true path to healing. Following on from the teachings of his mentor, Dr. John H.F. Shen, Dr. Hammer presents an evolved and updated understanding of the medicine of the renowned Menghe-Ding lineage of Chinese medicine, of which he is now a successor. Concepts is much more than a practical manual, although it is brimming with valuable clinical advice. It also presents a new philosophy: a new way of looking at medicine, and at the world in which we live.

Contemporary Oriental Medicine is about so much more than just where to insert needles, or which herbs to prescribe. Rather, it represents a paradigm shift in healing and awareness, giving both patients and practitioners the tools they need to enact real recovery, and change their lives for the better. The book explores, among other subjects, theories on ecology; terrain, stress, root, and vulnerability; the vital role of the Liver in Chinese medicine; the critical importance of lifestyle as a cause and resolution of disease; and Dr. Hammer’s remarkable insight into the ‘separation of yin and yang’ and ‘qi wild’ as disease processes throughout life. This book brings together, for the first time, the truly outstanding body of work that constitutes the main tenets of Contemporary Oriental Medicine. A rewarding read and an essential addition to the libraries of practitioners and students alike, Contemporary Oriental Medicine: Concepts will change the modern world of Chinese medicine.

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Appreciation: The Menghe-Ding Lineage
Table of Contents
Explanation: Terminology
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Philosophy
Chapter 3: Learning
Chapter 4: Ecology
Chapter 5: Terrain, Stress, Root, Vulnerability
Chapter 6: Symptoms and Terrain
Chapter 7: Lifestyle
Chapter 8: The Liver
Chapter 9: The Separation of Yin and Yang
Chapter 10: ‘The Qi is Wild’
Chapter 11: Stopping Exercise Suddenly
Chapter 12: Diagnosis and Management
Appendix 1: Symptom-Condition Chart from Ch. 11
Appendix 2: General Formula for Radiation
Appendix 3: Blocks
Appendix 4: Topics for Diagnostic Catalogue
Appendix 5: Red Button Issues


“Dr. Leon Hammer’s book is an extraordinary event for practitioners and students of Oriental Medicine. It captures Dr. Hammer’s 65 years of experience in both Western and Oriental medicine, combining his clinical skill with profound philosophical and psychological insight. Leon Hammer has been a beacon for practitioners for many decades. Now we have, as a monumental addition to an extraordinary career, access to his deepest thoughts regarding the study and practice of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Hammer, in unique fashion, elucidates and celebrates this profound and ancient approach to health, disease, and healing.”
—Jake Fratkin, OMD
Author, Essential Chinese Formulas

“This is a must-read book for both students and practitioners of Chinese medicine. In Contemporary Oriental Medicine: Concepts, Dr. Leon Hammer meets the needs of both logical, linear thought, and of the right brain, with its evolved, conscious knowing. People come to us for solutions to their suffering, and Dr. Hammer reveals the ideal resolutions and approaches to the problems of individual patients. Critically, this book teaches practitioners how to treat the modern patient. I was pleasantly surprised that some chapters took me on a personal spiritual journey, and challenged me to raise my own conscious awareness so I can better ‘see’ my patients. By studying this text, you will gain incredible confidence in your diagnostic skills; this is vital for a successful treatment approach. Your practice will be transformed, and you personally will evolve from acupuncture technician to superior physician by reading and applying the wisdom and experience that Dr. Hammer shares in this comprehensive text.”
—Lorne Brown, Dr. TCM, CPA, B.Sc
Founder of Pro D Seminars and Medigogy
Chair of the Integrative Fertility Symposium

“Leon Hammer is one of the great practitioners of Chinese medicine of our age. In Contemporary Oriental Medicine: Concepts, Dr. Hammer generously shares with us the richness of his vast clinical experience. He teaches a living medicine: rooted in history, and flowering in the present. He elucidates a profound care for the highest medicine, for those of us who aspire to practice it, and for our patients. This is a book on the cultivation of humanity in a clinical context that will inspire students and seasoned practitioners alike to dig deeper in service of the calling to be a healer.”
—Lonny Jarrett, MAc.
Author, Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine