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Best book on the subject "The Complete Stems and Branches: Time and Space in Classical Acupuncture" for those of you who want to learn a fully integrated acupuncture system using 5 elements, yin yang, heaven earth man, heavenly stems and earthly branches.
paperback, £55 (ISBN no: 9780957651401)
epub, £25 (ISBN no: 9780957651418)
"To understand the nature of time in all its changing patterns and manifestations and to restore it to its all-but-forgotten position at the heart of Chinese Medicine" - Peter Firebrace, past principle of International College of Oriental Medicine, West Sussex, England.
|Chapter 1 : Cyclical Time|
|Chapter 2 : Sequential Time|
|Chapter 3 : Non Time|
|Chapter 4 : The Calendar|
|Chapter 5 : Heaven Earth and Humankind|
|Chapter 6 : Five elements|
|Chapter 7 : Six Divisions|
|Chapter 8 : Great Movements|
|Chapter 9 : Stem Organs|
|Chapter 10 : Branches|
|Chapter 11 : Putting It All Together|
|Chapter 12 : Open Hourly Method Of Point Selection|
|Chapter 13 : The Chinese Sky|
|Chapter 14 : Psychological Profiles|
|Chapter 15 : Numerology|
|Chapter 16 : Symbols|
Roisin Golding studied at the International College of Oriental Medicine, Sussex, England, from 1983 - 1986. She has been practicing acupuncture for more than 29 years, in London, presently in Harley Street.
She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
Roisin is also part of an international team of acupuncture experts reviewing Chinese Medicine classification for the World Health Organisation.
She has taught Daoist stems and branches acupuncture in England. Most recently she was invited to speak in China on the relationship between Han dynasty cosmology and acupuncture (video coming soon)
Her book, 'The Complete Stems and Branches: Time and Space in Traditional Acupuncture' was first published by Elsevier in 2008. Note that this new edition has a change of subtitle. It is now The Complete Stems and Branches: Time and Space in Classical Acupuncture.
“This is the best, most practical explanation in English to date of Stems and branches theory. You will thank yourself for buying it and your patients will thank you as well.”
When I picked up your book I knew I had found someone who really understands and can teach the fundamentals of Traditional Taoist Acupuncture. I find this very exciting.
I have found this book an incredible resource for my own use in the treatment room and my understanding of Traditional Chinese medicine. This area of Traditional Acupuncture has been quite difficult to understand. This book is quite a demanding read but it is incredibly informative and interesting and with relevant case histories and practical questions and advice.
This is a most enjoyable book exploring some difficult subjects of Chinese medicine.
I have taken it upon myself to thoroughly research and understand the notions of the celestial stems and terrestrial branches, and their pertinence to chrono-treatment methods. This led me to purchase your book, and I must say I've found it wonderful resource for helping one to dig further into the many puzzles that emerge from this very complex subject.
This book is worth reading for those who wish to get closer to the essential roots of classical acupuncture. If one spends any time in China, Korea, or Japan, one is struck by the constant and obsessive attention to the calendrical cycles and issues of time and space and the stars in general. Indeed, study of the Bazi as related to astronomy, little known by many contemporary physicians, was an every day part of medical culture in East Asia up until the twentieth century. This should be a book to whet your interest in an area of much fascination and of considerable clinical significance.
This is amazing work and I thank you for sharing it with me. Much of what I read here is new to me. There is a great wealth of information here … I find the discussions of time, elements, lunar phases and natural cycles to be very illuminating and reveal more of the depth and breadth of Chinese medicine with each paragraph.…I have found what I have read to be very helpful in connecting me with those wisdoms which are inherently contained within Chinese medicine.
This author has done a great deal of research on a very complex concept, and has done a good job on explaining it in terms that the occidental mind can easily grasp. I recommend this book for anyone who wishes to understand the approaches to acupuncture treatment on a much deeper level than is commonly taught in modern schools.
This book is indeed a highly aspirational work, as stated in the foreword by Peter Firebrace… to understand the nature of time in all its changing patterns and manifestations and to restore it to its all-but-forgotten position at the heart of Chinese medicine.” To render this theory into print in an accessible and enjoyable format is not an easy task. It is clearly a useful book for the practicing acupuncturist or student of stems and branches acupuncture and also ideal for those who want to delve deeply into Chinese medicine and learn about its resonances with Chinese cosmology.
If you really want to have access to the classics, then you cannot ignore the stem and branch system, as classical authors discuss the cosmology behind medicine at least as much as they discuss diagnosis.
Use the following links to download and construct the Stems and Branches Energy Calculator Disk
How to assemble the disk
1. Print the top two disks on transparencies.
2. Connect all three disks with a rivet, or even a paper clip in the middle.
Moveable top disc – Period dates and host energies.
Moveable inner disk – Guest energies.
Base disk – Great movements.
This disk calculates the interactions between guest and host qi and ruling elements throughout each year.
The ruling elements (Great Movements) are marked on the base ring of the disk. Align the Great Movement of the Year with the Element of the Year marked on the transparency. Then each subsequent element will be shown for its 72 day period.
The host energies are shown on the transparent top disk and these arrive at the same time each year.
The Guest Heaven and Guest Earth energies are marked on the moveable inner disk. Align the Guest Heaven energy with the H on the transparency, and then the Guest ‘side energies’ will automatically be in the correct position.
This disk can be used independently of the book by a practitioner in his/her clinic.