Chinese Medicine and Humour

Book Cover: The Yellow Monkey Emperor’s Classic of Chinese Medicine
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 29.95
ISBN: 184819286X
Size: 6.70 x 10.10 in
Pages: 272

A horse complains of a chest as tight as a bear's embrace, a goat bleats about skin as dry as parchment, and a rat describes his urine as darker than soya sauce. Join these lively characters and their friends as they seek diagnosis from wise animal sages and the yellow monkey emperor.

Covering 78 syndromes of Chinese medicine, these cartoons graphically illustrate the disturbances and illnesses that can affect the organs of the body, or Zang Fu, as they are understood in Chinese medicine. They are accompanied by a concise list of symptoms for easy diagnostic reference. Combining Damo Mitchell's deep knowledge and experience with Spencer Hill's witty cartoons, this is a fun way to learn, remember and be entertained by the syndromes and their symptoms.

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Reviews:John Byrne wrote:

Harmony plays a big part both in Chinese Medicine and cartooning. Not only must the cartoonist produce amusing drawings, but each drawing also needs to clearly communicate its concept, whether serious or funny. Cartoons which are intended as aids to understanding and memory introduce one more vital requirement to the harmony - a deep knowledge and affinity with the concepts being conveyed. Spencer Hill's cartoons harmonise these ingredients beautifully and, coupled with Damo Mitchell's expertly and clearly written text, will enable any reader to balance laughter and learning with the greatest of ease

Rachel Morris wrote:

It's a fabulous text book. If you're a student who learns through visual cues, this is the Chinese Medicine book for you. The graphic novel, comic strip style, travel story is punctuated by diagrams summarizing the main symptoms of each problem, so it's easy to navigate through the book... More text books should be put together like this. Perhaps this approach to learning would be exactly the way to engage visual learners in all sorts of subjects

Matthew Noe wrote:

As someone whose knowledge of Chinese medicine has primarily been limited to the negative cultural stereotypes that exist in the United States for such practices, YME (Yellow Monkey Emperor) was a perfect place to begin. By pairing words and images with stories, it became more plausible as an outsider to understand the methods, the reasoning, and the potential treatments for these ailments than I believe would have been possible otherwise... All-in-all, The Yellow Monkey Emperor's Classic of Chinese Medicine is a fun, beautifully colored comic introduction to Chinese medicine that I recommend to anyone


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Book Cover: Daoist Reflections from Scholar Sage
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 29.64
ISBN: 1848193211
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 312

This collection of fascinating short reads on Daoist thought, including Chinese medicine brings together some of the most popular articles from the Scholar Sage online magazine, alongside new material from Damo Mitchell. It includes:

· How the teaching of the 'three worms' (Sanchong) demonstrates the way Daoism pulls together models of the physical, energetic, spiritual and psychological
· A translation of and commentary on the Classic of Breath and Qi Consolidation, an important Daoist classical poem that discusses the relationship of Jing and Qi in the body
· The importance of the pineal gland in Daoist alchemical thought
· The internal alchemy of Fire, Water, Dragon and Tiger
· The meaning behind the pairs of Fu Dogs often seen guarding the entrances of Chinese temples, government buildings and restaurants
· How Fa Jin works
· How increasing your 'excitement threshold' can help you to find contentment in states of perpetual centeredness
· Understanding and using food energetics
· And much more.

Helping you to think about your practice in new ways, the book features contributions from senior students at the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts, including Roni Edlund, Paul Mitchell, Donna Pinker and Dr Seb Smith.

Reviews:R Scott Malone wrote:

Love, love, love it!
Great book, great information and I'll bet he has enough for 6 more like it!
I'd buy everything he has written in hardback and call it a proper library


The Art of the Lotus and the Moon

Book Cover: Daoist Nei Gong for Women
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 24.95
ISBN: 1848192975
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 288

Although the energetic anatomy of men and women is different, the ancient teachings of Nu Dan, a separate branch of internal alchemy for women, have been lost in the literature over the centuries and only survive through practice in the lineages. This book takes a detailed look at female energetic anatomy, exploring how it is different from its male counterpart, and explains and describes the specific practices which support the unique strengths and challenges that the female energy system presents. Previously wrapped in secrecy, the teachings in this book include qigong exercises that activate the energy of the uterus and an explanation of how menstruation and a connection to the cycles of the moon can be converted into a tool for Nei Gong development.

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Reviews:Daisy Lee wrote:

I knew I had found a rare treasure for my instructors and students when I read Roni and Damo's Daoist Nei Gong for Women. Thorough, deep and wise, this is a voluminous "must-have" on any serious Qigong/ Neigong practitioner's shelf. It is sure to answer all questions women will have on these ancient health and empowerment practices, as up until now, so few knowledgeable books have been written about them. Women practitioners will now have a deep well to draw from, gleaning wisdom from two of the finest teachers of Neigong in the modern world

Dana L. wrote:

Roni Edlund and Damo Mitchell have done a great job in presenting the material in a very clear and easy to follow manner, while maintaining the depth and integrity of the traditions they are drawing from. It is no small task to present physical exercises in literary form and yet even the physical practices are laid out in a clear and easy to follow manner. By directly addressing the female practitioner and the ways in which her path is different from her male counterparts, this book helps tremendously towards the integration of the ancient Daoist arts and the contemporary context they are now alive in. I hope a second volume comes along in the future!


Clearing the Meridins and Awakening the Spine in Nei Gong

Book Cover: The Four Dragons
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 29.95
ISBN: 1848192266
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 256

Within the context of a larger discussion of Dao Yin, Damo Mitchell teaches and explains the Dragon Dao Yin exercises, a set of four short sequences designed to work with the subtle energies of the spine and lead pathogenic energies out of the body.

More 'Yang' in nature than Qi Gong, Dao Yin focuses on outwards movements and strong internal cleansing. The book highlights this important distinction and covers the theory, history and development of Dao Yin exercises, as well as the relationship between Chinese medical theory and Dao Yin training. One chapter is devoted to problems related to stagnation and the flow of Qi, and explains the different causes and forms of stagnation. Later chapters look at breathing patterns and the extension of Yi, opening the joints, and rotating the bones and spine. Damo Mitchell also discusses stillness as the source of movement, the philosophical significance of the Dragon and the pearl, and the means of hardwiring Dao Yin exercises into the energetic body. Central to the discussion is the concept of the spine, and how to wake it up.

For the first time in the English language, the Dragon exercises – Awakening, Swimming, Soaring and Drunken – are described in detail, with photographs and step-by-step instructions on each of the exercises as individual therapeutic exercises and as a form.

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Reviews:Barbara Abrams wrote:

The Four Dragons brilliantly conveys, with ease, clarity, and a refreshing sense of humor, ancient Daoist principles and teachings of Qi Gong, Dao Yin and Nei Dan. Until now this information has been shrouded in mystery and secrecy, behind monastery walls, for millennia. With practice, both the beginner and the advanced student will benefit greatly by the reading of this book, experiencing rapid improvements in health and wellbeing. One who cultivates further will be guided to the deepest levels of inner consciousness

Steve Galloway wrote:

The Four Dragons completes a trilogy of plain English Daoist Nei Gong titles setting out a methodology which has proven so successful at Damo Mitchell's courses in Europe, the USA, and Asia. Damo's structured approach to physical health and energetic purging has connected a current generation of students to the energetic realm and prepared them for the next proposition in the Daoist Arts - nei dan


The Alchemical Firing Process of Daoism

Book Cover: White Moon on the Mountain Peak
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 38.45
ISBN: 1848192568
Size: 6.80 x 9.70 in
Pages: 384

Explaining the process and energetics of Daoist internal alchemy, the author describes in detail the practice of Nei Dan, the alchemical firing practice of Daoism that has until very recently been a closely guarded secret.

Drawing together a huge amount of esoteric material on the hidden aspects of Daoist practice, he presents theory and practice coherently for western practitioners. He offers his own experiences of each stage of attainment, describing the tangible results that should appear, and provides guidance on the practicalities and potential pitfalls of alchemical training.

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Reviews:Adam Mizner wrote:

I have been devotedly practicing and researching the esoteric methods of Buddhism and Daoism since I was a teenager. In my travels and research I have been blessed to have received authentic teachings in the internal martial arts and the meditation methods of Buddhism. In strong contrast to this, despite my efforts I have never been able to access the authentic teachings of the Nei Dan firing process. What was available was shrouded in symbolic language and secrecy. That all changed when I met Damo Mitchell. Not only is Damo's transmission authentic but his teachings are clear and practical. The teachings given in this book are a true gift for the English speaking Daoist community

Serge Augier wrote:

With all the information circulating today we face the difficulty of discerning between what is true and what is pure mental fabrication. A number of publications give us misleading information on the reality of practice. Damo's book stands out from these publications and illuminates us, supporting our personal research. My personal practice started 40 years ago I learn something every day - I would like to come across books like this one more often! This is a clear and useful handbook, convenient and concise. This is a book for those who love living Daoism

Mike Jones wrote:

The most precise instructions in the practice of Nei Dan you will ever read. This book will be a revelation to everyone who has previously lost their way in the obscurities of Daoist alchemical texts