One of many fascinating subjects our students encounter in the Diploma Course for Holistic Aromatherapy is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A good study companion is the following book written by Dennis Willmont.
Aromatherapy with Chinese Medicine explores the world of Aromatherapy from the Chinese herbal and acupuncture perspective. This point of view lends great insight into understanding how to create natural healing with essential oils on the levels of the Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Part I covers basic application techniques as well as various categories for organizing essential oil knowledge including Essential Oil Chemistry, the Functional Categories of Disease, and "The Five Phases". It also includes a thorough explanation of the seven Chakras as well as "The Twelve Spirit Points of Acupuncture" with methods of application.
About the Author:
Dennis Willmont has been practicing acupuncture, Taijiquan and Daoist meditation for thirty years. In the early 1980s he directed the Training Program in Shiatsu and Acupressure at "The Acupuncture and Shiatsu Therapy Center in Boston" where his program in Acupressure became the standard of acupressure tested in national examinations by the American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association today.
Dennis' choice to pursue shiatsu, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs was based upon their ideological similarity to the Daodejing where the body, mind, and spirit were thought of as different aspects of the same whole. Treating one level would, therefore, have a significant aspect on the other and the person could be treated as one whole unity instead of the fragmented self fostered by the drug and surgery-related symptomatic medicine of the West.
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