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A Clinical Guide to Theory and Practice, Second Edition

Keisetsu Otsuka. Translated by Gretchen De Soriano and Nigel Dawes. Foreword by Dan Bensky

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This comprehensive translation of renowned physician Dr Keisetsu Otsuka's classic text in Kampo medicine by two eminent practitioners grants a full immersion into the unique Japanese medical system. This excellent translation also includes an original glossary to fully elucidate the theory and practice of Kampo medicine.
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2016, 10.16in x 7.17in / 258mm x 182mm, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84819-329-1

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2016, ePUB, 224pp
ISBN: 978-0-85701-286-9
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Kampo, a traditional Japanese medical system derived from Classical Chinese Medicine and comprising unique diagnostic methods, herbal formulas and therapeutic approaches, is made accessible to English-speaking practitioners through this definitive translation of Dr Keisetsu Otsuka's classic work. This clinical handbook summarizes diagnostic theory and methodology then leads onto a section including 80 principal formulas followed by a therapeutic section organised according to allopathic definitions of disease. It follows a systems approach in internal medicine beginning with respiratory and cardiovascular disorders, moving through a comprehensive analysis of all the body systems. Essential clinical information on how differential diagnosis and formula selection is achieved is outlined within the Kampo tradition. A comprehensive index of 120 major herbal formulas and 180 individual herbal ingredients is included, as is the translators' original Glossary of terms designed to clarify concepts of health and disease unique to Kampo and Japanese culture.

The translators have taken care to retain Dr Otsuka's own thoughts and opinions on how to study Kampo, as well as demonstrative case studies from his own files, making this a direct source of his wisdom and teachings. Also including an overview of Kampo in the current age and guidance on integrating it into modern practice, this is an essential resource for anyone practicing or studying in this tradition.


'In every field there are seminal works that serious students should engage; Dr Otsuka's Kampo text is one. Given the depth and breadth of their clinical experience, with extensive experience teaching these methods, the translators are uniquely qualified to transmit this information to the West.'
- Craig Mitchell PhD L.Ac, Academic Dean at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine


By (author): Keisetsu Otsuka
Foreword by: Dan Bensky