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HEALTH / ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
“Beautifully written and well-organized with a deep understanding of Dr. Jeffrey Yuen’s teachings. Leslie Franks has produced an inspirational work about healing with gems and minerals that is not only for the practitioner of Chinese medicine but is also accessible to the layperson.”
--Sheila George, M.D., Former academic dean for the acupuncture program at the Swedish Institute and board member at the American University of Complementary Medicine
“Based on the teachings of Jeffrey Yuen, this labor of love, study, and experience is finally coming out. I am so looking forward to using classical Chinese stone medicine for healing and transformation in my own life and in those of my patients.”
--Christopher Dye, M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
In addition to herbalism and acupuncture, Chinese medicine has a rich tradition of using stones as medicine, passed from generation to generation for thousands of years. In this comprehensive guide and extensive materia medica, Leslie J. Franks presents the Stone Medicine teachings of Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, an 88th-generation Daoist priest from the ancient lineage of the Jade Purity School, which dates to the Han dynasty, 206 BCE.
Detailing the therapeutic properties of more than 200 gems, stones, minerals, and crystals, Franks begins with an extensive look at 15 different forms of quartz, followed by chapters on transformative stones, protective stones, nourishing stones, source energy stones, and alchemical stones. She explains the physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions each stone can treat and how their color, form, hardness, and energetic qualities affect us according to Chinese medicine. She discusses how to make stone and crystal elixirs for internal and topical use, how to charge quartz with the healing properties of other stones, how to cleanse and recharge a stone after use, and how to combine stones to create healing formulas for individual conditions. She explains different techniques of wearing stones as healing jewelry and how to use them in massage and energy work. She examines the chemistry and sacred geometry of crystal structure, revealing how the minerals contained in the stones affect our physiology by supporting our Jing (Essence); by nourishing Qi (energy), Blood, and Fluids; and by clearing Wind, Cold, Damp, and Heat conditions that can lead to disease.
Including a thorough primer on classical Chinese medicine and backed by modern scientific research, this book explains how stones access our deepest layers, vibrating ever so slowly, to initiate deep lasting change.
LESLIE J. FRANKS, LMT, has practiced Asian bodywork since 1990. In 1995, she began studying classical Chinese medicine with Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, an 88th-generation Daoist priest from the ancient lineage of the Jade Purity School. She is also a Chen style taiji instructor, certified by Master Wang Haijun, 12th-generation Chen Taijiquan. She lives in Belchertown, Massachusetts.