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HEALTH / EASTERN MEDICINE
“The discovery of your body type and practice of self-cultivation are the core concepts of Sasang medicine. Dr. Wagman does a wonderful job of relaying this important messagein Your Yin Yang Body Type. It is a clear, well-written book that can help readers to better understand themselves, build radiant health, and experience longevity.”
--Joseph K. Kim, OMD, Ph.D., third-generation practitioner and former chairman of the Department of Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College and coauthor of Compass of Health and Yin and Yang of Life
Deeply rooted in the classics of Eastern medicine, the ancient Korean art of Sasang medicine explains how we each are born with a specific body “type” that establishes our physical and emotional strengths and weaknesses. These traits have a direct influence on how we interact with others and react to stress, trauma, and illness. Discovering your type can empower you to make the best choices regarding your health and well-being.
In this book, Gary Wagman explores the 4 major body types of Sasang medicine using 2 different self-tests to determine your type. He explains the balance of Yin and Yang energy within the organs for each type and how this underlies your emotional tendencies and health patterns. Offering stories from his Sasang medical practice, as well as his own healing, the author shows how organ excesses and deficiencies are often the culprit in emotional and psychological issues and how addressing these energetic imbalances can bring about lasting change.
Wagman provides an extensive look at the most beneficial foods for each type and those that could be harmful as well as which forms of exercise are most effective. He shows which herbs are most compatible for you and which could exacerbate your inborn energetic imbalances. He offers Sasang approaches for a range of common conditions, from high blood pressure, aching joints, and allergies to common colds, inadequate sleep, and weight gain. He also introduces ways to enhance spiritual well-being by balancing your innate emotional strengths and weaknesses. Addressing the body, mind, and spirit, discovering your Yin Yang body type provides the key to optimizing physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
GARY WAGMAN, Ph.D., L.Ac., is an acupuncturist, practitioner of Eastern medicine, and doctor of philosophy in psychology. He was the first foreign student at the Daejeon University of Oriental Medicine in South Korea and lived in Asia for more than 8 years. The founder of Harmony Clinic and the American Institute of Korean Medicine, he lives in Portland, Oregon.