Chinese Medicine Demystified!
Optimal Healing: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine   Balance for Health Publishing   
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Contact: Patricia Tsang


Optimal Healing: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine, finalist in the USA Book News Awards and winner of the National Indie Excellence Award, demystifies traditional Chinese medicine and demonstrates its relevance in the twenty-first century

    (San Francisco, CA)… Despite enormous advances in modern medicine, a growing number of Americans seeks non-Western approaches for health problems that conventional medicine can’t solve. Many visit practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Few patients, if any, understand what the TCM practitioner tells them because the practitioner uses strange-sounding ancient terminology and speaks from a foreign paradigm.
    Finally, a book, Optimal Healing: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been written that sheds much needed light on TCM teachings. The author, a physician with training and experience in both Eastern and Western medicine, uses a scientific perspective to explain enigmatic TCM terminology for the Western reader.
    Optimal Healing stands out among TCM books because it actually provides Western definitions for terms such as “liver fire”, “wet heat”, and “deficient qi.” Whereas most TCM books, written by TCM practitioners, are necessarily slanted towards Eastern medicine, Optimal Healing provides a balanced comparison of Eastern and Western medicine.
    Tsang avers that diseases occur in stages. Western medicine focuses on late stage disease. Eastern medicine deals not just with disease but also with improving the patient’s ability to fight disease. This aspect makes the Eastern approach more appropriate for early stage disease and for enhancing post-Western-intervention recovery. Because of these differences, optimal healing comes when the two are integrated. Tsang succeeds in holding the reader’s interest with her engaging writing style. She uses many case examples from her own practice and often injects humor into her anecdotes. Her message is clear: integrative medicine is more effective, safer, and less costly than a strictly Western medical approach.

About the author: Dr. Patricia Tsang received her M.D. from UCSF. She studied traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1981and then continued her studies under the tutelage of a faculty member who became her lifelong teacher and mentor, Dr. Yat Ki Lai, O.M.D., L.Ac.  She writes from her personal experience as a practitioner who effectively treated patients using an integration of her dual Eastern and Western training. She has lectured widely to health care professionals and to the lay public about TCM.

Book Details:
Title: Optimal Healing: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine
Author: Patricia Tsang
Publisher: Balance for Health Publishing, 3701 Sacramento St., #407, San Francisco Ca 94118, 

Distributor: Independent Publishers Group,
Paperback, 6”x9”, $19.95 U.S., $21.95 Can. Pub. Date: September, 2008
272 pages, 10 illustrations, general index, herb index, glossary, bibliography
Adult Non-Fiction, BISAC Category: MED004000-Alternative Medicine
ISBN: 978-0-9799484-9-7



“This keenly written book is about the power of herbs and needles to produce healing, about the integration of Eastern with Western medicine for optimal health care. You don’t have to be a medical student, a proponent of acupuncture, or a hypochondriac to dive right into its rich content.”
       Bob Howdy, PhD, Exchange Publishibng.Com

“Optimal Healing provides a very useful summary of TCM and its relationship to Western medicine that would be most useful as an introduction for patients and practitioners with little or no knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The language is clear, the text is very readable and the clinical examples are relevant and interesting.”
      William Boogs, MD, DABMA, Universitty of Florida, Medical Acupuncture Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Medicine De-Mystified for Westerners, June 3, 2009
By Eve Y. Visconti (Foster City, CA)
Optimal Healing: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine was not only very interesting, it helped me to de-mystify the whole area of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Reading this book, one gets an insight into how the Chinese culture and philosophy influences their practice of medicine, and how it can be used effectively, along with Western Medicine to provide a more holistic and humane practice of the art of healing.

Dr. Tsang uses fascinating case studies to illustrate her points, and at the same time appeals to Western health professionals to take a serious look at Traditional Chinese Medicine as a valid adjunct to the practice of Western medicine.

Even as a lay, Caucasian person, I found I just wanted to keep reading - and finished the book in two sittings, and my respect and admiration for the Chinese culture has increased greatly.

Having read the book, I feel comfortable, for the first time, exploring the complementary use of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This book is a must-read for health professionals, and for anyone wanting optimal health.

5.0 out of 5 stars Explanation of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Western terminology, May 20, 2009
By B. Codding
Having tried acupuncture to alleviate a painful "frozen" shoulder years ago, I am interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but find its terminology baffling. Optimal Healing clears up the mysteries very quickly. The author, Dr. Patricia Tsang, is a second generation Chinese American and a classically trained Western physician, who learned TCM and integrated it into her medical practice for many years. From this unique perspective, she readily translates TCM terminology and practices into terms that lay people can easily understand. I highly recommend it for those interested in TCM as an addition to Western medical applications or for those interested in Eastern massage practices.

Interview Questions
1.    How did you become interested in Chinese medicine?
2.    Can you tell me what motivated you to write Optimal Healing?
3.    What is your book about?
4.    Can you tell us more about  terms like liver fire, spleen and kidney deficiency?
5.    How can integrating Eastern and Western medicine bring down healthcare cost?
6.    What are some of the most important conditions you treated with integrating Eastern and Western medicine?
7.    What Chinese medical treatment do you think should be researched by the West?
8.    Some Western doctors criticize Chinese medicine because the remedies have not undergone proper research. How do you answer them?
9.    How is Optimal Healing different from all the other books about Chinese medicine?
10.    You say that Westerners’ pursuit of Eastern medicine is misdirected. Can you explain why.