Medical acupuncture stands out among the alternative health modalities for ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and applicability to a wide range of conditions. In Getting to Know You, Dr. Joe Helms uses down-to-earth language to help readers make the best use of this treatment. He clearly identifies what sorts of problems respond best to medical acupuncture and distinguishes between constitutional characteristics and early indicators of health conditions.
Getting to Know You features real-world patient cases in medical acupuncture and promotes applied learning throughout, inviting readers to identify traits and symptoms they see in themselves. To this end, Dr. Helms provides a list of questions to clarify the reader’s dominant type. For each type, guidelines are presented with common-sense changes to promote optimal health. The book conveys a wealth of complex medical information in simple terms, including elusive classical acupuncture models such as the circulation of energy and the five phases of treatment. A useful appendix further highlights acupuncture’s benefits, while a reference list makes it easy to find practitioners in the U.S.
“Dr. Joe Helms is the father of medical acupuncture in America. I’ve been enthusiastically recommending his work to physicians and patients for almost thirty years. In his new book he combines the ancient art of acupuncture with his extensive experience in treating illnesses and observing human behavior. The result is a practical guide that can help anyone have better health.” —Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom
“Dr. Helms has long been the premier educator of physicians in the art of medical acupuncture. In this book he shows how acupuncture can make sense of much of what goes wrong with us—even at te earliest signs of disturbance—and help us in our medical decisions. Getting to Know You is the premier source for the thinking public to understand and integrate acupuncture into their personal health care.” —Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Healing and Healthy Aging
“Joe Helms describes an approach to health and disease where there is no division between the mind and the body. Each chapter made me more enthusiastic about insights from the acupuncture tradition and how I can help myself to be healthier, even without needle. I found out more about myself, my family, and my friends by reading this book than I could have ever imagined. I think all patients and physicians will benefit from this time-honored perspective. “ —Kenneth Pelletier, PhD, MD, author of Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer and The Best Alternative Medicine