Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Medicine

Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Medicine

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This progressive handbook for Chinese medicine students and practitioners looks at gender, physiology, relationships and sexual attraction from the Chinese medicine perspective. Many standard diagnostic and treatment techniques are gender-based and do not work with clients who identify as LGBT or gender/sex/relationship fluid and so these communities are currently often underserved.

Catherine Lumenello accesses the Daoist, Buddhist and Confucianist roots of the medicine and explores the energetic pathways, the Three Treasures and other theories in order to understand the emotional etiology and treatment concerns prevalent within these client groups. The topics covered in the book include transgender issues, asexuality, sex addiction, sexual realignment surgery and polyamory. Incorporating client examples, illustrations, and an assortment of treatment approaches, this book is a radical re-examination of the potential of Chinese medicine.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 182 x 256 x 26mm | 840g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed.
  • 72 Figures
  • 1848193793
  • 9781848193796
  • 1,266,345

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Disclaimer; Notes on the Text; Preface; SECTION I:A PRACTICE OF LOVE - Terminology: Basic Definitions; 1. Healing from Within; 2. A Welcoming Practice; SECTION II: THE YIN-YANG OF GENDER - Terminology: Gender Identity & Gender Expression; 3. Negating the Binary; 4. A Spiritual Journey; 5. Special Topic: Transgender Health Concerns; SECTION III: THE SEXUAL JOURNEY - Terminology: Sex, Sexual Identity, & Relationship; 6. Energetic Physiology of Sex; 7. Special Topic: Sexual Health; 8. Attraction & Exploration; 9. Special Topic: Power Exchange; SECTION IV: The Emotional Landscape; 10. Standing Guard: Living in Chronic Fear; 11. Disintegration: The Impact of Emotional Trauma; 12. Being Judged: Guilt & Shame; 13. Tied in Knots: Secrecy & Repression ; 14. Scorching the Self: Desire & Craving; 15. Descent into Darkness: Self-Loathing & Suicide; Appendix I: Five Element Chart; Appendix II: Emotion Chart; Appendix III: Qigong Exercises; References
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Review quote

Catherine brings much needed information on gender and sexuality to the field of Chinese medicine in this comprehensive text. Blending classical theory and modern applications, she presents a text appropriate for both the beginning practitioner and the seasoned clinician. I look forward to utilizing her compassionate wisdom in my practice. -- CT Holman, author of Treating Emotional Trauma with Chinese Medicine Combining the sage wisdom of the Yellow Emperor with the street-wise savvy of Dr. Ruth, Lumenello applies her comprehensive scholarship to developing a profound understanding of sexuality through the lens of Chinese Medicine. Her work is a significant contribution to the literature and fills a void in our modern interpretation of the classics. -- Elizabeth Sommers PhD, MPH, LAc
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About Catherine J. Lumenello M.Ac

Catherine Lumenello is a Vermont Licensed Acupuncturist with 15 years of clinical experience. She has a private practice in Vermont, USA, and is also a Classical Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Qigong and Feng Shui Master. She works largely with the LGBT community and her motivation is to offer compassionate healthcare to this community.
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