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  • Book review: One Astrology book for health
    « on: September 26, 2018, 01:52:14 PM »
    Was notified by someone a new english CM book about health has just been released! When I get my hands on this book, will do a book review. The main contents of the book is using various CM methods like Bazi, Ziwei, Qimen, Meihua, Six Lines and Fengshui to tackle health issues.



    [Added review on 5 Oct 2018]

    First, I must comment on the many spelling errors appearing every few pages. Author claimed to have checked many times but what did he use check? There’s a free program Grammarly, right? A few typos is forgivable, too many is annoying to read.

    One good point is that author does not repeat info like some english authors from his past books.

    In the Bazi section: regarding Longevity star, it would be better if he touch on the other gods which can also be Longevity star. Not only Eating god. (Or is it only a Mangpai exclusive which traditional Bazi don’t have?) See my thread on Longevity star: https://fivearts.info/fivearts/index.php?topic=14503.0

    In the Ziwei section: It’s not the full list of 121 stars. The author was asking viewers if they know the corresponding health/body part of the minor minor stars but I was disappointed not to find the full list here. Contradictory for the applications he illustrated, he chose to focus on the 14 major stars only. What happened to the minor minor stars? He also utilized the “borrowing stars” technique which many professional practitioners don’t support as its actually a bad habit.

    In the Qimen section, he made a worthy point that we should also look for a “suitable” doctor. Compatibility is very important, not just for lovers! Like I said before, partner/spouse/people’s influence on a person’s fate is very real. Look out who will “jinx” you!

    In the Six Lines section, he didn’t explain why need to focus on Wealth line (because it’s the cause of illnesses, Wealth is Origin god of Power!) Of all the methods, I find this section/chapter the weakest and most lacking. I know Six Lines Health category has much more info to offer, eg; interactions with the components, Day branch, Month branch, etc. What he did was just introduce the  basics.

    For the symbolic stars/Date selection method (the part I truly look forward to!), it is refreshing to see lesser-known real-life applications of the familiar Bazi “shen shas”. This part of the book should be expanded more.

    Surprised to find karmic causes and emotional causes of diseases and illness omitted. This 2 aspects would be great to include. This book covers, “how to analyse health from CM perspective” book but it should also include the TCM aspect (like what Admin mentioned) like what to eat to cure this illness or to improve blood circulation, etc or copy some contents from “Ben Cao Gang Mu” or “Huang Di Nei Jing” (see below) to beef up the contents. It does include some fengshui cures but I don’t think those are enough.



    Overall, appears more of an introductory book than reference book to me. By gathering and putting together various CM methods it appears (to me) to be a marketing tactic to increase more sales. CM does not need marketing tactics! All in all, a “mix-and-match” “Rojak” book would impress more if it would go in-depth within each CM method, rather than being a collection of brief, encyclopedia-length, introductory articles. I would also rather it focus in-depth on 1 method alone than trying to achieve many things but done briefly.

    On the last page (pg 131), the author expressed wish for CM arts to be promoted and spreaded globally. But first and foremost, may I suggest all practitioners to write less diluted english books and charge lesser for books/courses?

    Last but not least, CM only predict trends and possibilities. Best is to go for a professional and comprehensive medical check-up regularly for health aspect.


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  • Re: Book review: One Astrology book for health
    « Reply #1 on: September 27, 2018, 09:20:10 AM »
    I see typical TCM herbal items in the cover. Traditional bazi masters usually know TCM.

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  • Re: Book review: One Astrology book for health
    « Reply #2 on: September 27, 2018, 10:53:57 AM »
    @Administrator : Now waiting for ex-colleague to collect the book from Wanli bookshop.... Hope it has quotes and actual applications from Medicinal Herbs Compendium (本草纲目), or at least "natural cures/preventions" for illnesses, eg; like eat blueberries to cure/improve diabetic condition.

    Otherwise if it's a theory-academic-talk book, it's of little use.
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  • Re: Book review: One Astrology book for health
    « Reply #4 on: October 05, 2018, 10:31:44 PM »
    Added review to first post! ;D
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  • Re: Book review: One Astrology book for health
    « Reply #5 on: October 06, 2018, 04:00:23 PM »
    Thanks for review.

    This is kind of rare book in English.

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  • Re: Book review: One Astrology book for health
    « Reply #6 on: October 07, 2018, 11:18:23 AM »
    True, kind of rare book in english CM world. This book is not diluted book, at least.
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