Fang Shi Press

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To investigate through practice the wisdom of the ancients, in light of the spirit, for the sake of what is striving to live in freedom and authentic wholeness in each of us, and striving to live for the peaceful, transformative healing of humanity.

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The Fang Shi Press is dedicated to publishing scholarly and Spiritual Scientific work, poetry and story, and translations related to the study and practice of the healing arts, classical Chinese medicine, internal and external alchemy, Anthroposophy, and pedagogy.

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Featured Publications:

Snake Oil: An Astro-Climatologic Handbook of Remedies

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Astro-Climatological Handbook of Remedies for 2019
Price(USD): $12.00

Description:

Snake Oil is an Astro-climatologic handbook of remedies annually produced for each New Year in the classical Chinese medical calendar system, adapted for our times. It offers detailed flavor and qi, herb and food suggestions taken from the ancient Chinese medical classics for the treatment of disease and disharmony in relation to changes and transformations expressed by celestial, atmospheric, and geological/geographical events, manifestation, or time-markers.

Purchase:

Astro-Climatological Handbook of Remedies for 2019
Price(USD): $12.00

Please make sure to include your email with purchase so that I can send the document and password to open it to you.
You can also pay $12 directly via PayPal to: mgivens.lac@gmail.com and include your email – I will send you the e-document and password.

Shipping:

If you would like a hard copy, I am taking orders and will determine the cost when there is sufficient interest. Shipping will be $7 in the US per book, $15 for international shipping per book.


Flavor, Temperature and other Practical Foundations in Chinese Medicine

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Price(USD): $24.00

Description:

This book is a foundation text in the study and practice of Chinese herbal medicine. It is intended for students, practitioners, teachers, and anyone who is interested in classical wisdom, holistic medicine and the nature of how herbal medicine works.

The first chapter offers translations of terminology and symbols used in Chinese medicine theory. This chapter is numerically organized as a way of presenting a qualitative numerology associated with the terms and symbols being defined. An understanding of the terms and symbols listed under each number can be found through their relation to the quality of that number; the quality of that number can be grasped through the understanding of those terms and symbols. Taken as a whole, the entire chapter can be seen in this way as well. Thus, it is intended to be an introduction to the hermeneutic way of approaching classical Chinese medical science.

The second chapter offers original translations of classical medical texts on the subjects of flavor, temperature, herbal medical practice, dietary therapy, and how herbs work, and discussions of the practical application of those theories in medicine. This is a complete selection of classical material on the subject of flavor, temperature and the practice of herbal medicine, taken from the Huangdi neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine) and the Shennong bencao jing (Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica).

The third chapter offers the author’s thoughts and conclusions of the material presented, and focuses on the practical applications of these terms, symbols and theories. Final thoughts on the nature of illness are offered as a reflection of the material presented, and the reader is advised to take these reflections back to the beginning of the book, to complete the circle.

The main focus of the book is to present a complete, foundational image of holistic medicine. Read from start to finish, it offers the reader a careful thought process from the fundamental basis of medicine to a practical application. The entire text should be considered within each part. Additionally, it is intended for this book to be a useful, practical reference.

Table of Contents:

Prolegomenon
-Intentions 1
-The Spiritual Science of Nourishing Life 3
-A Note on the Translations 8
Ch. 1 Classical Symbolic Terminology
-Numerological Organization 11
-One through Twelve 14
-Important Medical terms and Symbols 54
Ch. 2 Classical Flavor Dynamics (excerpts)
-The Meaning of Flavor 63
-from Suwen 4 67
-from Suwen 5 69
-from Suwen 10 77
-Suwen 22 79
-Suwen 23 89
-Lingshu 56 94
-Lingshu 63 99
-from Shennong bencao jing 103
Ch. 3 The Practice of Medicine
-Applied Science of Flavor and Temperature 109
-What is Classical Chinese Medicine? 114
-Dosage 123
-Bulk and Granule 127
Conclusion 129
Price(USD): $24.00

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Available in print directly from Fang Shi Press.

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$7 for shipping in the US per book, $15 for international shipping per book.

Previous Publications

The Inner Treatises of the Delicately Pure Questions: A Translation and Investigation of the Huangdi neijing suwen Treatises One through Twelve

Price(USD): $17.00

Description:

This translation offers a scholarly investigation of the foundational chapters of the Suwen, including detailed notes and unique yet highly researched translations.

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1
Suwen 1 The Treatise on the Heavenly Truth of the Highest Antiquity 4
Suwen 2 The Great Treatise on the Resonant Tuning to the Numinous by the Four Directional Energies 10
Suwen 3 The Treatise on the Life Generating Vital Energy Openly Communicating with Heaven 15
Suwen 4 The Treatise of the Highest Truth from the Golden Cabinet 22
Suwen 5 The Great Treatise on the Resonant Symbolic Embodiment of Yin and
Yang
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Suwen 6 The Treatise on Release and Return of Yin and Yang 40
Suwen 7 The Treatise on the Divisions of Yin and Yang 46
Suwen 8 The Treatise on the Secret Scroll of the Luminous Orchid 53
Suwen 9 The Treatise on the Concealment and Symbolic Embodiment of the
Six Bundles
59
Suwen 10 An Essay on the Generation and Completion of the Five Orbs 67
Suwen 11 The Treatise on the Differentiations of the Five Orbs 73
Suwen 12 The Treatise on the Unique Methods of Directional Suitability 76
Bibliography 79
Price(USD): $17.00

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Uttering the Names: A 4-fold Translation of the Shuogua (Discussion of the Trigrams)

Price(USD): $17.00

Description:

This translation was done over many years through an attentive and meditative process by the author and translator. The text is a 4th century BCE collection of 3 poems, the earliest known, on the 8 Trigrams. It is a foundational text for all studies and practice of Chinese Medicine, Yin-Yang Theory, and the Yijing (Classic of Change, 64 Hexagrams). The Shuogua is one of the original “Wings” of the Zhouyi (The Zhou dynasty’s Classic of Change).

Table of Contents:

Preface iv
-Textual Organization v
-A Four-Fold Method of Translation vi
-A Discussion of the Title vii
Uttering the Names Part 1: Form and Function 1
-“Inner” Arrangement 4
-“Thunder” Arrangement 5
“Outer” Arrangement 6
Part 2: Numinous Manifestation 15
-Numen 16
-Defining the Trigrams 17
-Animal Resonance 18
-Bodily Resonance 19
-Family Resonance 20
Part 3: Ancient Resonance 21
Concluding Thoughts: Perception 30
Notes 31
Works Cited and Suggested Readings 42
Price(USD): $17.00

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Classical Almanac: The Year of the Yin Wood Goat (Guisi)

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Description:

A few friends and I produced these beautiful and practical datebooks for 3 years in a row – now perhaps a collectors item! They offered the ancient Chinese calendar applied to contemporary usage, including the ancient science of astro-climatology (relating the phenomena of climate and weather patterns and change to solar, lunar, and celestial seasonal, annual and changeable events). Snake Oil.2019 (Year of the yin-Earth Pig) is on sale now!

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See Snake Oil above.

Snake Oil: An Astro-climatologic Handbook of Remedies

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Out of Print
Price(USD): $5.95

Description:

Purchase:

The original Snake Oil from 2013 (Year of the Snake) is no longer available. A new Snake Oil for 2019 (Year of the Pig) is now available in e-document form! See Above.

Shipping:

Hard copies are also available with sufficient interest. Please contact Michael at: mgivens.lac@gmail.com. The cost will depend upon interest, and shipping will be $7 for shipping in the US per book, $15 for international shipping per book.

Shipping:

$7 for shipping in the US per book, $15 for international shipping per book.