Books by Daniel Reid
The Essence of Chi-Gung: A Handbook of Basic Forms for Daily Practice
The beneficial health effects of daily chi-gung practice have long been known in China, but in the West, chi-gung is becoming increasingly used for general well-being and to complement conventional medical treatment. The Essence of Chi-Gung is an easy-to-use workbook that teaches the fundamentals of chi-gung practice and provides a safe, basic daily regimen that can be adapted for people of all ages and physical abilities.
The view in Chinese medicine is that good health is maintained by circulating and increasing chi, the vital life energy that we are all born with. In chi-gung practice, slow, rhythmic breathing is synchronized with body movements, in a way which is beneficial to both the nervous and immune systems and to overall health. This manual includes over fifty step-by-step illustrations of the warm-up exercises and movement forms.
Shambhala Publishing 1st edition (July 10, 2012) Paper back 128 pages
ISBN-10: 1590309626 /ISBN-13: 978-1590309629
The Art and Alchemy of Chinese Tea
The fine art of preparing and drinking tea has become a hallmark of Chinese civilization, handed down through the ages in China by monks and martial artists, doctors and hermits, emperors and alchemists. In his latest book, Daniel Reid explores Chinese tea in its manifold varieties, its long and colorful historical development in China, and its refinement as a mainstay of Chinese culture.He describes the principles that lie at the heart of tea culture in China, the potent medicinal properties of Chinese tea, and how to cultivate Cha Dao, the Daoist way of tea, in daily life. A central section of the book explores for the first time the alchemy of Chinese tea, an esoteric aspect of Chinese tea culture that remains unexplored by modern science but was known and cultivated in ancient China. Jin Dan, the `golden elixir of life' is the elusive essence that resides dormant within tea (as in some other plants and minerals) and can be extracted, activated and transferred to the human system to protect health, prolong life, and
enhance mental performance. The author looks at how and why this works, and explains the chemical transformations that take place as well as explaining the energetic transfer that takes place when tea is prepared by a Master.
Illustrated with many photographs, by Christan Janzen, the book contains detailed descriptions of many Chinese tea varieties, especially the High Mountain Oolong Tea of Taiwan, which is considered by many to be the pinnacle of perfection in both the art and alchemy of Chinese tea. The book also contains entertaining tea anecdotes from the author's 'Tea Tidings' bulletin, and a useful glossary of Chinese tea terms.
Tea lovers, as well as those with an interest in tea culture, the Dao, and Chinese history and culture, will find this book an absorbing and revelatory read.
Singing Dragon; 1 edition (November 15, 2011) Hardcover 240 pages ISBN-10: 1848190867/ISBN-13: 978-1848190863
The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity:
A Modern Practical Guide to the Ancient Way
With a detailed introduction to the ancient philosophical, ethical, and religious Chinese practice of Taoism, The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity is a unique, comprehensive, and practical self-help guide to live a balanced and positive Taoist lifestyle.
Written by a Westerner for the Western mind, The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity is perfect for the modern reader interested in exploring the balanced and holistic health care system used by Chinese physicians, martial artists, and meditators for over 5,000 years.
Drawing on his extensive personal experience and research from original sources, author Daniel Reid covers all aspects of the healthy Taoist lifestyle, delivering concise information and instruction on diet and nutrition, fasting, breathing and exercise, sexual health, medicine, and meditation. Featuring helpful charts and illustrations, The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity makes the ancient practice easier to understand and more applicable to a modern
\Western audience than ever before.
Simon & Schuster UK Ltd (July 15, 1989) Paperback 406 pages ISBN 0-7434-0907-8
The Tao of Detox: The Secrets of Yang-Sheng Dao
Despite the wonders of modern medicine, the state of human health throughout the world is eroding at an alarming rate. The long-term accumulation of toxins and acid waste in our bodies--both from the chemically contaminated air we breathe and water we drink as well as the toxins we ingest in the form of low quality food, preservatives, and additives--damages our organs, corrodes our joints and arteries, enervates our nervous system, and inhibits our immune system. Chronic pain and fatigue, hypertension and heart failure, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, indigestion, insomnia, and even acne, are all caused by the long-term accumulation of toxins in our bodies.
In The Tao of Detox Daniel Reid combines traditional Eastern practices and the latest of modern Western thinking to offer detoxification methods that can repair in as little as seven to ten days much of the long-term damage done. He provides breathing exercises, massage techniques, and soft exercises such as yoga and tai chi that help the body to heal itself. He also
explains the importance of “rational retoxification,” which allows the careful reintroduction of less healthy substances, and offers ways to counteract those toxins we can’t--or don’t want to--avoid, including alcohol and tobacco. Reid explains that, just as we care for our cars with regular tune-ups, by practicing periodic detox as well as “rational retox,” we can enjoy long and healthy lives and still be able to “eat, drink, and be merry.”
Healing Arts Press Publishing 1 edition (October 25, 2006) Paperback 336 pages ISBN-10: 1594771421/ISBN-13: 978-1594771422
A Complete Guide to Chi-Gung: The Principles and Practice of the Ancient Chinese Path to Health, Vigor, and Longevity
Chi-gung, which literally means "energy work," is a system of cultivating health, vitality, and longevity that is based on the fundamental principles of Taoism and the laws of nature. Practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years, chi-gung works with the energy found in all living things to help rid the body of the imbalances that sap our strength and give rise to disease. The simple, meditative movements, breathing exercises, and massage techniques that are the basis of chi-gung can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or physical fitness.
Shambala Publications Inc 1998 Paperback 326 pages ISBN 1-57062-543-3
Opium Culture: The Art and Ritual of the Chinese Tradition
In Opium Culture Peter Lee presents a fascinating narrative that covers every aspect of the art and craft of opium use. Starting with a concise account of opium’s long and colorful history and the story of how it came to be smoked for pleasure in China, Lee offers detailed descriptions of the growing and harvesting process; the exotic inventory of tools and paraphernalia required to smoke opium as the Chinese did; its transition from a major healing herb to a narcotic that has been suppressed by the modern pharmaceutical industry; its connections to the I Ching, Taoism, and Chinese medicine; and the art, culture, philosophy, pharmacology, and psychology of this longstanding Asian custom. Highlighted throughout with interesting quotes from literary and artistic figures who were opium smokers, such as Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Herman Melville, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the text is studded with gems of long forgotten opium arcana and dispels many of the persistent myths about opium and its users.
Translated from Chinese by Daniel Reid.
Inner Tradtions (November 29, 2005) Paperback 256 pages ISBN-13: 9781594770753
Shambhala Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Chinese approach to health and healing is a rich and complex tradition, encompassing disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the full spectrum of illnesses, as well as offering a holistic approach to mental health. More than a system of medicine in the Western sense of the term, the Chinese approach to health care reflects the Taoist belief in the importance of promoting balance and harmony in body, mind, and spirit. In traditional Chinese medicine, this goal is achieved through nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, massage, exercise, meditation, and other holistic methods that restore the natural patterns of the human system. This book is an accessible and highly readable introduction to all the major aspects of this vast tradition. Topics covered include:
• The foundation of traditional medicine in Chinese history
• The theory of chi (energy) and how it influences health
• The Chinese approach to health, happiness, and longevity
• The use of Chinese herbal medicine and herbal formulas
• Diet and nutrition as a form of preventive medicine
• Acupuncture, acupressure, and massage—including sample techniques for self-massage
• The practice of chee-gung, or "moving meditation," as a means of promoting good health
• Meditation and internal alchemy
• Suggestions for further reading and other resources
Periplus, 2001 Paperback, 328pp
First published in USA by Shambala Publications Inc 1995
A Handbook of Chinese Healing Herbs: An Easy-to-Use Guide to 108 Chinese Medicinal Herbs and Dozens of Prepared Herbal Formulas
Traditional Chinese medicine is perhaps the oldest system of health care in the world—and one of the safest and most effective. This first easy-to-use pocket guide provides everything readers need to know to explore Chinese herbal medicine for themselves. The book includes:
• A brief overview of the basic terms and concepts of traditional Chinese medicine.
• Simple instructions on how to prepare herbal formulas at home.
• An illustrated guide to 108 of the most widely used Chinese herbs, with descriptions, therapeutic effects, preparation methods, and dosages.
• A guide to dozens of readily available prepared herbal formulas for common ailments.
• An index of symptoms and ailments.
• Listings of mail-order houses for herbs, herbal formulas, and other supplies.
• Suggestions for further reading.
Shambhala Publishing 1st edition (August 1, 1995) Paperback 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1570620938/ISBN-13: 978-1570620935
The Complete Book of Chinese Health & Healing: Guarding the Three Treasures
Here is the first complete manual of Chinese medicine specifically written for the layperson. Filled with illustrated exercises and recipes, this book offers a unique, integrated system of preventive health care so that now anyone can promote good health, longevity, and spiritual awareness using these traditional techniques.
• Key concepts of Chinese medical theory
• Dozens of illustrated T'ai Chi and Chee-gung exercises
• The Chinese approach to healing common ailments
• Authentic secrets of Taoist sexual yoga
• Therapeutic food recipes and herbal tonics
• Alternative treatments for diseases such as AIDS and cancer
• Resource listings: teachers, schools, centers, stores, and mail-order suppliers
Shambhala Publishing (December 5, 1994) Paperback 484 pages
ISBN-10: 1570620717/ISBN-13: 978-1570620713
My Journey in Mystic China: Old Pu's Travel Diary
The only English translation of John Blofeld’s memoirs as a Westerner living in China prior to the Communist Revolution
• Paints an intimate portrait of the grace and refinement of ancient Chinese civilization
• Originally written in Chinese for Chinese readers, revealing a rare glimpse of Blofeld’s private Chinese side and uncensored views
• The last book by the great English sinologist, translator of the I Ching and author of Taoist Mystery and Magic
The reveries and remembrances contained in the travel diaries of John Blofeld cover every aspect of his life in China--from visits to opium dens and sing-song houses to sojourns in the Buddhist monasteries and Taoist hermitages of China’s sacred mountains. Here is a vivid glimpse of “old” China as it existed in elegance and grace for three thousand years before China’s Communist Revolution. Originally written in Chinese for a Chinese audience, Blofeld’s travel diary reveals a rare, uncensored view of pre-communist China to which few westerners have been exposed.
Inner Traditions Publishing 1st edition (March 18, 2008) Hardcover: 296 pages
ISBN-10: 159477157X/ISBN-13: 978-1594771576
Daniel's first novel, an action-packed adventure featuring unforgettable characters - CIA spies, renegade mercenaries, bloodthirsty bandits and drug warlords in an exotic Asian setting. A non-stop thriller that exposes dark secrets behind covert American operations in Asia.
Tuttle Publishing (2006) Paperback 224 pages ISBN-10: 0804837880/ISBN-13: 978-0804837880
The Complete Chinese Cookbook: Over 500 Authentic Recipes from China
Exeter Books; First edition. edition (1982) Hardcover ISBN-10: 0896731502/ISBN-13: 978-0896731509
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Over a span of 5,000 years, China has established the world's most extensive pharmacopoeia of medicinal herbs. Through empirical knowledge of nature, practical application, and gradual reasoning based on experience, a system of herbal medicine has evolved that is as highly developed as Western medicinal science. Chinese herbal medicine is a subject surprisingly neglected in current literature. The highly illustrated Chinese Herbal Medicine fills this void, providing the general reader with insight into one of the world's most complex and little-known sciences. It examines the natural flora and fauna on which herbal medicine is based and explains the philosophy that propelled its development. Describing the art and practice of herbal medicine as applied today, it also highlights the potential to combine modern Western diagnosis, and traditional Chinese treatment to form a complete and effective system for both preventative and curative medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicine is based on research provided by contemporary experts, among them Dr. Huang Powen, an herbal physician and acupuncturist, and Dr. Hong Yixiang, a kung fu master and licensed herbal doctor, both based in Taiwan. The text includes a color-illustrated list of 200 major herbs detailing their use, and provides herbal recipes for some common ailments.
Shambhala (February 12, 1987) Paperback 180 pages ISBN-10: 0877733988/ISBN-13: 978-0877733980
Chinese Mini-Cookbook Series: Chinese Homestyle Cuisine
Chinese Vegetarian Cuisine
Spicey Szechuan Cuisine
Northern Chinese Style Cuisine
Chinese Medicinal Herb Cuisine
(Periplus, Singapore, 2005)
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Winds (Japan airlines)
Morning Calm (Korean Air)
Sawasdee (Thai International)
Business Traveler (Hong Kong)
Far East Traveler (Tokyo)
Whole Person (Australia)
International Herald Tribune (Travel & Leisure section)
Bangkok Post (Outlook Section)
Books planned or in progress
Pearls of Wisdom
(translation and commentary on ancient Chinese proverbs)
Mind Over Matter
(musings on metaphysical healing and alchemy)
Food for Thought
(introductory essays, recipes, and nutritional and herbal supplements for balancing, boosting, and expanding neurological functions and brain chemistry)
A Pilgrim's Journal
(journeys to spiritual power places and sacred sites in Asia)