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Extraordinary Chinese Medicine - The Extraordinary Vessels, Extraordinary Organs, and the Art of Being Human

By Thomas Richardson with William Morris

Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia, 2018

ISBN:  978 1 84819 419 9

eISBN 978 0 85701 371 2


This is a valuable book for Chinese Medicine practitioners and qigong practitioners. As a Chinese M

edicine and qigong practitioner myself, I felt that not enough attention was paid to the Extraordinary Vessels and Organs in my university degree course.


The author does a great job in restoring some of the spiritual and Daoist

concepts back into Chinese Medicine. In 1954 the Communist government of China founded the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and many new TCM universities were established. Unfortunately, in the process, many so-called ‘superstitious’ elements of TCM were stripped away. Many important Daoist concepts about the relationship of man to the universe were lost and only survived in family lineages of Chinese Medicine and Daoist and qigong groups.


The author explains many important connections between the universe and man and between the extraordinary vessels, the extraordinary organs, the primary channels and the primary organs of the body. The horizontal and vertical axes of the body place man in intimate connection with the universe.  The energy or qi of the body is not separate from the universe but there is a continual interchange between the two.


I recommend this book to Chinese Medicine students and practitioners because I am sure it will deepen their understanding and expand their view of Chinese Medicine, restoring some of its lost depth.