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When Lao Tzu Met Hippocrates tells the tale of the mysterious circumstances that entwine the destinies of two of the most important teachers of medical philosophy the world has ever known: Lao Tzu of ancient China, and Hippocrates, of ancient Greece. That both are still considered by many to be mythical characters, adds further intrigue to the story. One day Lao Tzu's curious and precocious students, Shen and Wu, wander past the walls of the Imperial Palace and into the Forbidden Caves to discover the mysterious apparatus that will take Master Lao Tzu through time to meet Dr. Hippocrates. With the assistance of Dr. Hippocrates's student and apprentice, Pericles (Peri), Lao Tzu and Hippocrates inconspicuously travel to many futures to witness the unfoldment of key medical discoveries and the human conditions that bring about their necessity. Through the process of exploring their seemingly divergent Eastern and Western influences, they arrive at their own conclusions regarding the value of these discoveries to agree on the one certainty that "knowledge is power and therefore, dangerous in the wrong hands." Finally they must now decide what to do with this information and the devices that led to these discoveries. The story weaves the threads of historical fact with the fantasy of fictional characters and humor, while planting the seeds of knowledge regarding health and disease, the affect a personality can have upon health and life perspectives as it discloses the similarities of foundational thinking in both Eastern and Western approaches to medicine, as well as the creation and maintenance of health. The concept of the five element "types" regarding the physical and emotional health of an individual is also introduced as a self-awareness tool and guide to ways of living through the inevitable passages of one's entire life. It is story that gives a voice to both Eastern and Western philosophies of medicine in a way that builds bridges between the two systems in ways that assist them in working together in today's world.
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Anita Alexandra has practiced Chinese medicine for nearly 20 years with a background in hypnotherapy and other forms of natural healing. She is the owner and creator of ART5 Element Designs, a system of visual art that synthesizes the symbolism of the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water as understood in Chinese medical philosophy and these basic concepts as used in feng shui design. Anita's motivation for the book comes from her love of Chinese medicine as a complete health system for living and her desire to educate and dispel myths that are prevalent in the world regarding both Eastern and Western medicine. Finding value in all systems of healing, she hopes to build bridges with the planting of symbolic and artistic seeds that support the more effective use of all of the information and choices that are available in health and medical fields. ART5 Element Designs were created through her curiosity and deeper understanding of the five elements and how knowing ourselves through these archetypes, physically, emotionally and psychologically can enhance our health, our lives and our relationships. Art has been the evolutionary balance to her own personality and a more soulful expression of the comprehensive nature of Chinese medicine.
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