We all need mucus, that's clear!
Yuck Phlegm! - that's something else. It hangs around, blocks your airways, muffles your voice, stifles sleep, and slows you down.
On the web there are a hundred sites giving you advice of all sorts.
But none of the sites I saw really took the trouble to explain, for each of the five main types of phlegm:
So I wrote the book: 'Yuck Phlegm!'
Then I wrote it again. Then I asked patients with a history of phlegm what they thought, and re-wrote it again.
In fact it's had about a dozen re-writes. And there'll be more.
But I'm quite pleased with it, so far.
Then I asked my cover designer for a cover for Yuck Phlegm that would evoke a reaction, but also show how the contents could help.
I showed his cover to my wife, who recoiled.
I showed it to my daughter - who recoiled.
I showed it to my son - who recoiled.
In fact, everyone recoiled.
What about you?
But make no mistake, the contents are based around a very sound theory, well over 2500 years old and in regular use worldwide every day: Chinese medicine has a huge contribution to make.
In the introduction I explain why I know something about it all.
Chapter 1 gets right down and dirty into it and shows you how to decide which kind(s) of phlegm you have. Yuck! Phlegm! indeed!
The next chapters show the kind of underlying situations and habits, physical and mental, that contribute to it.
Then there is a chapter on the kinds of thing you'll read elsewhere on the web that people suggest for it.
Some of them are really good suggestions, but the relationship between the suggestion and the kind of phlegm isn't explained.
So you could easily keep trying something for ages and not really understand why it doesn't work.
Or more likely you'll give up after a few days and try something else, without really being any the wiser.
But once you grasp the underlying idea, and it's not that hard, then deciding which treatment will probably work for you is easy.
And when it works, you'll know why.
I explain the differences between the following kinds of phlegm:
Everything from neti jars to herbs is explained, taking in vitamin C and hot drinks.
After you've read the book you'll see why what works for one person won't work for another.
Then, for each type of phlegm, I go through different ways to help it and show what doesn't work. Herbs that are easily available are listed (though what is easily available in one country may be difficult in another, of course).
Where the original herb is difficult to obtain there are usually essential oils which work as well if not better, though in some cases these should be taken only in a particular way, or not at all by, for example, women who are pregnant. It's all there.
In Chinese medicine, Phlegm is a big subject and reckoned to underlie many serious conditions, by which I mean conditions that cause grave illness if not, potentially, death.
So there's a short chapter (chapter 16) on that because it shows you how Chinese medicine is used in many situations where you might think it irrelevant.
And, in a way, it's a warning, to try to maintain good health, because unless you have an inherited disease that is seriously debilitating, almost all of us have a choice over what we do, what and how we eat, and how we live.
If we get ill we may have been making the wrong choices.
If our illness hasn't gone too far, by correcting our habits we may regain health again.
I think you might be amazed at what a few changes, and good treatment can do.
Even if you choose Western medicine, you may find that Chinese medicine, or its concepts, can back it up or reduce its ill-effects.
For information, the book Yuck Phlegm! is around
There are no pictures - sorry, and only one small diagram.
I hope it's easy to read. It's meant to be useful.
It can be used for reference.
It will, I hope, help you see how Chinese medicine is intensely practical and, once you grasp the way it uses words, not that hard to get your head round.
(Although I admit some of the more complicated parts of the theory are less easy.)
The paperback costs US$7.87 or equivalent. I'm sorry it has to be so much!
But there are printing costs to pay, and I need to make a small profit to cover the time I've put into it.
Believe it or not, if you order a copy, they'll print it specially for you. They may print a few more copies eventually if the book does well, but in principal, each copy is newly printed!
Alternatively, ring him on 07950 012501 or freephone (only free to telephone within the UK) 0800 298 7015.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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