Focusing on head energetics as the root of pathologies of the head, this book is the first to take the Classical Chinese perspective. Headache and allergy complaints make up a significant part of patient presentations, and Montakab offers a needed and refreshing perspective.
It was a great delight to read this book by Hamid Montakab who has behind him a lifetime of practice, research and teaching. Thorough, well-researched, careful and meticulous, yet with a clarity and simplicity of knowledge quite unusual in this field. Excellent and clear discussion of pathologies, conditions, case-histories and treatments, all in a very open and flexible way - much more akin to the classical Chinese model, than some earlier texts. Not the least is the inclusion of contemporary research at the end of each chapter.
— Richard Bertschinger, Taoist translator and author of The Golden Needle, acupuncture practitioner
This fascinating text provides a much-needed analysis of conditions involving the head and neck. It is a pleasure to read as Dr. Montakab brings decades of careful thought to bear upon a collection of sometimes thorny presenting complaints. I particularly enjoyed the fresh insights from Dr. Montakab's readings of the classics which enliven the extensive clinical reflections. His unique and innovative discussion of the energetics and classical anatomy of these areas has inspired me to weave his experience into my own work.
— Dr. Jason D. Robertson, DAHM. Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine
It is very refreshing to read a book in English by an author familiar with the French school. The language barrier is so great that many English speaking practitioners have not even heard of the barrier points, and indeed rarely use the divergent or the luo channels. Not only does Hamid introduce the barrier points, but he also shows how they can be used to great effect in a clinical situation. The book is particularly strong on the many different types of headache, with clear diagrams of locations and clear explanations of headaches analysed according to 8 principles, Zang-Fu, 6 divisions 5 elements and of course the channels.
— Julian Scott
About the Author
Hamid Montakab MD has been teaching and practicing as an acupuncturist for 45 years. He is also a lecturer and teaches internationally at postgraduate level. He lives in Saviese, Switzerland.