After experiencing a powerful vision of the nuclear power plant near her home and its toxic effects on the Hudson River, acupuncturist Gail Rex was inspired to help heal the river and surrounding lands but was unsure how to begin. At a workshop with Cherokee-wisdom teacher Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo, she discovered the answer: she could treat the landscape just as she treated her patients--by taking its pulses and treating the points of stagnant energy and pollution with acupuncture. Tracing her journey from initial vision and pulse taking to building a stone circle to open a major energy meridian of the Hudson, the author reveals how our rivers, valleys, and forests are capable of illness and healing just like a living being. Drawing upon the principles of Chinese medicine and her work with Native American shamanic traditions, Rex shows how the landscape itself reveals both its imbalances and the opportunities for treatment. Using a broad range of diagnostic tools--including direct observation, principles of feng shui, listening to pulses, and working with maps--she demonstrates ways of identifying the master points of the surrounding landscape. She then explores different methods of Earth acupuncture treatment, including building stone circles, planting crystals, and working with wooden and copper-rod needles to treat these specific points and restore energy balance.
Gail Reichstein Rex, L.Ac. (1965-2016), was an acupuncturist, author, and editor. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Tri-State College of Acupuncture, she had practiced Chinese medicine since 1995, first in New York and then in Vermont. She is also the author of Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life.
Foreword by Dr. Patrick MacManaway Acknowledgments Introduction Healing the Earth with Natural Medicine Part 1 Diagnosis 1 The Dragon's Breath 2 The Pulse of the Land 3 Yin and Yang 4 Heaven and Earth 5 Eagle Dance * Exercise I: Creating a Relationship with a Tree Part I I Point Location 6 The Extraordinary Channels 7 Divided Waters 8 Thunder Mountain 9 Dunderberg 10 The Furies 11 Pilgrimage * Exercise II: Connecting with a Larger Landscape and Finding Its Pulse Points Part III Treatment 12 Druid Magic 13 The In Breath 14 Acupuncture for the Earth * Exercise III: Pulse Point Meditation Part IV The Healing 15 Into Darkness 16 The Great Turning 17 Healing/Reconceived * Exercise IV: Building a Stone Mandala to Balance Earth Energies Epilogue Rebirth Notes Bibliography Index