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The Temperament of Essential Oils: Book Review

The English abridged translation ofPortraits in Oil: The Personality of Aromatherapy Oils and Their Link with Human Temperament,by Philippe 
Mailhebiau (1995), is an elegant book. Mailhebiau personifies the temperament of twenty-four essential oils (EO) using old-world poetic proses and allegory. One comes to know these oils through legend, mythology and religion. At times, the book reads like a novella, luring one into the botanical history, properties and synergy of each of the oils. In this version Mailhebiau pays homage to the ancient origins of aromatic medicine.

Cholesterol & Chinese Medicine: Article Review

How is hypercholesterolemia diagnosed and treated in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? The article “Cholesterol and Chinese Medicine” by Luria & Zelicha (2009) poses two key points, (a) hypercholesterolemia does not exist as a diagnosis in TCM theory; and (b) hypercholesterolemia is not easy to diagnosis using TCM diagnostic techniques (pulse, tongue and physiognomy etc.). According to TCM theory, if a patient does not show any signs and symptoms of hypercholesterolemia, with the tongue and pulse appearing normal, it cannot be treated directly due to inability to establish a differentiation diagnosis (Luria & Zelicha, 2009, p.
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