True Wellness for Your Gut
Combines the best that Eastern and Western medicine can offer in the understanding, treatment, and prevention of digestive conditions, diabetes, and obesity.
True Wellness for Your Gut combines the best that Eastern and Western medicine have to offer in the understanding, treatment, and prevention of gastrointestinal disease, diabetes, and obesity. By blending modern research with ancient practices, this book will help readers stay positive and keep motivated along their journey toward better health and overall well-being.
The authors have helped thousands of people through the use of surgery, pharmaceuticals, acupuncture, herbs, qigong, tai chi, meditation, and life-style counseling. They explain how Western medicine has substantiated a long-held understanding of the gut held by Eastern medicine – that digestive health significantly impacts and is impacted by sleep, emotions, movement, food, and social support.
The authors discuss how sleep, exercise, nutritious food, stress management, acupuncture, and qigong favorably impact the gastrointestinal system. These modalities restore balance in the nerves, hormones, and neurotransmitters that improve digestion and metabolism. A special section is devoted to discussing the human gut microbiome, the bacteria we harbor in our intestines, and how the microbiome is essential to our health.
- Drs. Kuhn and Kurosu strongly recommend a collaborative approach, encouraging readers to engage with their Western healthcare providers so that serious conditions can be addressed safely.
- The authors share ideas about how the reader can create a multidisciplinary care team, involving practitioners of both Eastern and Western healing systems.
- The science behind meditation, acupuncture, and qigong are explained.
- Understand how the microbiome is essential to good health.
- Readers are offered recommendations of proven Eastern and Western therapeutic interventions that will calm the mind, decrease stress, improve sleep and nutrition, strengthen digestion, and normalize metabolism.
- True Wellness for Your Gut includes a step-by-step guide and qigong exercises designed to promote overall gastrointestinal health.
The authors recognize that digestive disease is complex and requires a multifaceted approach for successful treatment. By blending the ancient wisdom of Eastern Medicine with cutting-edge Western discoveries, True Wellness for Your Gut will help readers stay positive and achieve optimal health, whether through prevention or treatment of digestives conditions, diabetes, and obesity.
“Hippocrates famously stated, “All disease begins in the gut.” And, as it relates to the number one causes of death on our planet, chronic degenerative conditions like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and coronary artery disease, what goes on in the gut has wide reaching and even existential implications. As such, we welcome True Wellness for Your Gut as it provides profoundly insightful and actionable information that may well serve to be transformative in charting the reader’s health destiny.”
—David Perlmutter, MD, author, New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain and Brain Wash
“I recently had the pleasure of reading True Wellness for Your Gut and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. As a board-certified gastroenterologist, I found the chapters involving the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system to be very detailed and well-researched, yet concise, logically presented, and easy to understand. Not only was it an excellent review of some of the basics for me, it also allowed me to expand my knowledge in the field of gastroenterology.
I found of particular value The Human Microbiome and Balancing the Gut-Brain-Microbiome Axis sections of chapter 3, which examine some of the most up-to-date principles of the human gut microbiota. As our knowledge of this exciting and rapidly evolving field grows, I believe it will fundamentally change how doctors and their patients approach digestive health. Furthermore, as a physician trained almost exclusively in the principles of Western medicine, I learned a great deal about how Eastern and Western medicine can complement one another. In short, without reservation I would recommend this book to anyone with a desire to improve not only their digestive well-being, but their overall health as well.”
—James D. Panetta, DO, Board Certified Gastroenterologist
At no other time in our history has taking responsibility for our health and wellness been more imperative. Science has now shown that diet, lifestyle and stress play an integral part in the support of our immune systems and therefore our health. Myriad health issues begin with poor dietary and lifestyle habits that lead to dysfunction of the digestive system and dysregulation of our immune function. The old adage…you are what you eat rings true.
True Wellness for Your Gut combines the most current discoveries of Western medicine with the ancient healing wisdom and practices of Eastern medicine to address digestive related disease. It provides an easy to follow guide to proper nutrition, stress management and overall health and wellness.
—Alice Newton, National Board-Certified Licensed Acupuncture Physician
“An informative guide to digestive health that draws on concepts from modern and traditional medicine from around the world.
Following up on their previous book, True Wellness: How To Combine the Best of Western and Eastern Medicine for Optimal Health (2019), medical doctors Kurosu and Kuhn aim to bridge the gap between ancient and modern health principles in this self-help guide, which offers helpful approaches to readers struggling with digestive issues or with maintaining a healthy weight. It starts with a general overview of the philosophies behind Western and Eastern medicine (Kuhn received medical training in China and Korusu, in North America) and then walks readers through an in-depth analysis of the human digestive system, including common digestive and metabolic illnesses such as peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and celiac disease. After that, the chapters shift to healing methods and strategies that readers may implement on their own, such as dietary restrictions or the use of Chinese herbal supplements. The authors make it clear that they wrote the book to give sufferers clarity about the origins of their problems, but they also encourage them to reflect upon their lifestyles—and, specifically, whether they’re pushing themselves too hard at work and at home, as stress can be a worsening factor. There are helpful, uncredited illustrations throughout; a chapter on qi gong practices for gut healing offers several detailed images to help readers understand its physical movements. The authors’ writing style is warm and inviting, and they effectively get their points across without relying on complex jargon or a preachy tone. What’s most striking about the book, however, is how it demonstrates the benefits of holistic medicine when combined with lifestyle changes and how it explains how a single aspect of digestive well-being can affect other areas of one’s health.
A valuable and wide-ranging wellness resource.
USA Best Books Award - Winner - 2020