Book Review: A Tooth From The Tiger’s Mouth

by Ed

A Tooth From The Tiger's Mouth

Discover the secrets of Chinese martial arts masters for treating injuries. Whether you are a football player, a golfer or a weekend warrior, you are bound to get injured from time to time. This book will give you the tools you need for a quick and complete recovery.

For many centuries, martial artists have been studying injury management, known in China as Hit Medicine. Their wisdom and expertise, which sometimes conflicts with modern Western thinking, leads to complete recovery faster than any other system of treatment. A quick and complete recovery is important, not just to get you on your feet again, but also to to keep you healthy throughout your life. When an injury does not heal well, it can lead to problems in that area years and decades later.

A Tooth From The Tiger’s Mouth offers, for the first time in the West, a complete guide to these ancient Chinese healing techniques. The book starts with a comparison of modern medicine with traditional Chinese medicine and teaches diagnostic basics from both traditions. One example of the difference between the two is the use of ice. The Chinese say, “Ice is for dead people!” Ice causes the blood and fluids in the injured area to coagulate, causing stiffness and swelling, that can take a long time to diminish. The coagulation can also lead to adhesions, tendons and other tissues getting glued to each other. Chinese medicine offers superior alternatives for bringing down the initial swelling and inflammation.

You will also learn:

  • Therapeutic exercises for health maintenance and injury rehabilitation.
  • Herbal liniments, oils and plaster for various stages of injury.
  • Acupressure points and techniques for treating injuries.
  • Dietary advice for the healing process.
  • Unique Chinese techniques, such as momxibustion and cupping.

The section on treatment strategies includes specific chapters on ankle sprain, tendonitis, back strain, tennis elbow, sciatica, pulled hamstring, carpal tunnel syndrome, jammed finger, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tear, and many more.

This is a must have reference for anyone with an active lifestyle. In fact many injuries covered happen to people who are inactive as well, so put this valuable book on your bookshelf and use it.

A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warrior (Fireside Books (Fireside))


1 Susan Lynn Peterson 08.24.10 at 10:20 pm

I’ve looked at most of the English-language books about Chinese herbs for martial purposes. Bisio’s Tooth from a Tiger’s Mouth is hands-down the best. As a martial arts teacher, I’ve recommended it several times to students interested in Chinese herbs. I was hoping to do something similar, and hopefully of as good a quality, from a Western perspective with my Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes. Both Eastern and Western herbs offer invaluable help in reducing the time it takes to recover from common martial arts injuries.

2 Ed 08.25.10 at 7:24 am


Thanks for your comment. I’d be very interested in reading about the use of Western herbs for “hit medicine”.

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