Adventures in Chinese Medicine is the new book by Jennifer Dubowsky L.A.c, a book on Chinese Medicine, geared towards those patients who want to learn more about the medicine, without having to spend years in acupuncture school.
Dubowsky is originally from Evanston, Illinois and went to Southwest Acupuncture College. After finishing acupuncture school, she returned to Chicago and has practiced there since 2002.
I asked her to share a little bit more about her book. Dubowsky says, “I wanted to share my passion for this work so, my intention for Adventures in Chinese Medicine is to convey the essential ideas and describe some of the well known techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine in friendly language illustrated with charts, photographs, cartoons, and diagrams.”
“Adventures in Chinese Medicine explains common treatments and the history behind them, such as: Acupuncture; Cupping; Moxabustion; and Herbal Medicine. There are also sections that describe unique concepts that are fundamental to Chinese Medicine – Yin and Yang, Qi, meridians, and the five elements. I believe that all people will be able to relate to the discussion of these ideas.
“My target audiences are those who are curious and want to learn more about the practices and philosophy of Chinese Medicine; practitioners who want to educate their patients; and certainly for patients who already love their treatments and want to understand more about how they work.”
While there are few really good books for lay people on acupuncture, as the profession gains traction, there are more books coming out. I asked Dubowsky what made her book unique.
She says, “My book is unique because I made sure that it is enjoyable (as well as informative) and people will be able to connect to the concepts. Adventures is also visually inviting and beautiful. I worked very hard to create a reader-friendly book and I think having a super girl of Chinese Medicine makes it even more cool and fun for the reader.”
The cover stands out, with it’s acupuncture “super girl” jumping towards the reader from the cover, creating interest from the moment it’s viewed on the shelf. Dubowsky didn’t actually do the drawings. Instead she conveyed the sort of look she wanted to an illustrator who did the actual drawing for her. She did do the charts and tables and her mother drew a couple of the diagrams.
Writing a book for lay people means really listening to patients. I asked if Dubowsky had any advice for people explaining the medicine to their patients. Her biggest advice is to “listen, listen, listen” to what the patient is asking and then explain as simply and as clearly as possible.
For those who want a taste of Dubowsky’s style, she writes at Acupuncture Blog Chicago on a regular basis. Talking about her blog, Dubowsky says, “My blog is intended for anyone interested in learning more about Chinese Medicine and good health. As in my book, I try to maintain a writing style that is friendly and approachable.” Dubowsky has been writing her blog since 2008.
I asked Dubowsky how much work writing the book was. She said, “From conception to publication, this took over two years to finish with writing and re-writing.” She does plan to write some more books but first she feels like she needs a break. Her patients were often involved in the process and were very supportive. Dubowsky says she asked patients for reactions to the cartoons and the topics she covered.
Dubowsky says, “Adventures in Chinese Medicine has been a labor of love, and I hope it is received as such. I think it is truly a one of a kind book, that many people will enjoy and get something from it.”