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Books by Leon Hammer, M.D.

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  • CCP101(3)
  • CCP202(4)
  • CCP303(5)
  • CCP304(6)
  • CCP306(8)
  • CCP307(9)
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  • CDM301(4)
  • CDM302(5)
  • CDM305(7)
  • OMA203(4)
  • CDM305(8)
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  • CCP305(7)
  • CDM304(7)
  • CDM306(8)
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  • CDM302(5)
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  • CDM305(8)
  • CMM101(4)
  • CDM306(8)
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  • OIM302(5)
  • OIM303(6)
  • CDM306(8)

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The Triple Burner, arguably the most mysterious organ system in Chinese Medicine, is finally getting a comprehensive analysis from a master, Dr. Leon Hammer. In this text Dr. Hammer brings together decades of experience and insights from both himself as well as other authors and practitioners, drawing on his extraordinary career as a clinical psychotherapist and Chinese medicine doctor. He elucidates the role of the Triple Burner at every level, from harmonizing the integration of Heaven and Earth, to connecting the Heart and Kidney, to balancing and integrating various functions throughout the body. After reading The Triple Burner you will find yourself perceiving this glorious organ system in ways you could never have imagined before.
Chinese Pulse Diagnosis: Revised Edition offers a clear and practical path toward a much deeper understanding of traditional Pulse diagnostic method, while recasting its interpretation in the context of our own times. The book is organized in seventeen chapters, which are presented in an advancing hierarchy of complexity. The early chapters consider such general issues as terminology, classification of pulse qualities, historical comparisons of positions and depths, the effects of age and gender, and a methodology for taking the pulse. The middle chapters provide an in-depth look at each of the individual pulse qualities, identified by felt sensation based on such characteristics as rate and rhythm, stability, volume, depth, size, and shape. The types of pathology associated with each of the qualities are also discussed. Later chapters examine the significance of the qualities when found across the entire pulse, or large segments of the pulse (left or right side, across the burners), and at different depths. A final summary chapter on interpretation, supported with case histories, draws everything together to show how this information can be formulated into a rational diagnosis.
Heart Shock refers to the systemic impact that emotional and/or physical trauma has on one's physiology and psychology, interfering with one's ability to heal, and also directly attributable to a host of progressive pathology. Synthesizing the teachings of Jeffrey Yuen and the Shen-Hammer lineage and focusing heavily on psychology, Ross Rosen addresses how to identify, diagnose, and treat Heart Shock from multiple perspectives, providing a multi-faceted approach to treatment, including all the acupuncture channel systems, herbal medicine and the use of essential oils.
Nourishing Destiny, first published in 1999, has now become a classic text in the field of Chinese Medicine and is in use as a core text by schools of many traditions throughout the world. Nourishing Destiny examines Chinese medicine as a science pertaining to the evolution of consciousness. Equating health with open awareness and illness with habitual functioning, Lonny examines the Chinese notion of destiny as it applies to the practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine. The text is grounded in the Classics and extends their view into the treatment room today.
This work explicates how to achieve the core value system at the heart of Nourishing Destiny in clinical practice. All treatment paradigms are fully elaborated to allow immediate integration into the clinic. Covered in detail are the points on the 12 main channels cross referencing every character in every main and alternate point name to Weiger's etymological text and to Mathews' Chinese-English dictionary. The Worsley five-element tradition with a fresh perspective for the twenty first century is covered. Examined is the four thousand-year history of Chinese Medicine from the perspective of Spiral Dynamics, a model that yields deep insight into the evolution of consciousness.

Articles by Leon Hammer, M.D.

Article Title
Publication Title
Publication Date
Qi and Astrophysics Converge (Pt. 1)
Acupuncture Today
October 2021
Vol 21, Iss 10
Qi and Astrophysics Converge (Pt. 2)
Acupuncture Today
November 2021
Vol 22, Iss 11
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
Acupuncture Today
May 2015
Vol 16, Iss 5
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
Acupuncture Today
June 2015
Vol 16, Iss 6
Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis: A Modern Interpretation of an Ancient and Traditional Method
Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Spring 2013
The Relationship of the Kidney and Heart in Chinese Medicine – Part One
Chinese Medicine Times
Winter 2011
Vol 6, Iss 3
The Relationship of the Kidney and Heart in Chinese Medicine – Part Two
Chinese Medicine Times
Fall 2012
currently unavailable
Wang Shu-he Revisited
Chinese Medicine Times
Winter 2011
Vol 6, Iss 3
FSOMA Online Journal
Summer 2011
Case Study – Stopping Long-Term Strenuous Exercise Suddenly: An Epidemic Treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Medicine Times
Spring 2011
Vol 6, Iss 1
Science East and West
Medical Acupuncture
Vol 22, No 2
Ecology in Chinese Medicine, Part One
Chinese Medicine Times
Summer 2010
Vol 5, Iss 2
Ecology in Chinese Medicine, Part Two
Chinese Medicine Times
Winter 2010
Vol 5, Iss 3
The Liver in Chinese Medicine
Medical Acupuncture
Sept 2009
Vol 21, No 3: 173-178
A Discussion of Wang Shu He Pulse Classic – Part One
Chinese Medicine Times
Spring 2009
Vol 4, Iss 1
A Discussion of Wang Shu He Pulse Classic – Part Two
Chinese Medicine Times
Summer 2009
Vol 4, Iss 2
Integrative Medicine: The Lamb and the Lion
Acupuncture Today
April 2009
Vol 11, Iss 4
The Pulse, the Electronic Age and Radiation: Early Detection
The American Acupuncturist
Spring 2009
Vol 47
Chinese Medicine at the Crossroads
Acupuncture Today
June 2008
Vol 09, Iss 06
The Pulse & The Individual
The American Acupuncturist
Spring 2008
Vol 43
Awareness in Chinese Medicine
The American Acupuncturist
Fall 2007
Vol 41
The Concept of “Blocks”; Structure
Used with permission from the American Acupuncturist,
The American Acupuncturist
Winter 2006
Vol 38
Removing The Block
TCM World
Fall 2004
On the Matter of the Pulse
TCM World
Summer 2004
Vol 6, No 2
Chinese Medicine and Biomedicine: Looking at the Patient in Different Ways
TCM World
Spring 2004
Vol 6, No 1
Role of Chinese Medicine in the U.S.
Florida China Linkage Institute (Chinese Studies Forum)
Vol 4
Trauma and Shock in Chinese Medicine, Part 1
TCM World
Fall 2003
Vol 5, No 3
Trauma and Shock in Chinese Medicine, Part 2
TCM World
Winter 2003
Vol 5, No 4
Inflammation in Atherosclerosis
Medical Acupuncture
Vol 15, No 2
Response to Rebuttal by Leon Hammer,Rebuttal by Z’ev Rosenberg
Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Tradition and Revision
Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Vol 3, No 1
The Paradox of the Unity and Duality of the Kidneys According to Chinese Medicine
American Journal of Acupuncture
Vol 27, Nos 3 & 4
Towards a Unified Theory of Chronic Disease with Regard to the Separation of Yin and, Yang, and “The Qi is Wild”
Oriental Medical Journal
Vol 6, Nos 2 & 3
Contemporary Pulse Diagnosis: Introduction to an Evolving Method for Learning an Ancient Art — Part I
American Journal of Acupuncture
Vol 21, No 2
The Chinese Medical Model in the West- A Journey in Paradox
Chrysalis Journal of the Swedenborg Foundation
Spring 1991
Vol VI, Iss 1
The Power of Respect
published in Voices
Dueling Needles: Reflections on the Politics of Medical Models
American Journal of Acupuncture
Vol 19, No 3
The Chinese Medical Model in Thyroid Disease
American Journal of Acupuncture
Jan - March, 1982
Vol 10, No 1
Diagnosis and Acupuncture Treatment of a Chronic, Recurring Skin Disease and Septicemia Using the Chinese Medical Model
American Journal of Acupuncture
Jan 1981
No 1
The Extraordinary Acupuncture Meridians: Homeostatic Vessels
American Journal of Acupuncture
Jun 1980
Vol 8, No 2
Integrated Acupuncture Therapy For Body and Mind
American Journal of Acupuncture
Vol 8, No 2
Psychotherapy and Growth
Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Vol 10, No 3
The Unity of Medicine
The Contemporary Oriental Medicine Foundation
Dec 2015