Helping Ourselves is a beginners guide to nutrition according to the principles of Chinese Medicine. It is a user friendly practical guide, ideally suited to practitioners, students and clients of Chinese medicine as well as those interested more generally in nutrition. The book contains simple one page explanations of each basic diagnostic pattern and the foods that will assist its healing. Helping Ourselves includes charts listing the properties of about 300 common foods and 150 western herbs. It also includes a section on diagnosis. This popular reference manual can also be used as the companion volume to its sequel, Recipes for Self Healing.