The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Text / Edition 2

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This new edition covers the theory of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture and discusses in detail the function of the acupuncture points and the principles of treatment. Based on rigorous reference to ancient and modern Chinese texts this book explains the application of theory in a Western practice context.
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Editorial Reviews

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'This version remedies some of the shortcomings of the first edition and is now as near a complete exposition of Chinese medicine theory as could be presented in a single text. It is unlikely to be supplanted for years to come, if ever, and with Giovanni's similarly seminal textbooks on clinical practice, diagnostics, gynaecology and obstetrics and tongue diagnosis, forms the bedrock for all practitioners of Chinese medicine in the West.'

Peter Deadman

"The text is beautifully presented in two colours. A large number of clear illustrations and text boxes highlight the important points and aid readability. Learning outcomes are summarised at the end of each chapter. This is a well designed and easy to read textbook, which sources mainly from the classic Chinese medicine texts, including both ancient literature and modern books. It benefits from the author's rich experience in clinical practice in the West and his training in China. An in-depth understanding of the principles and theories of TCM enables the author to explain this complicated ancient healing system in a way that is understandable to Western students.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in studying TCM systematically, particulary those intending to develop a career in acupuncture." R Guo, Exeter, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443074899
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/13/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1236
  • Sales rank: 244,335
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Giovanni Maciocia is one of the most highly-regarded and respected authors and lecturers in the West. He is Visiting Associate Professor at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has many years of experience in teaching and practice. Giovanni trained initially in the UK and then in China, learned Chinese to be able to study from original Chinese texts, and was one of the first practitioners and authors to introduce Chinese medicine in a clear and accessible way to a Western student audience.
Giovanni Maciocia has written other best-selling books under the Elsevier Churchill Livingstone imprint - The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 2e (ISBN 978-0443074905), Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide, 1e (ISBN 9780443064487), The Channels of Acupuncture: Clinical Use of the Secondary Channels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels, 1e (ISBN 9780443074912), The Psyche in Chinese Medicine: Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disharmonies with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 1e (ISBN 9780702029882), and Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, 2e (ISBN 9780443104220).
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 General theory 1
Ch. 1 Yin-Yang 3
Ch. 2 The five elements 19
Ch. 3 The vital substances 41
Ch. 4 The transformation of QI 75
Pt. 2 The functions of the internal organs 93
Sect. 1 The functions of the yin organs 95
Ch. 5 The functions of the internal organs 97
Ch. 6 The functions of the heart 107
Ch. 7 The functions of the liver 117
Ch. 8 The functions of the lungs 129
Ch. 9 The functions of the spleen 143
Ch. 10 The functions of the kidneys 153
Ch. 11 The functions of the pericardium 165
Ch. 12 Yin organ interrelationships 171
Sect. 2 The functions of the yang organs 183
Ch. 13 The functions of the stomach 185
Ch. 14 The functions of the small intestine 191
Ch. 15 The functions of the large intestine 195
Ch. 16 The functions of the gall bladder 199
Ch. 17 The functions of the bladder 205
Ch. 18 The functions of the triple burner 209
Sect. 3 The functions of the six extraordinary yang organs 223
Ch. 19 The functions of the six extraordinary yang organs (the four seas) 225
Pt. 3 The causes of disease 237
Ch. 20 Internal causes of disease 241
Ch. 21 External causes of disease 255
Ch. 22 Miscellaneous cases of disease 267
Pt. 4 Diagnosis 285
Ch. 23 Diagnosis by observation 287
Ch. 24 Diagnosis by interrogation 317
Ch. 25 Diagnosis by palpation 353
Ch. 26 Diagnosis by hearing and smelling 377
Pt. 5 Pathology 381
Ch. 27 The pathology of full and empty conditions 383
Ch. 28 The pathology of Yin-Yang imbalance 397
Ch. 29 The pathology of the QI mechanism 403
Pt. 6 Identification of patterns 417
Sect. 1 Identification of patterns according to the eight principles and QI-blood-body fluids 425
Ch. 30 Identification of patterns according to the eight principles 427
Ch. 31 Identification of patterns according to QI-blood-body fluids 445
Sect. 2 Identification of patterns according to the internal organs 457
Ch. 32 Heart patterns 463
Ch. 33 Pericardium patterns 487
Ch. 34 Liver patterns 501
Ch. 35 Lung patterns 543
Ch. 36 Spleen patterns 567
Ch. 37 Kidney patterns 587
Ch. 38 Stomach patterns 615
Ch. 39 Small intestine patterns 637
Ch. 40 Large intestine patterns 647
Ch. 41 Gall bladder patterns 661
Ch. 42 Bladder patterns 671
Sect. 3 Identification of patterns according to pathogenic factors, six stages, four levels and three burners 679
Ch. 43 Identification of patterns according to pathogenic factors 681
Ch. 44 Identification of patterns according to the six stages 709
Ch. 45 Identification of patterns according to the four levels 721
Ch. 46 Identification of patterns according to the three burners 743
Sect. 4 Identification of patterns according to the 12 channels, eight extraordinary vessels and the five elements 749
Ch. 47 Identification of patterns according to the 12 channels 751
Ch. 48 Identification of patterns according to the eight extraordinary vessels 763
Ch. 49 Identification of patterns according to the five elements 775
Pt. 7 The acupuncture points 779
Sect. 1 Categories of points 779
Ch. 50 The five transporting points (shu points) 783
Ch. 51 The functions of specific categories of points 799
Ch. 52 The extraordinary vessels - introduction 819
Ch. 53 The eight extraordinary vessels 839
Sect. 2 The functions of the points 889
Ch. 54 Lung channel 895
Ch. 55 Large intestine channel 907
Ch. 56 Stomach channel 919
Ch. 57 Spleen channels 939
Ch. 58 Heart channel 951
Ch. 59 Small intestine channel 959
Ch. 60 Bladder channel 971
Ch. 61 Kidney channel 1005
Ch. 62 Pericardium channel 1021
Ch. 63 Triple burner channel 1029
Ch. 64 Gall bladder channel 1041
Ch. 65 Liver channel 1061
Ch. 66 Directing vessel Ren Mai 1071
Ch. 67 Governing vessel 1089
Ch. 68 Extra points 1101
Pt. 8 Principles of treatment 1113
Ch. 69 Principles and strategies of treatment 1115
Ch. 70 Principles of combination of points 1133
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