Gold Mirrors and Tongue Reflections: The Cornerstone Classics of Chinese Medicine Tongue Diagnosis-The Ao Shi Shang Han Jin Jing Lu, and the Shang Han

Gold Mirrors and Tongue Reflections: The Cornerstone Classics of Chinese Medicine Tongue Diagnosis-The Ao Shi Shang Han Jin Jing Lu, and the Shang Han

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Gold Mirrors and Tongue Reflections: The Cornerstone Classics of Chinese Medicine Tongue Diagnosis-The Ao Shi Shang Han Jin Jing Lu, and the Shang Han by Ioannis Solos

Two of the major texts in the history of tongue diagnosis are presented and put into context in this volume, reaffirming the strength of tongue diagnosis as a core diagnostic method. These key texts are made available to western readers for the first time, with typical, traditional Chinese editions reproduced alongside the translation. The author provides an excellent overview of the tongue diagnosis theories in the major classics prior to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and discusses significant developments and publications. The Gold Mirror Records, first published in 1341, was a popular manual for centuries, appearing in many editions and variations. Tongue Reflections in Cold Damage, first published in 1668, developed the field of diagnosis as a whole by adopting the analysis of tongue colour as its main principle. Both texts are introduced with meticulous English translations and notes.

This seminal text will give practitioners and students of Chinese medicine a sound understanding of the theory and practice of tongue diagnosis from the early texts, and will be of interest to academic readers of classic Chinese texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848190955
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 12/15/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ioannis Solos holds a BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Middlesex University, and a Masters of Medicine in Chinese Medicine Diagnosis, from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Besides traditional diagnosis, he is a researcher on various aspects of Chinese medicine culture, internal martial arts, health preservation practices, the study of classic texts and lesser known Chinese medicine traditions. For the last decade he has resided in Beijing, China.

Table of Contents

Foreword Professor Liang Rong 7

Foreword Professor Chen Jia-xu 9

Acknowledgments 10

Part I Origins and Development of Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine 11

1 Rediscovering the Ancient Tongue Classics 13

The SARS epidemic of 2002-2003 13

Tongue diagnosis and how to approach this book 14

2 Ao Shi Shang Han Jin Jing Lu (Scholar Ao's The Gold Mirror Records in Cold Damage) and Shang Han She Jian (Tongue Reflections in Cold Damage) 17

Ao Shi Shang Han Jin Jing Lu: Scholar Ao's The Gold Mirror Records in Cold Damage 17

Shang Han She Jian: Tongue Reflections in Cold Damage 20

Presentation and translation methodology 20

3 The Important Advancements in Tongue Theory Prior to the Yuan Dynasty 22

From Tongue observation to tongue diagnosis 23

The tongue in the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor's Classic) 24

Tongue diagnosis in the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage) and Jin Gui Yao Lue (Prescriptions from the Golden Cabinet) 35

Shang Han Ming Li Lun (The Clear Rationale of Cold Damage) 38

4 Introducing Ao Shi Shang Han Jin Jing Lu (Scholar Ao's The Gold Mirror Records in Cold Damage) and Shang Han She Jian (Tongue Reflections in Cold Damage) 40

Scholar Ao's The Gold Mirror Records in Cold Damage 41

Tongue Reflections in Cold Damage 44

Part II Translation of Scholar Ao's The Gold Mirror Records in Cold Damage 46

Part III Translation of Tongue Reflections in Cold Damage 110

References and Further Reading 262

Appendix 1 Weight Standards during the Ming and Qing Dynasties 267

Appendix 2 List of Chinese Texts Referred to in Chapter 3 268

Appendix 3 A Small Collection of Introductions to The Gold Mirror Records in Cold Damage 269

Appendix 4 The Herbal Formulae in Tongue Reflections in Cold Damage 279

Appendix 5 Wang Meng-ying's Commentaries on Tongue Reflections in Cold Damage 287

Subject Index 295

Names Index 300

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