Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the most renowned and most controversial scientific achievements of ancient Chinese civilisation. Although Western medicine is often the basic method used to deal with medical problems, the techniques developed in traditional Chinese medicine still play an important part in protecting the health of the Chinese people and are practised throughout the world. Liao Yuqun provides a comprehensive, illustrated introduction to the history and theory of traditional Chinese medicine, exploring classical medical texts, diagnostic methods, the use of medical herbs and techniques such as acupuncture.
About the Author
Liao Yuqun is a researcher and director of the Institute for the History of Natural Science at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and vice-president of the Chinese Society of the History of Science and Technology. He has published widely on the history of Chinese medicine and classical Chinese medical texts.
Table of ContentsForeword; 1. Approach to traditional Chinese medicine; 2. The classics of TCM; 3. Basic theory of TCM; 4. Internal and external therapies of TCM; 5. Knowledge of Materia Medica; 6. Famous doctors in history; 7. TCM and life cultivation; 8. Inheritance and development of modern TCM; Appendix: chronological table of the Chinese dynasties.