Common Laboratory Tests Used by TCM Practitioners
Release Date:21 Mar 2014

Common Laboratory Tests Used by TCM Practitioners

When to Refer Patients for Lab Tests and How to Read and Interpret the Results

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners need to have an understanding of Western medical testing to recognize when laboratory tests are required and to interpret test results that are brought to them by patients. This book is an essential reference for the TCM classroom and clinic that teaches how to use and understand conventional lab testing in the treatment and referral of patients.

Focusing on symptoms that commonly present in TCM practices, the book groups the lab tests by diseases or systems. Within each chapter are TCM case studies and perspectives, as well as multiple choice quizzes that test the reader's knowledge. Co-written by a doctor of Western medicine and an acupuncture physician, the book aims to familiarize TCM practitioners with the terminology and methodology of lab tests, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western schools of medicine and promoting an integrative approach to improve the overall care of the patient.

Doctors of TCM in China include two years of modern medical sciences as part of their training. They routinely order blood tests in the clinic to help with differential diagnosis, as well as monitoring the patient's prognosis using Chinese herbal medicine. As TCM practitioners in the West treat complicated internal disorders, it is important for them to understand conventional blood tests from other doctors, as well as order their own tests. Doctors Banerjee and Captain have written an extraordinary and thorough training manual on the use of common lab tests in a TCM practice. It is destined to become a standard text on the subject in our schools and clinics. – Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, L.Ac, author of Essential Chinese Formulas
Common Laboratory Tests Used by TCM Practitioners should be in every practitioner's office, every school library and part of acupuncture programs. The patient expects it. Society needs it. The book is arranged by disease and system. This approach is enhanced for learners with clear and pertinent background information which services the acupuncturist's needs perfectly. – William R. Morris, PhD, DOAM, President, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Austin, Texas
Partha Banerjee, MD, completed his medical training in Calcutta, India. He then moved to the US where he specialized in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Geriatrics. Formerly a professor at Wright State Medical School, he practiced medicine in Ohio for 30 years. He has received numerous awards including the “Laureate Award” by the American College of Physicians and was listed in the “Best Doctors of America” 1995 and 1998. Now in semi-retirement, he continues to instruct graduate level Western medicine at the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. Christina Captain is a nationally board-certified (NCCAOM) and state-licensed acupuncture physician in Sarasota, Florida. She is the Founder and Medical Director of The Family Healing Center, an integrative, alternative healthcare practice that incorporates traditional Western ideology with Eastern and other holistic strategies. For 11 years she was a senior faculty member at the East West College of Natural Medicine where she was also its chief administrative officer, advisory board chairperson, and author of the Doctoral program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Preface. 1. Complete Blood Count (CBC). 2. Hemoccult. 3. Kidney and Urine. 4. Electrolytes. 5. Glucose Metabolism and Diabetes Mellitus. 6. Liver Function. 7. Lipids. 8. Thyroid and Endocrinology. Practice Questions. Further Reading. Glossary.
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