Foundations of Theory for Ancient Chinese Medicine
Release Date:21 Jun 2015

Foundations of Theory for Ancient Chinese Medicine

Shang Han Lun and Contemporary Medical Texts

By Guohui Liu; Foreword by Charles Buck
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon

Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun) and contemporary texts of ancient China form the bedrock of modern Chinese medicine practice, yet these classic texts contain many concepts that are either hard to understand or confusing. Based on over thirty years' medical practice, and study of the texts, this book explains the concepts involved so that the clinical applications of the ancient texts can be better understood and put into practice. The author looks at the larger context of ancient Chinese culture and philosophy in terms of theoretical knowledge, scholarly approach, and mindset in order to explain the basis for the medical texts. He also discusses the work of later Chinese medical scholars in elucidating the texts. He then goes on to look at more specific issues, such as the six conformations, zang-fu organ theory, the theory of qi and blood, the theory of qi transformation, and how these are understood in the ancient texts. He also discusses shao yang and tai yang theory; the element of time, and its place in understanding six conformations diseases.

This remarkable work of scholarship will clarify many questions about the interpretation of the ancient texts for modern use, and will find a place on the bookshelf of every practitioner of Chinese medicine, as well as on those of scholars of Chinese medicine.

Guohiu Liu has been studying and practising Chinese medicine for over thirty years. He gained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where, in 1994, he later became Associate Professor. Dr. Liu currently serves on the faculty of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He runs workshops across Europe and the United States on various aspects of Chinese medicine and has written numerous books and articles in Chinese about medicine and the classic texts, including Warm Pathogen Diseases. Dr. Liu is the author of Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun): Commentaries and Clinical Applications, also published by Singing Dragon. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he maintains a private practice.
Foreword. Preface. 1. Concept of Shang Han. 2. Brief Introduction for Zhang Ji and His Works. 3. Explore Culture Background for Writing Discussion of Cold Damage. 4. School of Cold Damage and School of Studying Discussion of Cold Damage. 5. Six Conformations, Six Conformations Diseases and Six Conformations Differentiation. 6. The Theory of Qi Transformation in Six Conformations in Discussion of Cold Damage. 7. Half Exterior and Half Interior, Harmony and Shao Yang. 8. The Nutritive Qi, Defensive Qi, Tai Yang Qi and Their Treatments. 9. The Exploration of the Resolving Time for Diseases in Six Conformations. Bibliography. Appendix 1. Chinese Dynasties and Historical Periods. Appendix 2. Table of Authors. Index.
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