The Psyche in Chinese Medicine

Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disharmonies with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

By

  • Giovanni Maciocia, CAc(Nanjing), Acupuncturist and Medical Herbalist, UK; Visiting Professor, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, People's Republic of China.

THE PSYCHE IN CHINESE MEDICINE comprehensively discusses the treatment of mental-emotional disorders with both acupuncture and herbal medicine. Suitable for practitioners and students of Chinese medicine it discusses first the aetiology, pathology and diagnosis of mental disorders. It explores the nature of the Mind (Shen), Ethereal Soul (Hun), Corporeal Soul (Po), Intellect (Yi) and Will-Power (Zhi) and then presents the diagnosis and treatment of the most common psychological disorders with both acupuncture and Chinese herbs in detail. Specific chapters focus on the treatment of common conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, bipolar disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Each condition is illustrated with case histories from the author’s 35 years-long practice.
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Book information

  • Published: July 2009
  • Imprint: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-2988-2


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The psyche in Chinese medicine

Chapter 2. The nature of the Mind (Shen) in Chinese medicine

Chapter 3. The Ethereal Soul (Hun)

Chapter 4. The Corporeal Soul (Po)

Chapter 5. The Intellect (Yi)

Chapter 6. The Will-Power (Zhi)

Chapter 7 . The Gui

Chapter 8. The12 Internal Organs and the Psyche

Chapter 9. The emotions

Chapter 10. Aetiology of mental-emotional problems

Chapter 11. Diagnosis of mental-emotional problems

Chapter 12. Patterns in mental-emotional problems and their treatment with herbal medicine and acupuncture

Chapter 13. Acupuncture in the treatment of mental-emotional problems

Chapter 14. Emotions and concept of self in Western philosophy

Chapter 15. The influence of Confucianism on the Chinese view of the Mind and Spirit

Chapter 16. Depression

Chapter 17. Anxiety

Chapter 18 Insomnia

Chapter 19. Bipolar disorder

Chapter 20. Night Terrors

Chapter 21. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Chapter 22. Epilogue: the role of Chinese medicine in disorders of the psyche

Appendix 1. Herbal prescriptions

Appendix 2. Suggested substitutions for problematic Chinese herbs

Appendix 3. The Classics of Chinese medicine

Appendix 4. Terminology of treatment principles