The Foundations of Chinese Medicine

The Foundations of Chinese Medicine

A Comprehensive Text

3rd Edition - May 11, 2015

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  • Author: Giovanni Maciocia
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702066313
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780702052163

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This highly successful textbook covers the basic theory of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and discusses in detail the use of acupuncture points and the principles of treatment. The material is based on rigorous reference to ancient and modern Chinese texts, and explains the application of theory in the context of Western clinical practice. The new edition features new and updated material plus an accompanying website containing over 650 self-testing questions in a variety of formats.  "For the student or practitioner of Chinese medicine this is a definitive text book." Reviewed by Jim Young on behalf of, Aug 2015

Key Features

  • 25th Anniversary edition of the Western world’s best-selling book on Chinese medicine!
  • Logical, sequential organization builds from basic theoretical concepts, through functions of individual organs, diagnosis, pathology, pattern recognition & disease categories, and the appropriate use of acupuncture points
  • Clearly explains the theory and practice of Chinese Medicine to Western medical audiences
  • Based on a unique and invaluable combination of extensive clinical experience in the West, current Chinese Medicine textbooks and ancient sources, in particular, the ‘Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’ (Nei Jing) and the ‘Classic of Difficulties’ (Nan Jing)
  • Includes Pinyin equivalents to make it immediately evident which original term is being translated
  • Abundantly illustrated with over 750 line drawings and more than 1000 tables & boxes designed to emphasize the key facts
  • End of chapter Learning Outcomes point out ‘must-know’ information
  • Cases Studies and Case Histories apply theory to diagnosis and treatment, bringing the subject to life in a realistic context
  • An extensive Glossary explains new terms and their origins from translation
  • Additional Appendices list Prescriptions, Bibliography and Chinese Chronology
  • Authored by Giovanni Maciocia, one of the Western world's leading subject matter experts

Table of Contents

  • 1 Yin – Yang

    2 The Five Elements

    3 The Vital Substances

    4 The Transformation of Qi

    5 The Functions of the Internal Organs

    6 The Functions of the Heart

    7 The Functions of the Liver

    8 The Functions of the Lungs

    9 The Functions of the Spleen

    10 The Functions of the Kidneys

    11 The Functions of the Pericardium

    12 Yin Organ Interrelationships

    13 The Functions of the Stomach

    14 The Functions of the Small Intestine

    15 The Functions of the Large Intestine

    16 Functions of the Gall Bladder

    17 The Functions of the Bladder

    18 The Functions of the Triple Burner

    19 The Functions of the Six Extraordinary Yang Organs (The Four Seas)

    20 Internal Causes of Disease

    21 External Causes of Disease

    22 Miscellaneous Causes of Disease

    23 Diagnosis by Observation

    24 Diagnosis by Interrogation

    25 Diagnosis by Palpation

    26 Diagnosis by Hearing and Smelling

    27 The Pathology of Full and Empty Conditions

    28 The Pathology of Yin-Yang Imbalance

    29 Pathology of the Qi Mechanism

    30 Identification of Patterns According to the Eight Principles

    31 Identification of Patterns According to Qi-Blood-Body Fluids

    32 Heart Patterns

    33 Pericardium Patterns

    34 Liver Patterns

    35 Lung Patterns

    36 Spleen Patterns

    37 Kidney Patterns

    38 Stomach Patterns

    39 Small Intestine Patterns

    40 Large Intestine Patterns

    41 Gall-Bladder Patterns

    42 Bladder Patterns

    43 Identification of Patterns According to Pathogenic Factors

    44 Identification of Patterns According to the Six Stages

    45 Identification of Patterns According to the Four Levels

    46 Identification of Patterns According to the Three Burners

    47 Identification of Patterns According to the 12 Channels

    48 Identification of Patterns to the Eight Extraordinary Vessels

    49 Identification of Patterns According to the Five Elements

    50 The Five Transporting Points (Shu Points)

    51 The Functions of Specific Categories of Points

    52 The 8 Extraordinary Vessels: Introduction

    53 The 8 Extraordinary Vessels

    54 Lung Channel

    55 Large Intestine Channel

    56 Stomach Channel

    57 Spleen Channel

    58 Heart Channel

    59 Small Intestine Channel

    60 Bladder Channel

    61 Kidney Channel

    62 Pericardium Channel

    63 Triple Burner Channel

    64 Gall-Bladder Channel

    65 Liver Channel

    66 Directing Vessel (Ren Mai)

    67 Governing Vessel

    68 Extra Points

    69 Principles of Treatment

    70 Principles of Combination Points

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Churchill Livingstone 2015
  • Published: May 11, 2015
  • Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702066313
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780702052163

About the Author

Giovanni Maciocia

Giovanni Maciocia is one of the most highly-regarded and respected authors and lecturers in the West. He is Visiting Associate Professor at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has many years of experience in teaching and practice. Giovanni trained initially in the UK and then in China, learned Chinese to be able to study from original Chinese texts, and was one of the first practitioners and authors to introduce Chinese medicine in a clear and accessible way to a Western student audience.

Giovanni Maciocia has written other best-selling books under the Elsevier Churchill Livingstone imprint - The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 2e (ISBN 978-0443074905), Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide, 1e (ISBN 9780443064487), The Channels of Acupuncture: Clinical Use of the Secondary Channels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels, 1e (ISBN 9780443074912), The Psyche in Chinese Medicine: Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disharmonies with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 1e (ISBN 9780702029882), and Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, 2e (ISBN 9780443104220).

Affiliations and Expertise

Acupuncturist and Medical Herbalist, UK; Visiting Professor, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, People's Republic of China.

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