The Foundations of Chinese Medicine - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780702052163, 9780702066320

The Foundations of Chinese Medicine

3rd Edition

A Comprehensive Text

Author: Giovanni Maciocia
eBook ISBN: 9780702066320
eBook ISBN: 9780702066313
Hardcover ISBN: 9780702052163
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 30th June 2015
Page Count: 1320

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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


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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.