The Psyche in Chinese Medicine

1st Edition

Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disharmonies with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs


  • Giovanni Maciocia
  • Key Features

    • Comprehensive discussion of the nature of the Shen, Hun, Po, Yi and Zhi in Chinese medicine
    • The first detailed description of the nature and functions of the Hun (Ethereal Soul) and how that relates to conditions such as depression, bipolar disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • An entire chapter dedicated to the functions of acupuncture points in the treatment of mental-emotional disorders
    • Case studies that offer realistic insights and understanding to the range of diagnostic and treatment choices the practitioner can make
    • Attractive 2-colour page layout gives easy access and navigation around the text

    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


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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).