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The Foundations of Chinese Medicine


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Part 1: General Theory. Introduction. Yin-Yang..The 5 Elements. The Vital Substances. The Transformation Of Qi. Part 2: The Functions Of The Internal Organs. Introduction. Section 1: Functions Of The Yin Organs. Introduction. Functions Of The Heart. Functions Of The Liver. Functions Of The Lungs. Functions Of The Spleen. Functions Of The Kidneys. Functions Of The Pericardium. Yin Organ Interrelationships. Section 2: Functions Of The Yang Organs Introduction. Functions Of The Stomach. Functions Of The Small Intestine. Functions Of The Large Intestine. Functions Of The Gall Bladder. Functions Of The Bladder. Functions Of The Triple Burner. Section 3: Functions Of The 6 Extraordinary Yang Organs. Introduction. The Uterus - Brain - Marrow - Bones - Blood Vessels - Gall Bladder. Part 3: The Causes Of Disease. Introduction. Internal Causes Of Disease. External Causes Of Disease. Miscellaneous Causes Of Disease. Part 4: Diagnosis. Introduction. Diagnosis By Observation. Diagnosis By Interrogation. Diagnosis By Palpation. Diagnosis By Hearing And Smelling. Part 5: Pathology. Introduction. The Pathology Of Full And Empty Conditions. The Pathology Of Yin-Yang Imbalance. Pathology Of Qi Mechanism. Part 6: Identification Of Patterns. Introduction. Section 1: Identification Of Patterns According To The 8 Principles And Qi-Blood-Body Fluids. Identification Of Patterns According To The 8 Principles. Identification Of Patterns According To Qi-Blood-Body Fluids. Section 2: Identification Of Patterns According To The Internal Organs. Introduction To Section 2. Heart Patterns. Pericardium Patterns. Liver Patterns Lung Patterns. Spleen Patterns. Kidney Patterns. Stomach Patterns. Small Intestine Patterns. Large Intestine Patterns. Gall-Bladder Patterns. Bladder Patterns. Section 3: Identification Of Patterns According To Pathogenic Factors Identification Of Patterns According To Pathogenic Factors. Identification Of Patterns According To The 6 Stages. Identification Of Patterns According To The 4 Levels. Identification Of Patterns According To 3 Burners. Section 4: Identification Of Patterns According To The 12 Channels, 8 Extraordinary Vessels And The 5 Elements Identification Of Patterns According To The 12 Channels. Identification Of Patterns According To The 8 Extraordinary Vessels. Identification Of Patterns According To The 5 Elements. Part 7: The Acupuncture Points. Section 1: Categories Of Points. The Five Transporting Points. Other Categories Of Points. The Extraordinary Vessels. Section 2: The Function Of The Points. Introduction. Lung Channel. Large Intestine Channel. Stomach Channel. Spleen Channel. Heart Channel. Small Intestine Channel. Bladder Channel. Kidney Channel. Pericardium Channel. Triple Burner Channel. Gall-Bladder Channel. Liver Channel. Directing Vessel. Governing Vessel. Extra Points. Part 8: Principles Of Treatment. Principles And Strategies Of Treatment. Principles Of Combination Of Points. Prescriptions. Glossary Of Chinese Terms. Bibliography. Appendix 1: Dynasties Of China

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Giovanni Maciocia est un des praticiens et professeurs les plus respectes dans le domaine de la medecine chinoise. Il a pratique l?acupuncture pendant plus de trente ans en Angleterre et a effectue plusieurs sejours d?etude en Chine, notamment a l?universite de Nanjing dont il est devenu Professeur Honoraire. Ses ouvrages, de renommee internationale, sont traduits dans plusieurs langues. Il travaille actuellement aux Etats-Unis et anime de nombreux seminaires dans le monde entier.


'This version remedies some of the shortcomings of the first edition and is now as near a complete exposition of Chinese medicine theory as could be presented in a single text. It is unlikely to be supplanted for years to come, if ever, and with Giovanni's similarly seminal textbooks on clinical practice, diagnostics, gynaecology and obstetrics and tongue diagnosis, forms the bedrock for all practitioners of Chinese medicine in the West.'

Peter Deadman The text is beautifully presented in two colours. A large number of clear illustrations and text boxes highlight the important points and aid readability. Learning outcomes are summarised at the end of each chapter. This is a well designed and easy to read textbook, which sources mainly from the classic Chinese medicine texts, including both ancient literature and modern books. It benefits from the author's rich experience in clinical practice in the West and his training in China. An in-depth understanding of the principles and theories of TCM enables the author to explain this complicated ancient healing system in a way that is understandable to Western students.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in studying TCM systematically, particulary those intending to develop a career in acupuncture. R Guo, Exeter, UK

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