A General Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine by Men Jiuzhang, Guo Lei

By Men Jiuzhang, Guo Lei

Confirmed via the Western Han dynasty greater than 2,000 years in the past, conventional chinese language drugs (TCM) is at the moment discovering elevated popularity. A basic creation to conventional chinese language medication explores the pondering at the back of TCM, its philosophy-based idea, and its state-of-the-art makes use of in today’s medical perform. The ebook covers:

* institution and features of TCM’s thought
* institution and improvement of TCM’s scientific system.
* easy positive factors of TCM
* TCM’s philosophical bases: primordial qi, yin-yang and 5 parts
* TCM’s clinical version, process, and architecture

Organized to make info simply available, each one bankruptcy contains:
* Goals & Requirements and Key Contents to let readers to appreciate the center and the description of the chapter
* Endnotes for readers to profit a few cultural and old info extraordinary to China
* Glossary for readers to appreciate extra particular information regarding TCM and chinese language culture

Complete with bankruptcy outlines and ancillary fabric, this rigorously designed advisor brings a time-tested perform again to the longer term.

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TCM is the science that focuses on the essence of life and the laws of human life’s change, namely, laws of human physiology, pathology, medical maintenance, and disease treatment. All of these are determined by the physical constituents of life such as qi, yin, yang, and Five Elements, though they may be invisible. First, TCM regards qi as the origin of life. It believes that the universe including human beings is of material property, for it is formed by qi. For one thing, the normality of qi keeps the human body in a healthy state, while its abnormality in quantity or motion results in pathological changes.

Although the theoretical cognition of syndrome has not yet been proposed at that time, medical treatment has been made based on syndrome differentiation in practice. In addition, Treatise on Febrile Diseases has already standardized 150 symptoms, including thirty kinds of general symptoms (such as fever, aversion to wind, sweating, spontaneous sweating, jaundice, and arthralgia of limbs), twenty kinds of head symptoms (such as headache, dizziness, bitter taste in the mouth, red eyes, and dryness of nose), ten kinds $*HQHUDO QHZ SGI  32 Chapter 3 Clinical System of TCM: Formation and Development of symptoms of four limbs (such as cold limbs, cold extremities, and spasm), sixty kinds of visceral symptoms (like restlessness, insomnia, palpitation due to fright, murmuring in an unconscious state, hiccup, vomiting, diarrhea, and dysuria), twenty kinds of symptoms of chest and abdomen (like fullness in the chest and hypochondrium, hypochondriac fullness and rigidity, abdominal pain, abdominal distention and fullness, epigastric stuffiness and pain, pain and heat in the heart, hypochondriac pain and lump), and twenty kinds of pulse conditions (such as floating pulse, sunken pulse, rapid pulse as well as knotted pulse, and slow-regular-intermittent pulse).

Guided by these doctrines, TCM developed its concept of holism (in Chapter 4), namely, for one thing, the human body is an integrated whole and one part will affect and be affected by others; for another, man and the outside world are unified in that as one part of the world, human beings have to adapt themselves to nature. In terms of holism, TCM created its special techniques in physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment, like treating external diseases with internal therapy, regulating yin and yang, and TSD.

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