Foundations of Theory for Ancient Chinese Medicine
Shang Han Lun and Contemporary Medical Texts
- ISBN: 9781848192621
- 2015, 280 pages
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Foundations of Theory for Ancient Chinese Medicine is a discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun). This book includes contemporary texts of ancient China form the bedrock of modern Chinese medicine practice, yet these classic texts contain many concepts that are either hard to understand or confusing. Guohui Liu explains over thirty years’ medical practice, and study of the texts. The author explains the concepts so that the clinical applications of the ancient texts can be better understood and put into practice. He looks at the larger context of ancient Chinese culture and philosophy in terms of theoretical knowledge, scholarly approach, and mindset in order to explain the basis for the medical texts. Guohui Liu also discusses the work of later Chinese medical scholars in elucidating the texts. He also goes on to look at more specific issues, such as the six conformations, zang-fu organ theory, the theory of qi and blood, the theory of qi transformation, and how these are understood in the ancient texts. Also the shao yang and tai yang theory are discussed. The element of time, and its place in understanding six conformations diseases. This remarkable work of scholarship will clarify many questions about the interpretation of the ancient texts for modern use, and will find a place on the bookshelf of every practitioner of Chinese medicine, as well as on those of scholars of Chinese medicine.