The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: Second Edition

The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: Second Edition

Giovanni Maciocia

This successful Chinese medicine textbook covers the 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 a Western practice context. The new edition features new and updated material, including discussion of 50 additional acupuncture points and more patterns. A redesigned layout complements the accessible writing style and makes the material even easier to follow. Plus, an accompanying CD-ROM contains over 750 self-testing questions in a variety of formats.


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Ever since the first edition of The Foundations of Chinese Medicine was published in 1989, it has been the ‘industry standard’ textbook for the theory of Chinese medicine, translated into numerous languages and used as a core text in just about every non-Asian school of Chinese medicine. It is probably also the single best-selling text ever on Chinese medicine outside Asia.
Building on this solid foundation, this second edition is bigger and better in every way, though some students might groan at the tendency of Chinese medicine texts to get heavier and heavier. It is substantially expanded, thoroughly revised and peppered with numerous illustrations, diagrams, boxes for key information and case examples.
Specifically, expanded sections include: discussion of the functions and nature of the Pericardium and Triple Burner; the external pathogenic factors as both causes of disease and patterns presenting in disease; diagnosis (now nearly 100 pages); two new chapters on pathology (full and empty conditions, yin-yang imbalance, and the pathology of the qi mechanism); a thorough revision of differentiation of patterns of the zangfu with a clearer distinction between yin deficiency and empty heat patterns; the addition of herbal formulas to the treatment options for zangfu disharmony patterns; patterns according to the four levels, six stages and the three burners; the functions and application of the eight extraordinary vessels; a discussion of more categories of points including points of the eye system; the functions of the points, now with added indications and some points not discussed in the first edition; discussion of the principles of combining acupuncture points; more discussion of the five spiritual aspects; the addition of pinyin equivalents to technical terms; clear learning outcomes at the end of many chapters to assist students in absorbing the material presented.
In addition a CD-ROM that comes with the book includes 750 self-testing questions and 65 surface anatomy images.
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


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


AuthorGiovanni Maciocia
PublisherChurchill Livingstone
Number Of Pages1236
Book FormatHardback

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