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1st Edition

A General Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Edited By

Men Jiuzhang


Guo Lei

ISBN 9781420090444
Published November 12, 2009 by Routledge
136 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Established by the Western Han dynasty more than 2,000 years ago, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is currently finding increased acceptance. A General Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine explores the thinking behind TCM, its philosophy-based theory, and its cutting-edge uses in today’s clinical practice. The book covers:

  • Establishment and characteristics of TCM’s theory
  • Establishment and development of TCM’s clinical system.
  • Basic features of TCM
  • TCM’s philosophical bases: primordial qi, yin-yang and Five Elements
  • TCM’s medical model, method, and architecture

Organized to make information easily accessible, each chapter contains:

  • Goals & Requirements and Key Contents to enable readers to understand the core and the outline of the chapter
  • Endnotes for readers to learn some cultural and historical information peculiar to China
  • Glossary for readers to understand more specific information about TCM and Chinese culture

Complete with chapter outlines and ancillary material, this carefully designed guide brings a time-tested practice back to the future.

Table of Contents


Establishment and Development of TCM's Academic System

Great Historical Achievements of Early TCM

Basic Theoretical Views of TCM

Theoretical System of TCM: Formation and Characters

The Formation of the Theoretical System of TCM

The Disciplinary Properties of TCM

Clinical System of TCM: Formation and Development

Accumulation of Clinical Experiences

Exploration of Disease's Cause and Law

Preliminary Establishment of TSD

Accumulation of Therapeutic Experiences

Theory Inheritance and Practice Standardization

Complete Summary of Clinical Experiences and the Perfection of TSD Model

Basic Features of TCM

The Concept of Holism

Treatment Based on Syndrome Differentiation

Philosophical Foundation of TCM

The Theory of Primordial Qi

The Theory of Yin-yang

The Theory of Five Elements

Interrelationships among Theories of Primordial Qi, Yin-yang and Five Elements

Model, Method and Architecture of TCM

The Model of TCM

The Method of TCM

The Architecture of TCM

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