Who Can Ride the Dragon?: An Exploration of the Cultural Roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Paradigm Publications
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Dec 31, 1999
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Chinese medicine is a healing art that has survived and continues to thrive in East Asia and is increasingly becoming a global resource. The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic English language introductory text that explains how medicine so rooted the archaic past can be relevant to modern health care. The book demystifies the worldview of Chinese medicine. Yin and yang, dampness and wind are easily comprehended. The Web lets the reader see, feel and discover aspects of illness that modern biomedicine overlooks or cannot even understand. The use of acupuncture and herbal medicine to regain harmony and balance is explained. The book is both accessible and scholarly and also incorporates the viewpoint of modern science. For students, scholars, health care providers and the general public, The Web has earned its place as the foremost authority synthesizing Western and Eastern approaches to healing. This revised second edition is the product of years of further reflection on ancient Chinese sources and active involvement in cutting-edge scientific research. Chapter include: 1. Medicine East and West: Two Ways of Seeing, Two Ways of Thinking / and the landscape patterns of nature and humans. 2. The Fundamental Textures: Qi, Blood, Essence, Spirit, and Fluids/ or the basic ingredients of human life. 3. The Organs of the Body: The Harmonious Landscape/ and on anatomy and its absence. 4.The Meridians: The Warp and Woof/and on acupuncture and herbology. 5. Origins of Disharmony: Stormy Weather/or when a cause is not a cause. 6. The Four Examinations: Signs and Symptoms/ and Aristotle and Lao Tzu revisited. 7. The Eight Principal Patterns: The Faces of Yin and Yang/ the patterns' basic texture and composition. 8. The Patterns of the Human Landscape//the details of the clinical scene. 9. Chinese Medicine as an Art/ or on the Penetrating Dvine Illumination. 10. The Web That Has No Weaver--and Mount Sina/ or on the location of truth.
This highly successful textbook covers the basic 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 the context of Western clinical practice. The new edition features new and updated material plus an accompanying website containing over 650 self-testing questions in a variety of formats.25th Anniversary edition of the Western world’s best-selling book on Chinese medicine!

Logical, sequential organization builds from basic theoretical concepts, through functions of individual organs, diagnosis, pathology, pattern recognition & disease categories, and the appropriate use of acupuncture points

Clearly explains the theory and practice of Chinese Medicine to Western medical audiences

Based on a unique and invaluable combination of extensive clinical experience in the West, current Chinese Medicine textbooks and ancient sources, in particular, the ‘Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’ (Nei Jing) and the ‘Classic of Difficulties’ (Nan Jing)

Includes Pinyin equivalents to make it immediately evident which original term is being translated

Abundantly illustrated with over 750 line drawings and more than 1000 tables & boxes designed to emphasize the key facts

End of chapter Learning Outcomes point out ‘must-know’ information

A helpful colour-plate section provides valuable information for diagnosis

Cases Studies

and Case Histories apply theory to diagnosis and treatment, bringing the subject to life in a realistic context

An extensive Glossary explains new terms and their origins from translation

Additional Appendices list Prescriptions, Bibliography and Chinese Chronology

Authored by Giovanni Maciocia, one of the Western world's leading subject matter experts

An accompanying EVOLVE website provides over 650 self-testing questions and answers to help readers check their understanding of frequently complex information

New Case Histories help ‘bring the subject to life’

Expanded subject area coverage including new clinical guidelines and additional acupuncture point combinations

Contains further analysis of acupuncture point actions

Innovative guidelines aid students learning Chinese Medicine patterns

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