The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

practice-of-chinese-medicineThe 2nd edition of The Practice of Chinese Medicine describes the application of traditional Chinese medical theory to the diagnosis and treatment of 48 diseases, conditions and disorders. In addition to the existing 34 covered in the first edition, 14 new conditions and symptoms have been added, and these include common, chronic, and acute conditions which clinicians may see in their practice. Each chapter contains aetiology and pathology; differential diagnosis according to TCM; selection of treatments with acupuncture and herbs, with explanation of choices; case studies for illustration; summary of Western differential diagnosis; and discussion of prognosis and prevention. This book brings the enormous wealth of the author’s experience, and his insights in applying TCM medicine to a Western context, to the support of all clinicians whatever their own range of experiences.

For each disease, the discussion includes aetiology, pathology, identification of patterns, treatment of each pattern with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, prognosis, and the Western medical differential diagnosis linking Western and Chinese symptomatology. A particular feature of the book is a lengthy appendix discussing the principles of combination of points in a detailed and innovative way. The original chapter on mental-emotional problems has been expanded into four new ones and depression and anxiety are discussed. The chapters on mental emotional problems discuss the nature and clinical application of Shen, Hun, Po, Yi and Zhi in detail.

The diseases discussed are:
  1. Headaches
  2. Dizziness
  3. Breathlessness (Chuan)
  4. Wheezing (Xiao)
  5. Allergic asthma and atopic eczema
  6. Allergic rhinitis
  7. Sinusitis (nasal polyps)
  8. Cough
  9. Depression
  10. Anxiety
  11. Insomnia
  12. Tinnitus
  13. Goitre (with hypo- and hyper-thyroidism)
  14. Hypertension
  15. Tiredness
  16. Chest Painful Obstruction Syndrome
  17. Epigastric pain
  18. Nausea and vomiting
  19. Gastro-oesophageal reflux
  20. Mouth ulcers
  21. Hypochondrial pain
  22. Abdominal pain
  23. Abdominal masses
  24. Diarrhoea
  25. Constipation
  26. Urinary syndrome
  27. Enuresis and incontinence
  28. Urinary retention
  29. Interstitial cystitis
  30. Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  31. Prostatitis and prostatodynia
  32. Oedema (nephritis)
  33. Painful Obstruction Syndrome
  34. Lower backache and sciatica
  35. Fibromyalgia
  36. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  37. Parkinson’s disease
  38. Wind-stroke
  39. Atrophy Syndrome
  40. Multiple Sclerosis
  41. Bleeding
  42. Erectile dysfunction
  43. Common cold and influenza
Thirteen new diseases are discussed in the second edition:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Goitre (with hypo- and hyper-thyroidism)
  • Hypertension
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Urinary retention
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Prostatitis
  • Erectile dysfunction
Particular features of the book are:
  • The diagnosis and treatment of modern diseases such as allergic asthma/eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension and MS
  • Detailed discussion of prognosis and prevention of most diseases
  • Over 150 case histories with detailed explanation of the diagnostic process and analysis of treatment
  • An 8-page colour plate section with tongue slides to clarify diagnoses

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The publication of this book will certainly help the integration of Western with Chinese medicine…Giovanni Maciocia has flexibly applied what he has learned in China to the conditions in the West.

Prof. Zhou Zhong Ying