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recommended reading

Note - Please purchase texts as close to the source as possible, from the publisher or author themselves, such as University of California Press for Unschuld's texts. For Chinese medical texts, purchase directly from the author or use Redwing Books or other Chinese medical publishers such as  Chinese Medicine Database. If none of the above is possible, please use Alibris. Your money is your voice, energy, intent. Use and direct it mindfully, towards those things you wish to see flourish. Chinese medicine is a small field. In order to support the existence of quality materials, we must support those producing those materials.


Chinese medicine

     Foundations

          Wiseman, N. and Ye, F. A Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine

               - The single most comprehensive, scholarly collection of Chinese

                    medical terms and concepts, including clinically useful information

                    such as point prescriptions. Available as an add-on dictionary on

                    Pleco.

          Wiseman, N. and Ellis, A. Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine

          Ellis, A. and Wiseman, N. Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture


     Post-graduate ("Advanced")

          Note - A key part of rising above introductory materials in Chinese medicine, i.e., those 

               myriad TCM pattern cookbooks - e.g. the four patterns of back pain, six patterns for 

               diabetes, listings of points, herbs, or formulas "good for" X disease,  etc. - is to

               understand the underlying pathomechanisms of symptoms and disease, to enrich

               your understanding of the base paradigm and core theoretical and clinical theories to

               the point where you can understand the health-disease dynamic in its entirety

               allowing you to asses it comprehensively and approach it therapeutically from

               multiple angles with modalities. The best way to do this is direct study of the source

               of the medicine, the Han dynasty medical classics, such as the Nèijīng. As this is

               approach is dealt with in other areas of this website, below are listed intermediary

               texts, those which will likely carry the reader beyond entry-level understanding.                     


Classics

     Neijing

     Shanghan Lun/Jinggui Yaolue


Chinese Language Study

     Introductory

     Grammar

     Dictionaries


Chinese Medicine History

     Hinrichs, T and Barnes, L. Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History

     Unschuld, P. Medicine in China: A History of ideas