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The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and Herbalists. Second Edition Hardcover – July 27, 2005

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'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

"The text is beautifully presented in two colours. A large number of clear illustrations and text boxes highlight the important points and aid readability. Learning outcomes are summarised at the end of each chapter. This is a well designed and easy to read textbook, which sources mainly from the classic Chinese medicine texts, including both ancient literature and modern books. It benefits from the author's rich experience in clinical practice in the West and his training in China. An in-depth understanding of the principles and theories of TCM enables the author to explain this complicated ancient healing system in a way that is understandable to Western students.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in studying TCM systematically, particulary those intending to develop a career in acupuncture." R Guo, Exeter, UK

About the Author

Giovanni Maciocia is one of the most highly-regarded and respected authors and lecturers in the West. He is Visiting Associate Professor at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has many years of experience in teaching and practice. Giovanni trained initially in the UK and then in China, learned Chinese to be able to study from original Chinese texts, and was one of the first practitioners and authors to introduce Chinese medicine in a clear and accessible way to a Western student audience.
Giovanni Maciocia has written other best-selling books under the Elsevier Churchill Livingstone imprint - The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 2e (ISBN 978-0443074905), Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide, 1e (ISBN 9780443064487), The Channels of Acupuncture: Clinical Use of the Secondary Channels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels, 1e (ISBN 9780443074912), The Psyche in Chinese Medicine: Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disharmonies with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 1e (ISBN 9780702029882), and Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, 2e (ISBN 9780443104220).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1236 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 2 edition (July 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0443074895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0443074899
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joshua A. Tenpenny on July 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The index of this book is inaccurate, starting at page 417 or some point in that previous section. From page 417 to the end of the book the actual page numbers are four less than the ones listed in the index. For example, if you look at the index listing "Transporting (Shu) Points 787-802", the section on Shu points is actually 783-798. Before page 417, the page numbers are accurate.

So if you look something up in the index and it doesn't seem to be on the indicated page, don't despair. Flip two pages back and you'll probably find it.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David H. Laverdure on January 30, 2007
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As a matter of presentation, description, and explanation, this book is near unmatched. When the revision of this edition comes out, if you have any desire to explore and develop your understanding of TCM, you will have to get it. But wait until they repair the index. It is the lousiest, most absurd index I've ever seen. I work as a Teacher's Assistant for an Asian Bodywork Therapy class, so I get a lot of questions from students, and this text has everything you would ever want to look up, if only you happen to be so lucky that the index and the actual material you're looking for match up. So, like I said, everything about this book but the index is fantastic. The index is so bad, though, the book deserves a recall. Wait until that happens, or pour through the pages with unmatched patience, and make your own index.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2012
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Acupuncturists and acupuncture students alike seem to either love or hate G Maciocia. My Beijing teachers fell in the latter camp, as do I. We were never introduced to Nigel Wiseman (e.g., Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture (Paradigm title)) at my Los Angeles school, and I suspect my initiation into Chinese medical might have been less maddening had we not been distracted my Maciocia's wordiness and gift for needlessly complicating just about everything.

I have not found the book at all helpful, and I am soon to finish my Chinese medicine program. I greatly regret having been suckered into buying it during my first quarter of school.

Alumni/ae "out in the field" report that they do refer to Maciocia's Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide book (and my Ob-Gyn prof likes his Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, 2e-- but still seems to prefer Jane Lyttleton's Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine, 1e) in their daily practice, but again there are many (or at least several) very good (English language) diagnosis texts (Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine, The Treatment of Disease in Tcm: Diseases of the Eyes, Ears, Nose and, for example) that, for my money, make Maciocia seem like an over-reaching arriviste.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David A. Burnet on October 24, 2005
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The sheer depth and breadth of the clarity and insight about Traditional Chinese Medicine that comes through this book with such ease for a reader is a wonder. Strong praise, yes; but all too often these subjects are obscure...and even good books usually only *start* to give people new to the subject insight as well as good, foundational knowledge.

Don't be put off by the size of the book or it's price - in this case, it's well worth it.

This book makes it easy to understand paradigms that are new and unusual to most westerners, with greater depth than is usually found -- in addition to providing LOTS of foundation and background knowledge.

I highly recommend this book.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. Yang on September 10, 2009
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I grew up with Eastern medicine, and have studied Taoist classics in depth for over a decade. Maciocia tries to substantiate his understanding with excerpts from various classics that had radically different perspectives and paradigms, making this book inconsistent and incoherent. His repetition of the same ideas over and over does not make his incorrect and shallow understanding of TCM correct or deep; it's just mind numbing. The material of the whole book could have been covered within a hundred pages or so without losing any information that is of any value instead of spreading it out over a thousand pages. This is a bad textbook for TCM students who want to seriously study Eastern medicine.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2010
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I have to admit that I read many textbooks about foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine both written by foreigners and translated from the Chinese Text but this book of Giovanni is far better. Firstly, it is COMPLETE in content of TCM principle, whatever in the TCM knowledge you will see it here. It also explains in detail of the certain aspect that other text doesn't offer.

Secondly, in this book of Giovanni has pictures illustrate the type of the patient with different pathogenic evil which I love this feature because it visualizes those who study.

Thirdly, there are Tips for each diagnosis type so it helps and makes diagnosis easier for practicing.

Fourthly, what I found in the other text particularly in the Chinese or from the Chinese version they are more narrative and ambiguous, you may feel like you are reading a novel or something so philosophical, ending up with nothing in the head but confusion. This text, instead, is written in the way of standard western textbook, there are charts, tables, pictures and illustrations. The content therefore are written in better explanation and concise, this is what people like you and me are familiar with.

Lastly, you will learn something else in the book from Giovanni's practice experience. There is no perfect textbook in the world that makes you know Everything, practice makes you perfect. How grateful we are that he shares his knowledge and experience from his clinical practice in China to the readers. It gives us a shortcut. I feel we are like his student and he is our teacher.

In a nutshell this book includes TCM foundation, theory, the discussion of meridians, pathogenic evil, pulse and tongue diagnosis, herb formula, acupoint for treatment.
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