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Flavor, Temperature and other Practical Foundations in Chinese Medicine

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Description:

This book is a foundation text in the study and practice of Chinese herbal medicine. It is intended for students, practitioners, teachers, and anyone who is interested in classical wisdom, holistic medicine and the nature of how herbal medicine works.

The first chapter offers translations of terminology and symbols used in Chinese medicine theory. This chapter is numerically organized as a way of presenting a qualitative numerology associated with the terms and symbols being defined. An understanding of the terms and symbols listed under each number can be found through their relation to the quality of that number; the quality of that number can be grasped through the understanding of those terms and symbols. Taken as a whole, the entire chapter can be seen in this way as well. Thus, it is intended to be an introduction to the hermeneutic way of approaching classical Chinese medical science.

The second chapter offers original translations of classical medical texts on the subjects of flavor, temperature, herbal medical practice, dietary therapy, and how herbs work, and discussions of the practical application of those theories in medicine. This is a complete selection of classical material on the subject of flavor, temperature and the practice of herbal medicine, taken from the Huangdi neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine) and the Shennong bencao jing (Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica).

The third chapter offers the author’s thoughts and conclusions of the material presented, and focuses on the practical applications of these terms, symbols and theories. Final thoughts on the nature of illness are offered as a reflection of the material presented, and the reader is advised to take these reflections back to the beginning of the book, to complete the circle.

The main focus of the book is to present a complete, foundational image of holistic medicine. Read from start to finish, it offers the reader a careful thought process from the fundamental basis of medicine to a practical application. The entire text should be considered within each part. Additionally, it is intended for this book to be a useful, practical reference.

Table of Contents:

Prolegomenon
-Intentions 1
-The Spiritual Science of Nourishing Life 3
-A Note on the Translations 8
Ch. 1 Classical Symbolic Terminology
-Numerological Organization 11
-One through Twelve 14
-Important Medical terms and Symbols 54
Ch. 2 Classical Flavor Dynamics (excerpts)
-The Meaning of Flavor 63
-from Suwen 4 67
-from Suwen 5 69
-from Suwen 10 77
-Suwen 22 79
-Suwen 23 89
-Lingshu 56 94
-Lingshu 63 99
-from Shennong bencao jing 103
Ch. 3 The Practice of Medicine
-Applied Science of Flavor and Temperature 109
-What is Classical Chinese Medicine? 114
-Dosage 123
-Bulk and Granule 127
Conclusion 129
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Previous Publications

The Inner Treatises of the Delicately Pure Questions: A Translation and Investigation of the Huangdi neijing suwen Treatises One through Twelve

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This translation offers a scholarly investigation of the foundational chapters of the Suwen, including detailed notes and unique yet highly researched translations.

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1
Suwen 1 The Treatise on the Heavenly Truth of the Highest Antiquity 4
Suwen 2 The Great Treatise on the Resonant Tuning to the Numinous by the Four Directional Energies 10
Suwen 3 The Treatise on the Life Generating Vital Energy Openly Communicating with Heaven 15
Suwen 4 The Treatise of the Highest Truth from the Golden Cabinet 22
Suwen 5 The Great Treatise on the Resonant Symbolic Embodiment of Yin and
Yang
27
Suwen 6 The Treatise on Release and Return of Yin and Yang 40
Suwen 7 The Treatise on the Divisions of Yin and Yang 46
Suwen 8 The Treatise on the Secret Scroll of the Luminous Orchid 53
Suwen 9 The Treatise on the Concealment and Symbolic Embodiment of the
Six Bundles
59
Suwen 10 An Essay on the Generation and Completion of the Five Orbs 67
Suwen 11 The Treatise on the Differentiations of the Five Orbs 73
Suwen 12 The Treatise on the Unique Methods of Directional Suitability 76
Bibliography 79
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Uttering the Names: A 4-fold Translation of the Shuogua (Discussion of the Trigrams)

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This translation was done over many years through an attentive and meditative process by the author and translator. The text is a 4th century BCE collection of 3 poems, the earliest known, on the 8 Trigrams. It is a foundational text for all studies and practice of Chinese Medicine, Yin-Yang Theory, and the Yijing (Classic of Change, 64 Hexagrams). The Shuogua is one of the original “Wings” of the Zhouyi (The Zhou dynasty’s Classic of Change).

Table of Contents:

Preface iv
-Textual Organization v
-A Four-Fold Method of Translation vi
-A Discussion of the Title vii
Uttering the Names Part 1: Form and Function 1
-”Inner” Arrangement 4
-”Thunder” Arrangement 5
“Outer” Arrangement 6
Part 2: Numinous Manifestation 15
-Numen 16
-Defining the Trigrams 17
-Animal Resonance 18
-Bodily Resonance 19
-Family Resonance 20
Part 3: Ancient Resonance 21
Concluding Thoughts: Perception 30
Notes 31
Works Cited and Suggested Readings 42
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Classical Almanac: The Year of the Yin Wood Goat (Guisi)

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Please visit www.classicalalmanacs.com for this year’s edition of the Classical Almanac. This practical datebook offers the ancient Chinese calendar applied to contemporary usage, including the ancient science of astro-climatology (relating the phenomena of climate and weather patterns and change to solar, lunar, and celestial seasonal, annual and changeable events). The 2015 (Year of the Yin Wood Goat) is on sale now!

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Snake Oil: A Companion Handbook to the Gui Si Almanac

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Description:

Snake Oil is our ironic title for the herbal handbook to the Classical Almanac. Written by Michael Givens, MA, MSOM, LAc this text is the logical conclusion to the Almanac as the directions for the year of the yin water snake pertain to classical herbal prescribing. Copies from this rare work will be made available upon request.

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