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Chinese Herbal Therapy

Summit on Shang Han Lun


Martin Wang, MD. Ph D.


Chinese herbal therapy is one of the most effective therapies in whole Chinese medicine system. The book Shang Han Lun is the earliest book that systematically summarized the principle in the diagnosis and treatment with herbal therapy. The meaning of the original text is however difficult to understand because the book did not tell why to separate various disease as six major categories and why we should use such and such herbal formulas for the treatment. The book reads pretty much as a clinic handbook for use, instead of a thorough teaching. The experience of many famous Chinese medicine doctors in history indicated that the book is however very important to learn, though the understanding of the meaning of the original text is different among the doctors.

This book here dedicates to collect the ideas and opinions about the meaning of the book Shang Han Lun, from doctors in modern times. Because these doctors are also famous in China, we call this collection as a “summit” meeting. From the book here, readers can find that how each doctor understand the book and how do they make diagnosis for disease. Nowadays there are many similar lectures on the book Shang Han Lun by individual doctor, but there is, as we know, no any book as this one here, to collect the different opinions in the same book.  

This book focuses on the diagnosis of each disease and briefly mentions the name of the herbal formula that is needed for the treatment of that specific disease condition. In our another book, Chinese Herbal therapy: Summit for Jing formula application, will discuss more in detail about the structure of each herbal formula and the function of each ingredient in the formula.

The author of this book is not at all an expert in Chinese medicine but he hopes that this book would be helpful for those of doctors who want to learn and practice Chinese herbal therapy in their clinic, so as to increase their clinic success rate.

Preface 7
Note to Readers 11
Declaration 12
Basic concept 14
1. Taiyang stage:  19
2. Yangming stage: 22
3. Shaoyang stage: 23
4. Taiyin stage: 24
5. Shaoyin stage: 24
6. Jueyin stage: 25
Six Jing diagnosis and treatment 26
1. Taiyang stage 26
1.1  Taiyang body surface conditions 26
1.2  Taiyang inner condition 34
1.3  Special types of Taiyang stage 41
1.4  Precaution during common cold or flu 45
1.5  Turnover of Taiyang stage 46
1.6  Usefulness of sweat therapy 50
1.7  Precaution in the use of Sweat therapy 51
1.8  Conditions in which the Sweat therapy should not be used 51
1.9  Modification of Guizhi Tang 53
1.10  Condition change with even normal level of sweat via Sweat therapy 56
1.11  Over-sweat due to the sweat therapy 60
1.12  Wrong treatment of Taiyang stage 64
1.13  Distinguish of Taiyang stage with other conditions 88
2. Yangming stage 92
2.1 Yangming Wind-attack stage 92
2.2 Yangming Cold-attack stage 105
2.3  Untypical Yangming body surface condition 107
2.4  Special types of Yangming stage 109
2.5  Conditions in which the Bowel-cleansing therapy should not be used 111
2.6  Changes after Bowel-cleansing therapy 112
2.7  Wrong treatment of Yangming stage 113
2.8  Distinguish of Yangming stage 115
2.9  Turnover of Yangming stage 117
3. Shaoyang stage 118
3.1  Shaoyang body surface stage 119
3.2  Shaoyang inner stage 121
3.3  Special types of Shaoyang syndromes 126
3.4  Wrong treatment of the Shaoyang stage 128
3.5  Wrong treatment of Shaoyang stage 130
3.6  Turnover of the Shaoyang stage 131
3.7  Distinguish of Shaoyang stage 131
4. Taiyin stage 133
4.1  Taiyin body surface condition 133
4.2  Taiyin inner condition 134
4.3  Distinguishing diagnosis 136
4.4  Special types of Taiyin stage disease 137
5. Shaoyin stage 138
5.1  Shaoyin body surface condition 139
5.2  Shaoyin body inner condition 142
5.3  Distinguish of Shaoyin stage 148
5.4  Notice for the Shaoyin stage 151
5.5  Wrong treatment in Shaoyin stage 153
5.6  Turnover of Shaoyin stage 154
6. Jueyin stage 157
6.1 Four major characteristics for the Yueyin stage 158
6.2  Treatment of the Shift Hot-cold condition 162
6.3  Various Jue conditions that need to be distinguished with the Yueyin stage 165
6.4  Turnover of Jueyin stage 167
6.5  Wrong treatment in Jueyin stage 170
7.  Six Jing diagnosis –co-exist stages 172
8. Diagnosis and treatment of Cholera 182
9. New conditions after recovery from Shanghan disease 184
10. The time in which a disease gets recovered 186
Supplimentary readings 189
Background for the Shanghan Lun and its spread 189
Relationship between Six Jing in the Six Jing diagnosis system and the Six Jing in book Huangdi Nei Jing: 193
Relationship between the Six Jing diagnosis and meridians 200
Relationship between Six Jing diagnosis and other diagnosis systems 203
Difference between Classical formulas and Aftertime formlas 206
If the Classical formula system is good, why it is minority in TCM? 215
College TCM and folk TCM 218
More about Shaoyang diseases 225
Our other publications 228
References 229

 This book is under Writing now.