This work sums the extensive and profound knowledge of TCM into ten procedures.
The author has focused his vast clinical knowledge and his scholarly familiarity with TCM theory to present readers with a systematic compilation of the key elements of Chinese medicine, including the symptoms and pulses, synthesis of the four diagnostics, estimation of the disease field, syndrome differentiation of various diseases, syndrome identification with eight principles, distinction of formula syndromes, formation of therapeutic principles, distillation of therapeutic methods, selection of formulas and drugs, and observation and recovery following treatment.
Thus the ten stages described in the book cover theory and method as well as herb and formula prescription, using concise expression while conveying a great deal of information.
Prof. Zhang Changen's latest book, The Ten Stages of Diagnostics and Therapeutics in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Chinese-English),
published by People's Military Medical Press China.
As a kind of the quintessence of China, Traditional Chinese Medicine has greatly contributed to human health with its unique theory and effects.
Some foreign specialists hold that the book will not only be a practical reference for clinicians of TCM, but also bring popular science knowledge of TCM for the common readers and foreigners. Concentrating on categorizing the extensive and profound knowledge into ten procedures, the book presents:
1. presentation of the symptoms and pulses,
2. synthesis of the four diagnostics,
3. estimation of the disease field,
4. syndrome differentiation of various diseases,
5. syndrome identification with eight principles,
6. distinction of formula syndromes,
7. formation of therapeutic principles,
8. draft for therapeutic methods,
9. selection of formulas and drugs and
10. observation and nursing after treatment.
The ten stages in the book embracing the theories, methods, formulas and herbs, has the merit of holding the brief to cope with the diverse.
If studying it earnestly and grasping its essence, the readers are surely to improve their abilities of understanding and practicing TCM.
From learning and advocating the doctrine of the medical sage Zhang Zhongjing, Prof Zhang is an expert at using classical formulas of TCM and at applying the treatment of difficult and chronic diseases with marked curative effects.