Rheumatology in Chinese Medicine


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By Mach Chieu & Gerard Guillaume
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9780930616398
426 pages

While rheumatological disorders (e.g., joint and other musculoskeletal pain) are perhaps the most commonly seen problems in clinics of Chinese medicine, until now there has been no comprehensive book on this important subject. Rheumatology in Chinese Medicine is the first of its kind in any language.

The subject is presented in four parts:

  • PART ONE lays the groundwork for the traditional Chinese approach to rheumatology, including a discussion of the makeup of the human organism and the interaction between movement and the channels.
  • PART TWO is a translation of the chapters on painful obstruction (bi) and lower back pain from one of the best modern Chinese texts on internal medicine.
  • PART THREE presents the authors’ own approach to rheumatological disorders, which utilizes many aspects of the modern French energetic acupuncture models, including barrier and trigger points.
  • PART FOUR contains a rich selection of translations from a dozen premodern classical texts regarding rheumatological disorders.


The Concept of Rheumatism in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Energetic Body & Locomotor System
  • The Channels
  • Etiological Factors in Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Pain

Traditional Approaches to Rheumatology in Modern China

  • Painful Obstruction
  • Panarthralgia Disorder
  • Lower Back Pain

Clinical Practice of an Acupuncturist in Rheumatology

  • Painful Obstruction Disorders
  • Chronic Polyarticular Painful Syndromes
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
  • Gout
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Wrist & Hand Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Foot Pain

Classic Texts in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Selections on Rheumatology & Related Subjects


  • Supplemental Materia Medica
  • Bibliography
  • Multiple Indices

About the Authors:

Gerard Guillaume, M.D. is a specialist in rheumatology, immunology and sports medicine. He currently serves as Vice President of the French Acupuncture Association, and is a highly regarded lecturer on acupuncture in Europe and the United States.

Mach Chieu, M.D. is a French pediatrician of Chinese ethnicity. Raised in both Eastern and Western culture, he has long taken an interest in both Chinese and Western medicine. Dr. Chieu is also a writer, poet and scholar of classical and modern Chinese literature, calligraphy and philosophy.

Drs. Guillaume and Chieu are the authors of many books in French about traditional Chinese medicine, the most recent of which is Dictionnaire des Points d’Acupuncture, published in 1995.

Praise for Rheumatology in Chinese Medicine

“Sets a new standard for English-language textbooks in all Chinese medical specialties.”

-Charles Chace, L.Ac., Author, Fleshing Out the Bones

“A generous gift to the next generation of acupuncturists.”

-Joseph Helms, M.D., Author, Acupuncture Energetics

“I know I am not alone in my belief that the future of Chinese medicine is in the West. If this is true, then a revolution must occur in its literature as well, and Rheumatology in Chinese Medicine is at the leading edge of that change.”

-The Journal of Chinese Medicine

“Essential for all acupuncturists . . . Destined to be another English TCM classic.”

-Bastyr University Library Letter

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Weight 2.80 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 2 in


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