Warm Disease Theory, Wen Bing Xue


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Translated By Jian Min Wen & Garry Seifert
Trade Paperback Book
ISBN 9780912111742
280 Pages

Warm Disease Theory (Wen Bing Xue) is the standard text used by all institutes of Chinese medicine throughout China. Since its publication in 1979, it has been a compulsory text in all training institutions from which graduate students become registered doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Western readers who are approaching warm disease study for the first time will appreciate that the Wen Bing Xue is the first text to undertake a comprehensive discussion of the foundations of warm disease theory and the clinical treatment of warm diseases; furthermore, it is the first to integrate the views of all schools of warm disease, including those of the great Ming and Qing dynasty doctors Wu You Ke, Ye Tian Shi, Xue Sheng Bai, Wu Ju Tong, and Wang Meng Ying.

The work is arranged in two sections. The first introduces all the basic information concerning warm disease, including its history, disease causes, pattern identification, and general diagnostic and treatment methods. The second section presents disease concepts, etiologies, pathologies, main points of diagnosis, pulses, patterns, and treatments for each of the different warm diseases of the four seasons.

Praise for Warm Disease Theory

“With publication of Warm Disease Theory (Wen Bing Xue) a new milestone has been reached. In China, this modern “classic” is considered essential study for herbalists. It is both highly readable and organized for use as a textbook and a clinical reference tool. While acupuncturists are rarely called upon to treat epidemic diseases, the usefulness of the Wen Bing Xue extends far beyond such applications. Like the Shang Han Lun, the essential message of the Wen Bing Xue concerns treatment according to pattern differentiation. Consequently the Wen Bing Xue also serves as a source of inspiration for strategies that can be applied in the treatment of chronic internal disease.”

Todd Luger, M.Ac.O.M., Director, Chinese Herb Academy

“I am deeply gratified to bear witness to an important event in history of the transmission of Chinese medical ideas to the English-speaking world. Our profession owes much to Wen and Seifert for opening a crucial portal on our quest for a deepening understanding of Chinese medicine. This translation punctuates a significant point along what will hopefully be a long and passionate investigation of the subtleties of the ideas of the Warm Disease school.”

Bob Damone, M.S., L.Ac., Chair, Department of Clinical Practice, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

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Weight 1.15 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8 × .75 in


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