Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine Second Edition

diagnosis-in-chinese-medicine-second-editionThis major, new book is a complete, easily accessed and highly illustrated guide to diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. Emphasis is placed on “real world” issues and symptoms, and the text focuses on clear interpretations of signs and symptoms – the practice beyond the theory. Since Chinese medicine diagnosis relies on a subjective appraisal of the patient’s symptoms and signs – which form a pattern – many factors beyond traditional Western symptoms are taken into consideration e.g. a patient’s voice, the absence of thirst, feeling hot or cold, the patient’s smell, tone of voice, glitter of eyes. Thus, Chinese diagnosis is based on a subtle appraisal of a patient’s disharmony, which may not be a “disease” at all, and as such requires careful interpretation of a range of nuances. This book will help lead students and practitioners through basic on to sophisticated levels of diagnostic interpretation.


Key Features
  • One-of-a-kind text gives you a clinical understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Rich, unique content offers an unparalleled depth of information that is meticulously cross-referenced.
  • Includes all the signs and symptoms that a modern patient may present in the clinic, no matter how subtle.
  • Outlines the decision-making options in key situations to help you through the most challenging topics.
  • Case histories with diagnoses present common conditions that professionals will often find in practice.
  • Logically organized to help you quickly find the information you need in clinical situations.
  • Written by a leader in the field of Chinese medicine provides you with an expert’s clinical experience and understanding.
  • NEW! Clinical and Treatments notes provide practical information on acupuncture – including herbal treatment, when appropriate – for most symptoms and signs, giving the book a clinical application in therapy.
  • NEW! UPDATED full-color design and color photographs depict external clinical signs for more accurate clinical recognition.
  • NEW! Learning outcomes summarize the basics that you should know after completing a chapter.
  • NEW! Thoroughly updated content from an expert author clarifies the best practices for diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicin

Table of Contents

Part I: Diagnosis by Observation
Section 1: Observation of the Body, Mind and Complexion
1. Observation Of The Body Shape, Physique And Demeanor
2. Observation Of The Mind, Spirit And Emotion
3. Observation Of The Complexion Color
4. Observation Of Body Movements

Section 2: Parts of the Body
5. Observation Of Head, Face And Hair
6. Observation Of The Eyes
7. Observation Of The Nose
8. Observation Of Lips, Mouth, Palate, Teeth, Gums And Philtrum
9. Observation Of The Ears
10. Observation Of Throat And Neck
11. Observation Of The Back
12. Observation Of Women’s Breasts
13. Observation Of The Heartbeat
14. Observation Of The Hands
15. Observation Of The Nails
16. Observation Of The Chest And Abdomen
17. Observation Of Genitalia
18. Observation Of The Four Limbs
19. Observation Of The Legs
20. Observation Of Excretions
21. Observation Of The Skin
22. Observation In Children

Section 3: Tongue Diagnosis
23. Tongue Diagnosis
24. Tongue-Body Color
25. Tongue Body Shape
26. Tongue Coating
27. Tongue Images And Patterns

Part II: Diagnosis by Interrogation
28. Introduction
29. Pain
30. Food And Taste
31. Stools And Urine
32. Thirst And Drink
33. Energy Levels
34. Head
35. Face
36. Throat And Neck
37. Body
38. Chest And Abdomen
39. Limbs
40. Sleep
41. Sweating
42. Ears And Eyes
43. Feeling Of Cold, Feeling Of Heat And Fever
44. Mental-Emotional Symptoms
45. Sexual Symptoms
46. Women’s Symptoms
47. Children’s Symptoms
48. Diagnosing The Causes Of Disease

Part III: Diagnosis by Palpation
49. Diagnosis by Palpation
50. Pulse Qualities
51. Palpation Of Parts Of The Body
52. Palpation Of Channels

Part IV: Diagnosis by Hearing and Smelling
53. Diagnosis By Hearing
54. Diagnosis By Smelling

Part V: Symptoms and Signs
Section 1: Symptoms and Signs of Parts of the Body
55. Head And Face
56. Face Color
57. Ears
58. Nose
59. Throat
60. Mouth, Tongue, Teeth, Gums, Lips, Palate And Philtrum
61. Eyes
62. Neck, Shoulders And Upper Back
63. Chest
64. Limbs
65. Arms
66. Legs
67. Lower Back
68. Body
69. Digestive System And Taste
70. Thirst And Drink
71. Abdomen
72. Defecation
73. Urination
74. Anus
75. Men’s Sexual And Genital Symptoms
76. Sweating
77. Skin Signs
78. Emotional Symptoms
79. Mental And Emotional Symptoms
80. Mental Difficulties
81. Sleep
82. Feeling Of Cold, Feeling Of Heat, Fever
83. Voice, Speech And Sounds

Section 2: Gynecological Symptoms and Signs
84. Menstrual Symptoms
85. Problems At Period Time
86. Problems Of Pregnancy
87. Problems After Childbirth
88. Breast Signs
89. Miscellaneous Gynecological Symptoms

Section 3: Pediatric Symptoms and Signs
90. Children’s Problems

Part VI: Identification of Internal Organ Patterns
91. Heart
92. Spleen
93. Liver
94. Lungs
95. Kidneys
96. Small Intestine
97. Stomach
98. Gall-Bladder
99. Large Intestine
100. Bladder

Appendices
Appendix 1: Case Histories
Appendix 2: Prescriptions
Appendix 3: History of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine

Glossary
Bibliography
Chinese Chronology

REVIEWS

Articulated and precise, the text by Giovanni Maciocia maps out for the inexperienced reader a safe path through clinical symptoms and signs; for those who are experts in the art, it is a most useful manual for consultation. This book is indispensable both for students and for practitioners of all levels.

Massimo Muccioli
Professor of Acupuncture and Diet Therapy, Director of Faculty of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Scuola Matteo Ricci, Bologna


Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine represents the most comprehensive and yet encyclopaedic and detailed textbook on diagnosis in English. In his usual style combining clarity, precision and experience, Giovanni Maciocia has filled an important gap in the TCM literature. This precise, clear, academic and detailed textbook on Chinese Diagnosis is an indispensable tool both for practitioners and students.

Hamid Montakab, M.D., LAc


Maciocia has consistently provided the West with precise knowledge and profound clarity concerning Eastern medicine. This new work continues his unique scholar-practitioner tradition of teaching and writing that simultaneously supplies immediately practical information with direct clinical application with theoretical insight and wisdom that makes one consider and ponder and see the Eastern tradition from new perspectives. This is an invaluable addition to what can only be described as the ongoing Maciocia transmission. 

Ted Kaptchuk, OMD


This new book on diagnosis brilliantly fills a gap in the existing literature. It appears encyclopedic yet is surprisingly useful in daily practice. While it is solidly based on Chinese medicine, this book guides the reader in applying the principles of traditional diagnosis to present-day western patients. Physician acupuncturists will especially appreciate the book’s easy access to discover the significance of symptoms and signs they encounter in their practices. It’s a remarkably good book.

Joseph M. Helms, M.D.


Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine is an indispensable tool for the interpretation of symptoms and signs. It is the first text that helps the practitioner to understand the significance of symptoms and signs making diagnosis and treatment strategies easier and more logical.
Dr Carlo Maria Giovanardi

For the last 16 years Giovanni Maciocia has been the one author in the field of oriental medicine whose books have become the essential study and practice texts for an entire generation in the west. With this long-awaited comprehensive book on diagnosis and differentiation of symptoms, he adds to this impressive body of work and no student or practitioner will want to be without it.

Peter Deadman


This book is an essential clinical reference for all practitioners and it is surely the most important book on Chinese medicine to be published in the last ten years.

European Journal of Oriental Medicine