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Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Commentaries and Clinical Applications

Guohui Liu, M.Med., L.Ac., Foreword by Dr. Henry McCann

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Scholar and medical doctor, Guohui Liu, presents a new and detailed translation of the Chinese classic Shang Han Lun. He provides a line by line translation of the text with extensive commentary and descriptions of the clinical applications. The book includes the 112 formulas and the 88 medicinal substances.
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2015, 11.26in x 8.90in / 286mm x 226mm, 976pp
ISBN: 978-1-84819-254-6
2015, ePUB, 976pp
ISBN: 978-0-85701-200-5
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A major new translation of the Chinese classic Shang Han Lun by scholar and medical doctor Guohui Liu makes this foundational text fully accessible to English speaking clinicians for the first time. Extensive study and research underpins the translation; the author's understanding of both classical and modern Chinese enables him to interpret fully the ancient work within the theory of Chinese medicine. An extensive commentary explains the translation, the difficulties with the text, how it has been subsequently translated and expands on the theory laid out in the original text to reach an understanding that can be applied in the clinic for diagnosis and treatment. The value of this classic text lies primarily in its establishment of a basic framework for differentiation and treatment, but it also presents 112 formulas and 88 medicinal substances, which are commonly applied in clinical work for various conditions. In this edition, the 112 formulas are fully explained in the context of the clinical experiences of well-known ancient and modern doctors, and they are also laid out in two appendices, cross referenced to the text.


'In Discussion of Cold Damage, Dr. Liu Guohui, a clinical expert and scholar, has delivered authentic knowledge of the ancestral book of all Chinese herbal formulas, the Shang Han Lun. This book is essential for those seeking the roots of classical Chinese medicine.'
- Master Zhongxian Wu, a lifelong Daoist practitioner and author of 12 books on Chinese wisdom traditions

'The Shang Han Lun is one of the most important texts in Chinese herbal medicine. A Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun) by Guohui Liu is a masterpiece. This extraordinary book includes line-by-line translations, analysis of each formula, a superb presentation of difficult and doubtful areas about formulas, and commentary and clinical applications. The book includes an incredible collection of insights and experiences from scholars and practitioners from ancient to contemporary time. A Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun) is the most comprehensive and clinically valuable book in the English language. I highly recommend this book to anybody studying or practicing Chinese herbal medicine.'
- Dr. David Twicken, DOM, L.Ac., Chinese medicine practitioner, professor and clinical supervisor, author of The Eight Extraordinary Channels, The Divergent Channels, The Luo Collaterals and I Ching Acupuncture - The Balance Method

'Dr. Liu masterfully guides us line-by-line through the Shang Han Lun (Discussion of Cold Damage), incorporating ancient and modern commentaries (many previously unavailable in English), as well as his own profound insights, explanations and clinical pearls, thereby elucidating this difficult classic and, ultimately, making it readily comprehensible and clinically relevant for modern western practitioners. Twenty years in the making, this book is an outstanding and major contribution to the English literature and a must have for all students and practitioners of Chinese medicine.'
- Greg A. Livingston, Ph.D.(China), L.Ac.


No doubt [this] will be the standard text in Western language on Shang Han for years to come and it will
nourish and support us on our way as medical practitioners.

- Silvio Schaller, M.D.


By (author): Guohui Liu
Foreword by: Henry McCann