Shang Han Lun Explained
This book has two objectives. The first is to explain the theory of Shang Han Lun and the systematic theory of the Six Channels: the patterns and manifestations and the related treatment strategies. The second is to explain how the principles of Shang Han Lun may be applied to disease in our own time.
Shang Han Lun is one of the four major classic texts of Chinese Medicine. It encompasses the medical achievements of the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD) and the period prior to that. It is the first text in Chinese medical history to adopt the Six Channels as a basis for diagnosis and to explain the aetiology and pathological development of externally contracted febrile disease. Shang Han Lun has survived the passage of time and this ancient theory and its application to the treatment of disease is still regarded as having great relevance in today’s environment.
Objective of Shang Han Lun Explained
This book has two objectives. The first is to explain the theory of Shang Han Lun and the systematic theory of the Six Channels: the patterns and manifestations and the related treatment strategies. The second is to explain how the principles of Shang Han Lun may be applied to disease in our own time. The vast amount of knowledge presented in Shang Han Lun is made more easily accessible by the use of headings and summaries which assist the reader to analyse and grasp the concepts: Key points are noted in accordance with the spirit of the original clause, summaries and tables are given to help the reader focus on the essentials, the discussion of each formula and its pattern is followed by case studies illustrating the clinical application of the original Shang Han Lun formulas, and each chapter concludes with a summary of disease patterns, formulae and treatment principles.
The 398 original clauses of Shang Han Lun have been used as a basis for this text, and it follows the conventional channel-by-channel order found in the Ming dynasty’s Zhao Kai Mei edition, however, the sequence of the clauses has been further re-arranged for improved clinical relevance. The numbering of the clauses is identical to the Zhao edition and the original sequence of the Zhao edition is included as Appendix 2, which is complete with clauses written in traditional Chinese characters. Each clause is cited in the original Chinese, followed by a faithful English translation, and is accompanied by an explanation of the aetiology and pathogenesis of the pattern and discussion of the formula and its ancient clinical application as well as new concepts and applications. Much reliance has also been placed on Yi Zong Jin Jian (Golden Mirrror of Medical Tradition which was commissioned by Emperor Qian Long and compiled in the years 1739~1742. That text comprises ninety fascicles, incorporating both Shang Han Lun and Jin Gui Yao Lue.
In the process of writing this book, many ancient texts on Shang Han Lun were consulted, together with books on modern research. It incorporates the authors’ own case studies as well as case studies from scholars specialising in Shang Han Lun based at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, which is regarded as the key centre for studies in the classics of Chinese medicine. We trust that this text serves to shine a light on what can be a bewildering and daunting yet essential and rewarding foundation classic of Chinese medicine.