The Essentials of Chinese Medicine is a text book intended for international students who wish to gain a basic understanding of Chinese Medicine (CM) at the university level. The idea of writing such a text was originated from the Sino-American Consortium for the Advancement of Chinese Medicine (SACACM), which was founded in February 2000. In 1995, the British Hong Kong Administration set up a Preparatory Committee for the Development of Chinese Medicine to look into ways of bringing Chinese medical practice and herbal trade under proper control and r- ulation. After the reuni?cation of Hong Kong with mainland China in 1997, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region continued the efforts to uplift the practice of CM to a fully professional level through legislation. To help bring up a new generation of professional CM practitioners, the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) obtained approval from the Government's univ- sity funding authority to develop a School of Chinese Medicine to prepare students who will meet the future professional requirements through public examinations. In order to establish itself quickly as a rigorous provider of university level CM education, HKBU sought alliance with eight major CM universities in the Chinese Mainland, and one US university which was interested in developing CM edu- tion within its medical college. As a result, the Consortium known as SACACM was formed, with ten founding institutions from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Sh- dong, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Heilongjiang, Hong Kong, and the United States.
Volume 1: Foundations of Chinese Medicine.- Part I: Basic Theories of Chinese Medicine.- Formation of the Chinese Medicine Theoretical System and Its Philosophical Basis.- Chinese Medicine Methodology.- Structure and Functions of the Human Body.- Basic Substances of Vital Activities.- Etiology in Chinese Medicine.- Pathology in Chinese Medicine.- Part II: Diagnosis of Chinese Medicine.- Approach to Chinese Medical Diagnosis.- Diagnostic Methods.- Differential Diagnosis.- Therapeutics.- Health Preservation.- Volume 2: Clinical Fundamentals in Chinese Medicine.- Part I: Meridians and Acupuncture.- Meridians: General Introduction.- Overview of Acupoints.- Descriptions of Specific Acupoints.- Techniques of Acupuncture and Moxibustion.- Principles of Acupuncture Therapeutics.- Part II: Chinese Materia Medic.- Basic Theories of Chinese Materia Medic.- Commonly Used Herbs.- Part III: Chinese Medicinal Formulas.- Basic Principles of Herbal Formulation.- Commonly Used CM Herbal Formulas.- Volume 3: Essentials of Clinical Specialties in Chinese Medicine.- Part I: Common Internal Medicine Disorders.- Wind-Injury.- Cough.- Wheezing.- Asthma.- Palpitations of Heart.- Angina Pectoris.- Insomnia.- Depression.- Stomachache.- Vomiting.- Diarrhea.- Abdominal Pain.- Dysentery.- Constipation.- Stroke.- Vertigo.- Subcostal Pain.- Jaundice.- Edema.- Dysuria.- Impotence.- Lumbago.- Headache.- Rheumatism.- Flaccidity.- Diaphoresis.- Diabetes.- Abdominal Masses and Obstruction.- Part II: Common Gynecological Disorders.- Abnormal Menstruation.- Dysmenorrhea.- Amenorrhea.- Anovulatory Functional Uterine Bleeding.- Vaginal Discharge.- Chronic Pelvic Inflammation.- Infertility.- Threatened and Spontaneous Abortion.- Menopause.- Part III: Common Pediatric Illnesses.- Anorexia.- Infantile Cough.- Enuresis.- Diarrhea.- Acute Convulsion.- Part IV: Common Dermatological Conditions.- Eczema.- Urticaria.- Acne Vulgaris.- Contact Dermatitis.- Neurodermatitis.- Cutaneous Pruritus.- Alopecia.- Folliculitis.- Facial Boils.- Carbuncle.- Erysipelas.- Shingles.- Urinary Stones.- Hemorrhoid.- Acute Lumbar Sprain.- Tennis Elbow.- Part V: Common Disorders of the Sensory Organs.- Acute Conjunctivitis.- Sudden Deafness.- Acute Naso-Sinusitis.- Chronic Naso-Sinusitis.- Allergic Rhinitis.- Recurrent Ulcerative Stomatitis.- Acute Tonsillitis.- Part VI: Emergency Conditions.- Syncope.- Shock.- Seizure.- High Fever.- Appendices