Zhang-Jin Zhang, BMed, MMed, PhD, Professor, Associate Director (Clinic), School of Chinese Medicine LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
The authors provide a clear and full depiction of psychological terms and concepts of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). They also meld classical and contemporary data to present a clear manual for TCM psychology. The introduction of multiple TCM therapies for mental and emotional diseases will be of great benefit for all TCM practitioners and patients in today's society.
Christopher Zaslawski, Associate Professor, Head - Chinese Medicine Discipline, School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
With the increase in the prevalence of mental health issues globally the need for a better understanding of treatment options is now even more imperative. Qu and Garvey explore the classical Chinese medicine wisdom of this rich knowledge area. Drawing from case studies using formulas from the Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Cabinet they weave a clinical narrative that continues to be relevant today.
Yvonne R. Farrell, DAOM, LAc
In part one of their book, Professor Qu and Doctor Garvey have done an admirable job of providing the context needed to merge the Chinese philosophy of Shen with modern psychology. Part two is filled with sound herbal advice. Keep it on your shelf as a reference, but first enjoy it with a cup of tea and a few hours of self-reflection.
Ross Rosen, author Heart Shock: Diagnosis and Treatment of Trauma with Shen-Hammer and Classical Chinese Medicine, 23rd and 25th gen. Quanzhen Longmen Daoist Priest
Chinese Medicine Psychology provides a nice concise survey and elucidation of the Classical Chinese understanding of psychological disorders. Part 1 discusses medical principles underlying the shén, its formation, manifestations, roles, functions, and maintenance. Part 2 ties in the classical disease patterns from the Golden Cabinet with representative formulas. Pathomechanisms and etiologies are likewise discussed and modifications are provided. Case studies providing anecdotal real-life formulae round out the text. A excellent reference for students and practitioners alike.
Z’ev Rosenberg, L. Ac.
Chinese Medicine Psychology is destined to be one of the definitive texts in the field for the diagnosis and treatment of emotional and psychological disorders. Several chapters in part one carefully delineate core concepts from the Su Wen, Ling Shu, Nan Jing, Jin Gui Yao Lue and the work of Zhang Jing-yue (as recorded in the Lei Jing/Categorized Classic). The second part of the book builds on this understanding to explain the foundations of how classical Chinese medicine views essential aspects of human life, mind, and the emotions. In part three, clinical applications are presented built on material and formulas from Zhang Zhong-jing's Jin gui yao lue/Prescriptions from the Golden Cabinet, with case histories. As culture is a major influence on psychology, the authors also compare Chinese and Western approaches to psychology, noting similarities and differences. I highly recommend this text for all practitioners, as xin li xue/psychology is an essential subject that demands clear explanation of terminology, concepts, diagnostics and/or overlays of Western views of the mind and psyche.