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— updated 2021-12-18


Herbalist Review, Issue 2021-#1:
Fundamentals of pattern analysis for classical Chinese medicine (CCM)
— a series of five introductory lectures

by Roger W. Wicke, Ph.D.

Copyright ©2021 by RMH-Publications Trust; all rights reserved.

I've practiced and taught Chinese herbal medicine for several decades, and I've never been entirely satisfied with introductory lectures and articles on this subject, including my own output over the years. So during the previous year, I decided to rectify that, while simultaneously examining how the untapped potential of Chinese medicine might yield solutions — as a tool of research and analysis in fields as diverse as epidemiology, environmental medicine, forensics and documenting crimes against humanity ... and, of course, herbal medicine.

Classical Chinese medicine (CCM) is rooted in the ancient religious philosophy of Daoism. However, during the latter half of the 20th century, those links were purged by the Communist Chinese and substituted with a throughly westernized, medicalized doppelgänger popularly known worldwide as "TCM". In this series, I explore:

  • How and why was CCM purged, how might it be restored? — philosophical-historical aspects, ethical dilemmas
  • Rarely discussed aspects of CCM pattern differentiation: the mathematics & logic

To read all five lecture-articles: