Important New TCM Book Translation

This 976 page book is the labor of many years of work and is of great importance to the English language body of work on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

From the publisher’s website:

Written by Cheng Wuji and published in 1144, this is a complete commentary on the entire text of On Cold Damage (the Shang Han Lun) in the Song dynasty order. The entire text means that Cheng’s commentary includes the four chapters on the pulse, as well as the chapters on the prohibitions in the back of the Shang Han Lun. All told this adds another 250 lines of text to what has been accepted in the West as the Shang Han Lun. In addition to Cheng Wuji’s commentary, Jonathan Schell has annotated and translated Cheng’s lines with over 1600 lines from the Su Wen, 500 lines from the Ling Shu, 22 Difficulties from the Nan Jing, numerous passages from the Classic of the Pulse (Mai Jing), and commentary from Zhang Jingyue’s Lei Jing, Zhang Zhicong’s commentaries on the Su Wen and Ling Shu, Wang Bing’s commentary on the Su Wen, and as well as numerous other Shang Han Lun commentators. This books has been produced in full color, where the color has been used to show the attributed and unattributed quotes which the commentators use to illustrate their points. This book also includes 52 illustrations with commentary by the translator, 35 of which were composed by Cheng Wuji and 17 which have been composed by Jonathan Schell. This book illustrates the pinnacle of classical thought, where the reader, through the annotations can trace Cheng’s thought process and apply the canonical texts of Chinese medicine, as cited by Cheng, to the understanding of the Shang Han Lun.

On Unnecessary Medical Care

Also see these two interesting articles:

Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it? (The New Yorker)

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes: Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments. (The Atlantic)

Magnesium for Depression

From the abstract:

Effects were observed regardless of age, gender, baseline magnesium levels, baseline severity of depression, or use of antidepressant treatments. It worked quickly, was well tolerated, and is much safer and less expensive than conventional treatments with medication.

This study found clinically significant results for the use of magnesium to improve both depression and anxiety.  More research will hopefully be done in this area, but here is just another good reason to ensure your dietary magnesium uptake is sufficient.

You can see the study here and an interview with the study’s author here.