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Published 2012-01-01

Hardcover book

368 pages

ISBN 9781848190955

SKU: GolMirTonRef


With index
Illustrations: Moderate

Gold Mirrors and Tongue Reflections

The Cornerstone Classics of Chinese Medicine Tongue Diagnosis - The Ao Shi Shang Han Jin Jing Lu, and The Shang Han She Jian

By (author)  Ioannis Solos

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Hardcover book | $65.00

Two of the major texts in the history of tongue diagnosis are presented and put into context in this volume. The author provides an excellent overview of the tongue diagnosis theories in the major classics prior to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and discusses significant developments and publications, reaffirming the strength of tongue diagnosis as a core diagnostic method. Scholar Ao’s The Gold Mirror Records in Cold Damage, first published in 1341, and Tongue Reflections in Cold Damage, first published in 1668, are introduced with meticulous English translations and notes, and with typical, traditional Chinese editions reproduced along-side the translation.

This seminal text will give practitioners and students of Chinese medicine a sound understanding of the theory and practice of tongue diagnosis for the early texts, and will be of interest to academic readers of classic Chinese texts.

About the author:

Ioannis Solos holds a BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Middlesex University, and a Master’s of Medicine in Chinese Medicine Diagnosis, from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Besides traditional diagnosis, he enjoys researching various aspects of the Chinese medicine culture, including internal martial arts, health preservation practices, imperial medicine, the study of classic texts and lesser known Chinese medicine traditions. He has resided in Beijing, China, since 2002.

Praise for Gold Mirrors and Tongue Reflections


“Ioannis Solos saw a need and filled it. Making critical texts available to English speaking practitioners is an on-going concern for the profession. The work provides an excellent comparison and contrast of the available texts. His plan to translate and publish the important texts chronologically is marvelous as it will allow for practitioners to see how the ideas developed over centuries, leading to current best practices in tongue assessment.”

-William Morris PhD, DAOM, Lac, President, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Austin, Texas, USA.


“A fascinating look at the ancient theoretical underpinnings to Chinese medicine tongue diagnosis, with great relevance for today.”

-Steven Clavey, Editor of The Lantern Journal of Chinese Medicine and Chinese medicine practitioner, Melbourne, Australia.


“Ioannis Solos’ lucid and cutting-edge scholarship gives us direct access to the key classical literature on tongue diagnosis. Now, for the first time practitioners and scholars in the West can learn from the same sources as colleagues in China and East Asia.”

-Charles Buck, MSc, Bac, BSc, FBAcC, FRCHM, Reader and Senior Lecturer, Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK.


“While in school, I assumed tongue diagnosis was as old as pulse taking. Later, I learned it was developed by the warm-disease school of Ming and Qing Dynasties. Wrong again! This book traces the true story of tongue diagnosis. The translations and illustrations provided a clarity that seems to be lacking in modern times. Ioannis Solos has given western practitioners of Chinese medicine a precious gift with this volume.”

-Lorraine Wilcox, PhD, Lac, teaches, researches, translates and writes books on Chinese medicine, Los Angeles, USA