The Shang Han Lun teaches us the key symptoms associated with each disease and the therapeutic approach needed to treat them. This makes recognizing patterns of disease easier and adds confidence in different treatment strategies.
The problem with studying the classic text Shang Han Lun is that the author Zhang Ji assumes that you have the necessary background information. Very few Chinese Medicine educations spend much time teaching the classics. Which makes studying on your own difficult.
The background information needed is contained in the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen which is known in English as The Yellow Emperor’s Classic. In my ebook I use examples from the Yellow Emperor’s Classic to explain the Treatise on Cold Damage.