Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: The Power of Acupuncture

From Ling Shu, chapter one:

“今夫五脏之疾也,譬犹刺也,犹污也,犹结也,犹闭也。刺虽久,犹可拨也;污虽久,犹可雪也;结虽久,犹可解也;闭虽久,犹可决也。或言久疾之不可取者,非其说也。夫善用针者,取其疾也,犹拨刺也,犹雪污也,犹解结也,犹决闭也。疾虽久,犹可毕也。言不可治者, 未得其术也。” 

“When people contract a disease in their five viscera, it is like having a thorn embedded in the body, like being tarnished, like being tied into a knot, like being closed down.  The thorn although embedded for a long time, can be removed; the tarnish although present for a long time, can be wiped clean; the knot although tied for quite a long time, can be untied; what was closed down can be opened again.  To say that a chronic disease is not curable is speaking incorrectly.  The doctor that is good at acupuncture can find the disease, can remove the thorn, can wipe away the tarnished, can untie the knot, and open the closed.  A disease, although chronic, can be overcome.  Those who say that diseases are incurable, have not mastered the art of acupuncture.”  

The Nei Jing also contains methods of diagnosing terminal diseases.  It does not claim that everyone will live forever by using acupuncture.  The point here, is that it is always helpful to seek acupuncture treatment regardless of the illness. 

Published by Raul Ramirez, L.Ac., Ph.D.

Physician, Catch Wrestler, Kickboxer, Vegan, Progressive

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