Nei Jing Book Club: How Not to Die

While Nei Jing Eastern Medicine does not have an official book club, there are some books that we hope all patients should read. The first such book that we want to recommend is “How Not to Die” by Dr. Michael Gregor. The doctor has a long history helping improve his patients’ health through diet. HeContinue reading “Nei Jing Book Club: How Not to Die”

Korean Constitutional Medicine and the Nei Jing

Korean Constitutional Medicine, or Sasang, is attributed to Dr. Jema Lee (1836~1900).  The premise is that all humans fall into one of four body types, or constitutions. Understanding the differences of each type can help physicians better treat patients as their treatments would become ever more precise.  South Korean researchers at public and private hospitalsContinue reading “Korean Constitutional Medicine and the Nei Jing”

Long Term Physiological Effects of Psychological Stress According to Nei Jing and Modern Research

The physiological effects of psychological stress can linger long in the life of an individual.  The measurable effects from stress begin instantly and endure:“The stress response can be viewed as an intereactional process that causes psychophysiologic reactions that are immediate and can occur up to and including physiologic events three weeks after confrontation with theContinue reading “Long Term Physiological Effects of Psychological Stress According to Nei Jing and Modern Research”

Thoughts on the Efficacy of Acupuncture in Nei Jing

The Nei Jing does not state that needle treatment is effective and that herbal medicine is not effective, but most diseases are curable with needle treatment alone.  Huang Di makes this next statement at the very beginning of Ling Shu, chapter one: “余子万民,养百姓, 而收其租税。余哀其不给,而属有疾病。余欲勿使被毒药,无用砭石,欲以微针痛其经脉,调其血气,营其逆顺出入之会,令可传于后世。”  “I am responsible to all the citizens, [I must] nourish theContinue reading “Thoughts on the Efficacy of Acupuncture in Nei Jing”

Nei Jing Philosophy

Chapter four of the Nei Jing, Su Wen, entitled, “金贵真言论” or “True Sayings form the Golden Cabinet” provides the following philosophical descriptions that will give the basis to understanding disease progression.  They start from the very beginning, Yin and Yang; “阴阳者, 天地之道也,万物之纲纪,变化之父母, 生杀之本始, 神明之府也,治病必求于本。。。阳化气, 阴成形。寒极生热, 热极生寒。” “Yin and Yang are the way of heaven and earth, theContinue reading “Nei Jing Philosophy”

Nei Jing Anecdotes: Fever Contraindications

I received a phone call from a patient the other day.  She was worried about her mother’s fever.  The mother had a fever for over the weekend, then the fever broke.  When the when the fever broke the mother regained her appetite. My patient fed her mother meat with some potatoes.  Soon after, the feverContinue reading “Nei Jing Anecdotes: Fever Contraindications”

Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: Proper Insertion of the Needle.

This passage speaks for itself.  Ling Shu, chapter one: “持针之道,坚者为宝,正指直刺,无针左右,神在秋毫,属意病者,审视血脉者,刺之无殆。” “Technique for holding the needle, hold firmly as if holding a precious treasure, the fingers must be securely set for perpendicular insertion, do not needle [to the] left or right, the spirit is at the tip*, the doctor [must] focus the intention on the disease,Continue reading “Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: Proper Insertion of the Needle.”

Passages from Nei Jing: The Function of the Five Shu Points

Regarding the function of the five Shu points, the Nei Jing is very clear and shows how the disease may effect the Zang-Fu organs and which points to use.  Chapter forty-four of Ling Shu states; “病在脏者,取之井;病变于色者, 取之荥;病时间时甚者;取之输;病变于音者,取之经;经满而血者,病在胃,及以饮食不节得病者,取之于合。。。是谓五变也。” “When the disease is in the Zang organ, choose the Jing-Well point; when the disease changes the complexion, or color of the patient, choose theContinue reading “Passages from Nei Jing: The Function of the Five Shu Points”