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”

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”

Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: Which is Smaller, a Needle or a Sword?

There are many beautiful passages in Nei Jing.  This ongoing series will share many of the most poetic with hopes that everyone will enjoy them. In Ling Shu, chapter sixty, Qi Bo explains the vast importance of the needle to Huang Di.  黄帝曰:余以小针为细物也,夫子乃言上合之于天,下合之于地,中合之于人,余以为过针之意矣,愿闻其故。岐伯日:何物大于天乎?夫大于针者,惟五兵者焉。五兵者,死之备也,非生之具。且夫人者,天地之镇也,其不可不参乎?夫治民者,亦惟针焉。夫针之与五兵,其孰小乎? Huang Di inquires, “All needles are small and slender objects, some sayContinue reading “Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: Which is Smaller, a Needle or a Sword?”