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”

Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: Heart Meridian has no Shu Points

Shu points are a very special group of five points on each meridian, except the Heart Meridian.  Shu points were added to the Heart meridian in a later book called, Nan Jing, even though the Nei Jing takes the time to explain exactly why the Heart meridian does not have Shu points.  Ling Shu chapterContinue reading “Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing: Heart Meridian has no Shu Points”

Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing #2

The meridians are the foundation of the body.  This importance is poetically described by Huang Di himself in the beginning of Ling Shu, chapter ten.  The young doctor Lei Gong begins the discussion when he asks the following question; 禁服之言,凡刺之理,经脉为始,营其所行,制其度量,内刺五脏,外别六腑。愿尽闻其道。黄帝曰:人始生,先成精,精成而脑随生,骨为干,脉为营,筋为纲,肉为墙,皮肤坚而毛发长,谷入于胃,脉道以通,血气乃行。雷公曰:愿卒闻经脉之始生。黄帝曰:经脉者,所以能决死生,处百病,调虚实,不可不通。 “[Ling Shu, chapter forty-eight, entitled] ‘Jin Fu’ states, every acupuncture theory begins with the meridians,Continue reading “Beautiful Passages from Nei Jing #2”

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?”

Nei Jing and Vegetarianism

There is overwhelming scientific evidence proving the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.  What does the Nei Jing say about animal protein and disease?  The Nei Jing does not make endorse any specific diet.  In fact, meat is recommended as a supplement for one specific case in Ling Shu, chapter nine, along with strongly spicedContinue reading “Nei Jing and Vegetarianism”

The Difference Between “Sham Acupuncture” and “True Acupuncture” Must be Clarified.

As acupuncture and Eastern Medicine become more mainstream, more misleading research is appearing in the news. It is important to clarify any possible mistakes. In an attempt to create a placebo group for acupuncture trials, researchers have been needling nonspecific acupuncture points in what is called, the “sham” acupuncture group, and needling specific acupuncture pointsContinue reading “The Difference Between “Sham Acupuncture” and “True Acupuncture” Must be Clarified.”