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  • The Symbolism of Tao in Acupuncture Liu Hongbin
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  • etymological research of acupuncture points art of its naming the Tao of Needling.
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  • Why? I argue why practitioners should go beyond memorising the acupuncture points as numbers, using rather their original names, which are encoded with the philosophy of Tao.The Tao finds its law in the affirmation of nature.
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  • Returning to the Tao and the archetype of the River Map and Luo Shu whole of Chinese civilisation based on Taoism most influential physicians of Chinese medicine have been Taoists formed and shaped Chinese medicine Taoist philosophy is the cornerstone of Chinese medicine Taoist perspective about the cosmos shares much in common with modern science In my opinion, Chinese Medicine is arguably the science of science.
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  • The Beginning Of The World Is Void, Emptiness And Nothingness.
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  • Huang Lao Philosophy ( Three Classics I Ching Book of Changes Lao Zi Huangdi Neijing
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  • Reading in Classical Text in original Chinese- Tao, Way, Reading Classical Text in English translation, Word. Logos,( Greek philosophy, absolute idea)
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  • Archetype of Chinese thought Cornerstone of Chinese medicine
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  • Nine Palace
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  • Taiji Tu did not appear until Song Dynasty, Chen Tuan /
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  • What is Tao? Yin and Yang makes the Tao ( ) (They are opposite to each other, but yield to each other). This is the basis of the existence of the universe. Reaching for balance such movement never stops.
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  • What does Tao Look Like? There was something formless yet complete, That existed before heaven and earth; It is calm, it is formless, It stands alone and changes not! Reaching everywhere and inexhaustible, It may be regarded as Mother of the Universe.
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  • I do not know its name. For a title we call it the Tao. If I forced to give it a name we call it the great. Now Tao also means passing on, And passing on means going Far Away, And going far away means returning.
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  • Man finds his law in the Earth. The earth finds its law in Heaven, Heaven finds its law in the Tao, The Tao finds its law in the affirmation of Nature,
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  • Single Yin will not grow, lone Yang will not survive. In Tao is Unity of life, In Unity is Duality of Life, In Duality is Trinity of Life, In Trinity all beings have life. ( Lao Zi, Chapter 42)
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  • The energy-points for affecting the channels are all located in specific positions and all have their definite names. ( Lao Zi, Chapter 5)
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  • What is Tao and one? interpreted as the ontology of Emptiness and Nothingness Emptiness and Nothingness are the ultimate source of being ( ) Taoism is a natural philosophy lays emphasis on Heavens relationship to Man Heaven and Man are in harmony. Heaven and Man are one. For Example: twelve rivers then in China, it followed the twelve meridians were named after them 365 days a year, so there 361 acupuncture points in the human body to correspond with that
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  • Understood simply, our attempt as practitioners of acupuncture to readjust the flux of Qi within the body can be seen as realigning the natural harmony between Heaven and Man.
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  • Acupuncture points are first named in the Neijing. The Neijing is heavily influenced by Taoism. It is later on collected in the Taoist Cannon. There are over fifty names of acupuncture points are from the Taoist classic Yellow Palace Scripture.
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  • Such as: Hugi REN-20 (Magnificent Canopy) Xunj REN-21 (Jade Pivot) Tinsh ST-25 (Heavens Pivot) Nitng ST-44 (Inner Courtyard) Jqun HE-1 (Summit Spring) Qnglng HE-2 (Green Spirit) Tibi SP-3 (Supreme White) Tiy ST-23 (Supreme Unity) Lngdo HE-4 (Spirit Path) Shnmn HE-7 (Spirit Gate)
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  • Acupuncture points are the sites into which Qi and blood are fused. Each has its own location and name. Sun Simiao pinpoints that as, for the acupuncture points, they are not randomly named, every name bears a significant meaning. (Sun Simao, Thousand Golden Ducats Prescriptions AD 652) -
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  • Often each given name of the acupuncture point indicates its diagnostic and therapeutic significance On the other hand, when the acupuncture points are reduced to numbers and letters, the change can result in Derivation while there may be clarity of logic, yet the meaning remains linear. It is somehow deficient.
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  • Science and Taoism Science and Taoism have something in common. The advancement of science is based on hypothesis, while Taoism by way of the unreal attains the real. Jie jia huan zhen To make something out of nothing. Wu zheng sheng you. It is not Chinese medicine which has been left behind, it is that Western science is still not sophisticated enough to interpret Chinese medicine. . For example Da Dao zhi dian. The great Tao is simple in the extreme.
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  • 1. Names referring to anatomical landmarks: Wng SI-4 (Wrist Bone) on the lunar border of the hand, in the depression between the base of the fifth metacarpal bone and the triquetral bone. Rgn ST-18 (Root of the Breast) , directly below the nipple, in the fifth intercostal space. Qunlio SI-18 (Cheek Bone Crevice) directly below the outer canthus, in the depression of the lower border of the Zygomatic Bone. Dzhu DU-14 (Great Vertebra) in a depression below the spinous process of the 7 th cervical vertebra, Hempen and Chow translated this point to Great Hammer, Deadmans Great Vertebra is obviously better.
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  • 2. Named according to its particular clinical indications: Jing ming and Guangming for eye problems: Jngmng BL-1 (Bright Eyes) a depression in the middle and slightly above the inner canthus of the eye Gungmng GB-37 (Bright Light) 5 cun superior to the prominence of the lateral malleolus, at the anterior border of the fibula. Shuifeng and Shuidao for edema: Shufn REN-9 (Water Separation or Water Divide), is one cun above the umbilicus, regulates fluids and stabilizes water metabolism. Shudo ST-28 (Water Passage or Waterway), , is 3 cun below the umbilicus, 2 cun lateral to the middleline, clears damp-heat in the lower burner and benefits the bladder. Qianzhen is for: Qian zhen, EX-HN-20,(Pull Aright) , is 0.5-1 cun in front of the ear lobe, at a point that is tender or where a tubercle can be palpated. Expels wind, pareses of the facial muscles.
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  • 3. The name of Acupunctures points are analogous to astrophysical stars, landform, rivers and seas Ryu GB-24 (Sun and Moon) Shngxng DU-23 (Upper Star) Tiy ST-23 (Supreme Unity) Chngshn BL-57 (Support the Mountain) Dlng P-7 (Great Mound) Shngqi SP-5 (Shang Mound) Tix KID-3 (Supreme Stream) Hg L.I.-4 (Joining Valley) Qz P-3 (Marsh at the Crook) Yngqun KID-1 (Gushing Spring) Xiohi SI-8 (Small Sea) Sd SJ-9 (Four Rivers)
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  • 4. Naming as and relating to animals and plants: Using animal and plant names to illustrate the position and the image, for example: Crouching Rabit fu tu,ST-32 Fish Border yu ji( LU-10) Calfs Nose du bi(ST-35) Cranes Summit (N-LE-27 Gathered Bamboo (BL-2) Mouth Grain Crevice (L.I.19)
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  • 5. Names inspired by architecture: Celestial well tian jing (TB-10) Hall of Impression ying tang (EX-HN-5) Great Tower Gate ju que(CV-14) Brains Door nao hu(D-17) Room Screen wu yi (ST-15) Breast Window Yngchung (ST-16) Kfng ST-14 (Storehouse) Dcng ST-4 (Earth Granary) Qh ST-13 (Qi Door) Lingmn ST-21 (Beam Gate)
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  • 6. Naming based on the theory of Chinese medicine: Naming according to the location of the transport point, its indication, Ying Yang, Zangfu, meridians, such as: Ynlngqun SP-9 (Yin Mound Spring) Ynglngqun GB-34 (Yang Mound Spring) Xnsh BL-15 (Heart Shu)
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  • Taoism has definitive influence on Chinese medicine The source for this research is Taoism I Ching ( the Book of Changes, the major Taoist text) Chinese medicine share the same fountain source The I Ching is the primary classic of all classics Some say the principle of Chinese medicine originates from the I Ching they wind up being deeply connected in thought, language and practice Other important points of reference are the Taiji Tu (Taichi diagram) He Tu (River Map) As the archetype of Chinese civilization, they can be seen as the collective subconscious of the Chinese people and Chinese thought It is not an exaggeration to say that the whole of Chinese civilization comes from the River Map, and therefore by inference so does Chinese medicine
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  • Lao Zi Taoist Philosophy and Yellow Emperor Internal Classics are the cornerstone of Chinese Medicine LaoZi: Everything bears Yin in the back and embrace Yin in the front. ( ) Zhuang Zi There is law governing heaven and earth, and it is hidden latent in Yin and Yang. He goes on to elaborate Stillness is the virtue of Yin, while movement and yang both manifest change.


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