The Preservation of Health

Huang Di asks of Qi bo, of the changes of the season and the sky, and of nature, and in them he asks of the human body if there isĀ  a method or a way to understand the nature of change.

Qi bo replies in stating the five elemental principle, that is universal and that it can be applied to the myriad of things in the universe, and in this he states of the practitioner.

“There are five requisites for an effective practitioner. Most physicaians ignore these 5 edicts. First, one must have unity of mind and spirit, with undistracted focus. Second, one must understand and practice the Tao of self-preservation and cultivation. Third, one must be familiar with the true properties and actions of each herb. Fourth, one must be proficient in the art of acupuncture. Fifth, one must know the art of diagnosis. When one follows these edicts one will be effective. With acupuncture one can tonify the deficient and sedate the excess. But if one can observe the yin and yang laws of the universe and truly apply their essence to treatment, the result will be even better. This is like a shadow following form. There is no secret here. It is that simple.”

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Huang di nei jing su wen

Lately, I have been going over this classic, trying to build a stronger foundation. I’ve spent the beginning of this year, just simply focusing more on qigong, and tai ji chuan more than anything. However, due to the nature of my education at Pacific College, my practice, has been very much all over the board. Having been exposed to many techniques of acupuncture, from TCM to Meridian, to Trigger point therapy, the basis of the technique and theory still is quite elusive to me. I have found myself very much tied to the simplicity of Five phase, however, though, to see how the evolution of the philosophy fits in with a clinical practice still remains to be seen. There is much contraversy over whether the practical therapeutics of the medicine or the theory of the medicine dominated. So much where, many times one surmounts the other. Getting in touch with the classics would in one way would allay my doubts and help me find roots in a historical development and see where I would find myself in the here and now. There is so much scholastic work, but I do not see myself falling in the route, of translation of original chinese text.