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Dao of Chinese Medicine by Donald Edward Kendall

By Donald Edward Kendall

Dao of chinese language medication is the 1st Western textual content to make clear the truth of the traditional therapeutic arts of China, revealing that chinese language scientific theories are in keeping with very important physiological findings. this can be not like the Western interpretation, popularized because the Forties and 50s that chinese language medication and acupuncture contain undefined power and blood circulating via imaginary meridians. regrettably, the energy-meridian concept condemned chinese language medication to be seen when it comes to metaphysical ideals, restricting its recognition into mainstream wellbeing and fitness care. It additionally ended in a starting to be frustration to reinvent acupuncture in Western phrases sooner than figuring out the genuine means (dao) of chinese language drugs. Dao of chinese language drugs units the checklist instantly, explaining how historical chinese language physicians constructed a physiologically dependent drugs with the theories supported via human dissection reports and the way chinese language clinical theories are in line with twenty first century reasons approximately how acupuncture works.

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Yellow Emperor, N[SW 5 (Great Treatise on the Proper Representation Clf Yin and Yang) arly medical concepts and superstitions of the founding and Shang periods gave way to rational studies by the middle of the Zhou dynasty. These efforts distinguished fine details of anatomy, physiology, and disease processes. All the main internal organs were correctly identified, and organ pathology was viewed on a physiological, rather than empirical, basis. Another significant observation of the ancient Chinese involved the organization of the body.

Fortunately most of the information from the lost chapters is repeated in the Lingshu volume. Wang Ping's annotated version is the most common edition currently available . Concern has been expressed that he and others altered the Neijing over the years to bring it more in line with contemporary thinking. The consistency of the theories, however, indicates that the original concepts are intact. These cannot be measurably altered without destroying the integrity of the whole text. It seems that Wang Ping's contribution was truly to restore the original copy and to clarify the text by appending interpretations in the Chinese of that period.

One major difference from the Western view is that the Chinese only included the duodenum and jejunum in their description of the small intestine. The heart is responsible for circulating blood, and the greatest number of arterial vessels supply the small intestine (heart distribution vessels) . Hence, the heart was paired with the small intestine. All the bowels are considered exterior organs since they are part of the alimentary canal that communicates with the exterior via the mouth and anus.

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