The Channel System
a road map of the body
The Channels or Jing Luo System is a basic theory of Eastern Medicine.
On the road with the channel theory
Chinese medicine, as well as other Eastern medicine such as Japanese and Korean, have an important common ground. They are all working with the channel or meridian theory. In this article we want to explore the history of this phenomenon in order to gain more insight into the how and why. In addition, we look at the scope of the channel theory and which aspects are necessary to arrive at a complete understanding. The purpose of this article is only to touch upon these aspects that should help you on your way in your quest for complete understanding.
The Key to the self
Chong Mai is the name of the central channel that connects our most Yin point [Hui Yin] to our most Yang point [Bai Hui]. Chong 衝 means to march, penetrate and / or circulate. The Chong Mai is known for its creative function. Not only those of the internal organization of life but also of important mutations in the process of reproduction. The Chong Mai is also called the sea of womb and blood, the sea of the twelve channels, the sea of Yuan Qi and the origin of the San Jiao.
The way of the needle
Acupuncture simply means the insertion of needles. It’s a technique which is applied in order to achieve healing.
Although acupuncture theory is a fundamental part of the Huang Di Nei Jing, the clinical application of the needle in ancient China was always limited. Warnings are given early on that acupuncture can also cause harm. In books like Zhang Zong Jing’s – Shan Han Lun – it plays only a marginal role. Of the 400 emperors in Chinese history, only a few practiced acupuncture.
After Xu Dachun called acupuncture a ‘lost tradition’ in 1757, the Imperial Medical Academy’s decision to ban acupuncture in 1822 was a very radical one. When Chinese medicine had a revival after 1954, the new acupuncture (modern TCM) became completely different from what was practiced in ancient China. Acupuncture had its best days during the Song Dynasty or the Yuan Dynasty, but now it’s up to us to shape the future of this field.
*Source: Acupuncture in Ancient China – How important wat it really? – Hanjo Lehmann*
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