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This Acupuncture Source Book is appropriate for anyone wanting to know more about Chinese acupuncture. The compilation of the information for this book was my method of studying for the acupuncture licensing examination. Therefore, it may be very good for licensing exam preparation. It is also intended to be a quick reference guide in professional practice.
This book concisely and completely compiles information from commonly used text sources studied in acupuncture schools today, and organizes the information to be referenced quickly. It systematically summarizes the history of Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion, energetic theory, diagnostic method, syndrome evaluation, and treatment method. The appendices include the diagnostic arts of body analysis, face analysis, and hand analysis, and additional treatment modalities utilizing acupoints, electro-acupuncture, acupuncture anesthesia, auricular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, Korean hand acupuncture, cupping, and gua sha. The sources are referenced at the beginning of each section in tabular form and at the beginning of each subsection in parentheses. All figures are located at the end of the document and referenced throughout.
In ancient China, the Taoists believed that sickness came to those who were unrighteous, or lived incorrectly; sinned. Living morally and frugally, by collecting good deeds, was the principal technique for a Taoist adept to become an immortal, or harmonize the spirit with the source of creation.
"Maintain yourself in calm non-intervention, and there will be no need for exorcism or invocation; the Tao is here and not far away, and our fate lies in ourselves, not in the exterior world." Zhuangzi
This book serves as a quick reference guide that provides diagnostic differentiations and treatment plans for common biomedical (western) syndromes using Traditional Chinese Medicine. This book is appropriate for TCM professionals. It is recommended that the reader have a background in TCM etiology, pathogenesis, and differentiation and treatment prior to using this manual.
The information is presented in tabular format for quick referencing. The common syndromes are classified according to anatomical system, and generally arranged from exterior to interior, or superior to inferior. The common syndromes are introduced by biomedical (western) definition, and then differentiated according to TCM by row. The table consists of four columns. Columns 1 and 2 differentiate common syndromes by compiling diagnostic information, while Columns 3 and 4 formulate treatment plans by compiling acupuncture and herbal prescriptions.
The holy sages were divine, hence they knew the future; they were wise, hence they stored up the past.- Yijing as quoted in Da Liu
The word Tao (Dao) means way, or more specifically way of truth. This book concisely presents methods of Taoist divination (zhan), or mystic mathematics (shu), which is structured by an intricately unfolding pantheon cosmology. Taoist divination provides the practitioner with a clear perspective of the source of creation through the application of the philosophy of nature. Focusing on the source, improves the quality of life by defining the path of immortality, which is followed by the Taoist adept (daoren) for becoming the sage (shengren). Divination is fundamentally applied as a cosmological code (earth-external) and philosophical guide (heaven-internal) for facilitating the success of interior alchemy (neidan) (the process of returning the spirit to the divine origin).
When the ideogram for divination (zhan) is broken apart, the upper radical translates as upper and the lower mouth. This analysis of upper mouth implies the meaning divine message. The interpretations of divination, particularly the methods of astrology, a derivative of astronomy (mathematics in space-time), prompted the derivation of Yijing (Book of Changes) oracle symbols, which lead to the invention of writing. Divination opens communication with heaven through various conjunctive methods. Correct timing (astrology), orientation (geomancy), and design (alchemy) allows the revelation of the oracle to whisper the way of truth.
Taoist divination makes the unpredictable predictable through the interpretation of evident natural patterns. It is the mathematical tool that observes a natural philosophy (spiritual principles) for regulating an intuitive practice (physical instincts). Divination is a way of formulating intuitive ritual through mystic calculation. It transforms the concept of coincidence into integrated event synchronicity through intuitive interpretation. Since prediction and calculation have the same meaning in Chinese (suan), they did not distinguish between numerology and mathematics.
Taoist divination, a diagnostic discipline of Taoist medicine, is the art of understanding reality (predicting portents) by utilizing such modalities as astrology, geomancy, Yijing calculation, and biomancy (analysis of the face, body and hand). Astrology predicts the inherited fortune (karmic condition) bestowed by heaven. Geomancy predicts the fortune in personal harmony with the environment. Body and face analysis predicts the fortune in ones outer appearance. Hand analysis predicts the fortune in ones inner self (personality). Yijing oracle mathematics provides the symbolic cosmic code as philosophical guidance for spiritual alchemy.
DAOZHAN chapters are also available in separate books (see sample above):
This book combines hand modalities (diagnostic and therapeutic) from various oriental medical systems, founded upon a philosophy-religion in harmony with nature, in order to thoroughly evaluate, diagnose and treat the human body through the hand alone. Mudra Tantra surveys these hand modalities in chronological sequence according to their emergence and/or flourishing in world (oriental) culture. This book concisely yet completely compiles information from selected text sources, and organizes the information into tables and figures to be referenced quickly.
The main text systematically surveys Vedic-Tantric Mudra (hand gestures, or divine seals) as mental yoga in the hands, an extension or completion of yoga posture (asana); primary active therapy. Mudra meditation for alchemical/spiritual transformation via hand gesture is an active therapy, rather than a passive therapy (eg. patient receiving acupuncture, or reflexology massage).
The main text will survey Ayurveda History (Vedic Medicine and Tantric Mysticism), Vedic Cosmology, Tantric (Yogic) Energetic Theory (these initial sections are excerpts from Marmashastra: Ayurveda Bio-Energetics, by Hamilton), and tabularize practical (therapeutic, spiritual) data via the Mudra Index (the texts practical focus), to provide the reader with a deeper cosmological hence therapeutic understanding of the origins of mudra theory and intentions behind mudra function.
The Mudra Index lists various names and their translations, describes the hand gesture, the particular posture, breathing, visualization, affirmation, repetition, duration, and frequency associated with practice, as well as compares variations in practice and cross-cultural similarities with other hand gestures based on their posture. The index also assesses religious traditions, and mudra energetic indications [ie. element (mahabhuta), energy center (chakra), meridian (nadi), point (marma)] based on elemental relationships, while interweaving spiritual, mental, and physical functions, etiology and therapeutic notes, and including comparable/conjunctive herbal remedies.
The appendices survey supplemental hand modalities (eg. Chinese Palmistry, Korean Hand Acupuncture, Hand Reflexology and Acupressure) which may be considered to have developed out of the traditions of mudra practice. The combination of supplemental appendices with the mudra practicum provides a more complete and developed system of medicine in hand.
Mudra Tantra is published in two versions: the Comprehensive Text, and the Index (or pocket guide).
MUDRA TANTRA: Medicine in Hand; Mudra Index (abridged); © 2012. (176 pgs); $15.
The inspiration to compile and write this reference text on the classical Chinese ‘garden-landscape’ (yuan lin), and build a traditional feng shui plant table, came through the necessity to more deeply understand and hence expand on the “Garden” feature of the “Geomancy” section of Daozhan: Divination Resource for Daoist Calculation, (3rd edition).
The objectives of this text, ‘Garden Woods Wind Water’ (Yuan Lin Feng Shui), include:
Definition: to expand upon a considered feature, the garden, in the divinatory practice of Chinese-Taoist geomancy (Kanyu; Feng Shui);
Introduction: to describe the classical Chinese landscape garden, within the context of geomancy, by term, form, function, user or participant, and feature;
History: to summarize and outline historical developments and examples of Chinese geomantic (feng shui) gardening/horticulture, which have been in existence since the inception of Chinese civilization (Shang dynasty), and have influenced the creation of the modern Western (ie. European and American) gardens in recent history; this section includes explanations on- i) the interchange between the classical Chinese garden and Chinese art and literature; ii) the classical Chinese garden taking a natural philosophical direction, or following the ecstatic Taoist path towards immortality; iii) the influence of the classical Chinese garden abroad (ie. Japan, Europe) through the visitation of the Chinese gardens, cultural exchanges, and the initial writings on Chinese feng shui gardens by Westerners;
Design: to summarize and outline the main ideas behind the design of the Chinese classical garden, or scholar garden, through the identification and explanation of: i) the various types of garden design features; ii) the five basic design principles; iii) some basic guidelines; iv) planning aspects;
Traditional Chinese Feng Shui Plants (table): to build a quick reference guide for traditional plants native to China, in an outlined tabular format, which compiles pertinent plant information (see criteria below) for geomantic use; the table is divided into 3 columns: i) identification: names, photographs and drawings; ii) energetics: polarity, symbolism; iii) description (of species and genus): plant type, foliage, landscape uses, native habitat, general description; cultivation; feng shui use;
This text depicts classical China as an ancient origin for the geomantic art of gardening or horticulture, used not only for encouraging natural ornamental beauty to inspire the ecstatic quest for immortality, but also for the more practical purposes of producing food, medicine, art, and influencing culture. Perhaps this ancient horticultural origin was due to the fact that many of the plants used and celebrated in gardening today are native to China.
‘Oriental Astrology’ is the first work contained within the larger embodiment of ‘Mathematics: Theoretical Cosmology and Divination’ (which is one of three separate larger works, explaining the overall work of ‘Anthropocosm’), serves as a reference text for aiding in the derivation of astrological horoscopes, through either separate or the combined integration of their various traditional-religious systems (listed below). The information discovered from astrological divination assisted the mystic in spiritual advancement through the clear interpretation of the karmic condition, from which an appropriate medical remedy could then be created.
[also Book 1 of ‘INDIAN VEDIC-HINDU ASTROLOGY AND GEOMANCY: Divination Science For Dwelling In Harmony With Light On Nature (JYOTISH VASTU SHASTRA), 2021]
Jyotish/Jyotisha, or Vedic-Hindu astrology, transliterates to actually refer to the study of the celestial body (ie. stars and planets; gods) ‘radiance/emanation’ (rashmi), or influence of ‘light upon <human> life’; the language of jyotish communicates through its words (ie. planets, constellations, and houses), which are interpreted by the jyotishi. Jyotish is a spiritual practice (sadhana), or a path of spiritual transformation, through observation, calculation, representation, interpretation, realization, and remedy <of the karmic condition>.
[also Book 3 of ‘DAOZHAN: Divination Resource for Taoist Calculation, 3rd ed. 2015-2020]
Chinese Taoist astrology (占星術 zhanxingshu), the heavenly art of divination derived from the science of astronomy (number in space-time), literally translates as ‘divination through star number,’ meaning receiving divine messages from celestial orbits or cycles.
This study integrates sources from the Bӧn religion, Chinese Taoist astrology (Zhanxingshu) and cosmology, Indian Vedic-Hindu astrology (Jyotish), and Buddhist Kalachakra Tantra. The compilation of data for this book inspired the format for the overall work on ‘Oriental Astrology.’
To understand the human condition <microcosm> of health and disease, a greater perspective on the pertaining astronomical/astrological (zodiac) condition <macrocosm> is required, to reveal the true state of affairs. The child in the womb is the epitome of the zodiac; astrology assesses the karmic condition of the human being. The tradition of medical astrology
[Vedic-Hindu: an aspect of astrology (jyotish); Egyptian Jatromathematics; Paracelsus (1493/4-1541 CE; Swiss physician, alchemist, lay theologian, and philosopher of the German Renaissance) called ‘medical astrology’ (medicina adepta)],
the observation/perception of stellar rule/laws (astrology) upon the human condition (medicine), has been largely lost, or disconnected [ie. the symbol for drug/medical prescription (℞) derives from an invocation to the planet Jupiter (♃); how many practicing doctors today are aware of this], due to the progression of materialism (which emphasizes the independent separate parts of the whole; rather than the ancient perspective of emphasizing the whole integrating its parts).
According to medical tradition, only two hundred years ago, individuals who entered the profession of medical doctor were obliged to pass an astrological examination; if such an individual was found deficient in astrological science knowledge, then that individual was considered unfit to practice medicine.
The purpose of medical astrology is to find the planet, which causes the trouble, and then to apply the remedy contrary in nature. Medical astrology is the art of observing the principles and influences of heaven, discovering the proper herbal remedy of earth to create balance within the human being.
This work combines the two Vedic divination works, INDIAN VEDIC-HINDU ASTROLOGY: LIGHT ON LIFE (JYOTISH), and INDIAN VEDIC-HINDU-BUDDHIST GEOMANCY: DWELLING IN HARMONY WITH NATURE (VASTU).
‘Oriental Geomancy’ is the second work contained within the larger embodiment of ‘Mathematics: Theoretical Cosmology and Divination,’ serves as a reference text for aiding in the design of buildings (ie. dwellings and temples), through either separate or the combined integration of their various traditional-religious systems (listed below). The information discovered from geomantic divination assisted the mystic in spiritual advancement through the clear interpretation of the karmic condition, from which an appropriate medical remedy could then be created.
The divination science of Indian geomancy (vastu), a method that essentially involves harmonizing with nature (Earth and the cosmos) through proper orientation, guides the science (shastra) of architectural design and construction. ‘Geomancy science’ (Vastu shastra)
is not only defined as ‘architecture science’ or ‘science of dwelling,’ but also as ancient Indian <Sanskrit> manuals/texts (ie. incorporating traditional Hindu, and sometimes Buddhist philosophy) on various architectural aspects (ie. theory, design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement, and spatial geometry; of temples (mandirs), houses, towns, cities, gardens, roads, water works, shops, etc.; some vastu shastras include chapters on astrology and rituals for buildings). Vastu designs are based on the integration of architecture with nature via the ancient Indian tradition of utilizing perfect <sacred> geometric patterns (yantra), symmetry, and directional alignments, or proper orientation. The architects and artists (silpins) created using the principles of vastu.
The general application of vastu provides protection from subtle negative influences, while attracting positive energy that assists the occupant’s health, prosperity, and wisdom.
[also Book 4 of ‘DAOZHAN: Divination Resource for Taoist Calculation, 3rd ed. 2015-2020]
[Chin.: ‘endure(ing) carriage/world’; ‘geomancy’ (堪輿 kanyu); later known as ‘wind water’ (風水 feng shui); i) ‘wind’ (風feng) = wood/ether; most refined element; fifth essence; is the elemental vehicle of heaven; ii) ‘water’ (水shui) = most yielding element; is the elemental vehicle of earth; iii) ‘wind water’ (風水 feng shui) = heaven and earth interacting in environmental harmony)]
is the terrestrial equivalent of astrology, examining the earth’s topological affect upon winds and waters. The patterns of ‘lines/marks’ (紋 wen) (sim. bone oracle cracks) in heaven (ie. star constellations) reflect the patterns on earth (ie. mountains) [sim. ‘veins in jade’ (玟 wen)]. Geomancy analyzes space and enhances earth fortune, while astrology analyzes time and reveals heaven fortune. It is the science of putting human habitats and activities into harmony with the visible and invisible surrounding world.
Geomancy recognizes cosmic power points, or energy vortexes that penetrate the earth’s surface. Astrological influences on the seasons (wind) and water source locations may be utilized in geomancy in order to propagate temple architecture and successful agriculture. Becoming familiar with these influential patterns of wind and water invite successful insights into foretelling future cycles seen in nature.
Alternate meaning for geomantic “feng shui” <referring to wind and water>: “that which cannot be seen and cannot be grasped”; this traditional saying to explain the original meaning and purpose of feng shui, reveals the true Chinese geomancy <method>; the duty of the ancient practitioners <of feng shui>, the ritual exorcist priest (方相氏 fangxiangshi), was to ‘scrutinize the directions,’ in order to redirect evil energy, or diffusing <electromagnetic> energy <at points/sites> moving in currents through the ‘Dragon Pulse’ (pinyin: 龍脈 long mai; Wade Giles: lung mei; aka. Dragon Lines; or the energy meridian network of the planet Earth- Earth Grid; magnetosphere layer of the atmosphere; Gaia; etc.).
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