Luo Channels

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  1. Hi Elio,

    Not sure if this is the place to ask, but…
    I want to learn the internal pathways of the channels, but I read different things in different places.

    In Peter Deadman’s Manual of Acupuncture they travel one way, but I was reading another book, “Hara Diagnosis: Reflections on the sea” by Matsumoto and Birch, where the pathways are different. Not in a major way, but there is still a difference. Is there a text which you recommend above others for its accuracy and depth in terms of the internal pathways of the channels? Or is it simply a matter of different people having different interpretations of the classics?

    1. Pathways (internal and external) always serve a purpose which in turn is reflected in a specific narrative (i.e. what I explained in class about an internal connection from Ki2 – RanGu to Sp8 – DiJi serves the purpose to describe the production of GuQi along the channels). The LingShu is not detailed about internal pathways and most of the work was done by later commentators. Deadman has the simplest description of the pathways, Eliis and Wiseman are more detailed (and the external ones are closer to the actual description of the LingShu). Hara diagnosis is extremely interesting because reports versions from different commentators. In my opinion the point is not whether an internal pathway is more or less detailed than another but rather what narrative is serving. Does this answer your question?

      1. Thanks very much for your reply, Elio. You have partly answered my question and told me some other useful things about this topic, but with this answer you have given me more questions! I will first read from Ellis and Wisemans’ book on Tuesday (when I am next in the college library) and then write back to you about this.

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