The 12 stages of growth

In a BaZi chart not only each branch is compared to the Day Master (the most important comparison is made using the branch of the month) but each pillar is also evaluated independently and each stem is examined in relation to the branch that supports it. The cycle of the “12 stages of growth” (十二长生 literally … Continue reading The 12 stages of growth

“Back Shu” points

“Back shu” (Bei Shu) points are commonly used in modern acupuncture; however, some practitioners claim that needling them is forbidden, others believe that they should be needled for no longer than 10 min or just twisted, flicked and shortly after removed; some others maintain that they can be used but the insertion of needles at these points … Continue reading “Back Shu” points

A fish trap

The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught the trap is forgotten. The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits, and when the rabbits are caught the snare is forgotten. The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are … Continue reading A fish trap

Self cultivation

No scholar pursuing his own nature, who does not make a plan for himself, concerning self-care, will ever be able to partake in any discussion of the path of nourishing life. For this reason we take self-care as primary — SUN SIMIAO from 攝養枕中方 Shzeyang Zhenzhong Fang translated by R. Bertschinger Continue reading Self cultivation

Mr. Yanagiya’s strategy

This post reports in a tabular form Mr. Yanagiya’s strategy for one-meridian deficiency or excess. Diseases are addressed by assessing (through pulse taking) and then treating the meridian out of balance using a selection of Shu-points chosen according to the five elements dynamics (essentially sheng and ke cycle).

This post aims to enhance your knowledge of the five shu points.
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