Su Wen/Simple Questions Annotations


Wu LW, Wu AQ (1997).Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine. (Wang Bing version) Beijing: China Science & Technology Press
Annotated notes by Dr. Roger Batchelor (DAOM, LAC) ©2010 reproducible if not for profit.
Su Wen - Simple Questions  
       
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  Chapter Title Topics  
Chapter 1 On Human preserving health energy in ancient times Universal Truth, Temperance, Mental Health, Aging cycles, Levels of attainment  
Chapter 2 On preserving Health in accordance with the Four seasons Seasonal harmony, 6 stages, prevention  
Chapter 3 On the Human Vital energy connecting with nature Food and tendon, alcohol, sex, Consumption, Bi, value of Yang  
Chapter 4 The truth in the collections of books of the golden chamber Back Shu points first damaged; no massage in winter, LR as Yang within Yin, 5 element correspondences, SP=Spine (25)  
Chapter 5 The corresponding relation between the Yin and Yang of Man and all things with the four seasons Yin/yang as 'Mansions of Spirit', Static vs. Dynamic, St/Intestine = Sea (41), SP and formlessness, heaven = 8, Earth = 5, all orifices = water, Exterior to Interior; organs cured 50%, tx of Yin via Yang  
Chapter 6 The individual activites and the mutual Functionings of Yin and Yang 6 stages: open - pivot - close  
Chapter 7 The Yin and Yang of pulse condition PULSES: Rationale of Renying-Cunkou pulses; 5 primary pulseD; cycles of aging, mental health (40), Ht = Thunder, St=Larynx/pharynx; Laterality  
Chapter 8 The confidential collections in the royal library about the Functions of the twelve visceral Organ roles, emotions, SJ, offices of the twelve viscera  
Chapter 9 The close relation between the viscera in human body with the environment of the outside world Stem/branch astrology, organ Functions, importance of heart (62)  
Chapter 10 The Functions of the five viscera to human body and their mutal relations Flavors, Ke-cycle effects, colors, eye color, and pulses  
Chapter 11 The different Functions between the hollow organs and the extraordinary hollow organs for disestion and elimination Zang Fu odors, Ghosts/Gods = BS, Cun Kou/Qi Kou pulses, don't treat the unwilling; brain, uterus  
Chapter 12 Discriminative treating for patients of different regions Tx modalities by region; Ba Gua  
Chapter 13 On the therapy of transfering through and spirit Importance of complexion, ancient way of life (avoid fame), clinic setting, confidentiality, spiritedness sign, complexion = Sun, Pulse = Moon  
Chapter 14 On the rice soup, turBid wine and sweet wine complexion & pulse most important; Acupuncture cannot treat Shen; patient root - doctor branch; Tx Consumption  
Chapter 15 Methods of palpation for measuring and distinguishing the diseases recorded on the jade tablet Guest color (nose); Ke Pulses  
Chapter 16 The essentials of diagnosis and the symptoms of the severing of the twelve channels Seasonal needling, 6 stage features  
Chapter 17 The essentials and Fundamentals of diagnostic palpation Dreams [cf LingShu/LS ch. 43, SW ch. 80], seasonal pulse, complexion = older, forearm microsystem, chi pulse microsystem  
Chapter 18 On the normal pulse of a person Pulse rate & seasons, healthy pulse; ST Luo  
Chapter 19 The valuable collections of the jade plate on the pulse condition indicating the exhaustion of the visceral energy (Dud) pathogen transmission  
Chapter 20 On the three parts and the nine sub parts of the pulse Heaven, Human, Earth - 9 pulses  
Chapter 21 Further comments on channel Six stage pulses, emotional effects (anger)  
Chapter 22 On the relation between energies of five viscera and the four seasons 6 level pulses (120)  
Chapter 23 Expounding on the energies of five viscera Effect of day on disease, five normal pulses, flavors, foods, poisoning drugs, expel evils; herb flavors  
Chapter 24 On blood, energy, body and spirit mental state of patient, bleeding treatments  
Chapter 25 Following the principle of nature in treating Mental process of needling, Shen of practice  
Chapter 26 The realation between the weather change of eight main solar terms and the pruging and the invigorating by acupuncture Weather, lunar effects  
Chapter 27 Matters needing attention in acupuncture Pulses, wind, tonification/sedation, 9 part pulses (vague) [begin/end of chapter], separate/unite, true evil;  
Chapter 28 On the asthenia and sthenia Jing Luo, forearm microsystem  
Chapter 29 On the relations between and the superficies and interior of TaiYin and Yangming channels SP/ST, Zang v. Fu disease, season of spleen, exterior vs interior  
Chapter 30 The explaination on the Yangming channel Yang mania  
Chapter 31 On febrile disease 6 stages, Yang ming most important  
Chapter 32 Acupuncture for treating the febrile diseases of the viscera 5 types of fevers; face diagnosis L=LR, R=LU, Cervical points for heat  
Chapter 33 On febrile disease Uterus belongs to heart (170; boring otherwise)  
Chapter 34 On maladjustments Gall bladder = ministerial fire; stomach disease equals restless; Luo = minor disease  
Chapter 35 On malaria Wei circulation in spine - 25 day cycle.  Bleeding technique  
Chapter 36 On treating malaria and acupuncture 6 level symptoms, Treat first pain site (time & energy)  
Chapter 37 The diseases due to the intertranference of cold and heat evils between various organs    
Chapter 38 On cough coughs differentiated; SJ  
Chapter 39 On the pathology of pain Cold invasions & transformations; joy, tremor anxiety (195); back shu points (193); Yellow/red = heat; white = cold, green black = pain  
Chapter 40 On abdominal diseases Chicken shit wine; treat diabetes (rich mans disease) with no delicious foods or fragrant/strong herbs  
Chapter 41 The pricking therapy for lumbago of various channels Lumbago differentiated --rich  
Chapter 42 On wind evil Some facial diagnosis  
Chapter 43 On Bi Disease 5 Bi; numbness (skin)  
Chapter 44 On flaccidity Strokes; Chong (215)  
Chapter 45 On Jue syndrome Heat = feet; cold = knees, sex = cold; alcohol = heat; six stages; Jue syndrome; alcohol is violent (217)  
Chapter 46 On various diseases Mania (221); rage SI 16, SJ 17; hangover herbal tx (222)  
Chapter 47 On extraordinary disease Spleen heat and diabetes (224)  
Chapter 48 On strange diseases Death pulses --ho-hum  
Chapter 49 On channels headache, Mania, deafness: miscellaneous disease causality --mostly floating Yang  
Chapter 50 The essentials of acupuncture Levels: Skin to bone  
Chapter 51 The proper depth of pricking Levels: Skin to bone  
Chapter 52 The forBidden position in pricking KI = internal; Ht = exterior; forbidden/caution points  
Chapter 53 On treating asthenia and sthenia with acupuncture Normal versus abnormal patterns - prognosis  
Chapter 54 Explaination on needles 9 needles; Big picture correspondences; needles  
Chapter 55 Supplemental commentary on pricking Low abdominal pain & GB 29, hernia, mania, epilepsy, leprosy  
Chapter 56 On the parts of the skin Zone therapy theory; Bi vs pain; Jing vs. Luo; 6 stage descriptions (axle, etc.)  
Chapter 57 On collaterals Colors of channels: superficial = weather, deep=organ  
Chapter 58 On acupoints Point location  
Chapter 59 The acupoints associate with various channels Point location  
Chapter 60 On the cavity of the bone Extra channels: Specific points & pathways, UB 45  
Chapter 61 On the Shu points for treating the fluid retention syndrome and fever Shu points for fever; edema tx; ST 36 point location (282-3), treatment during seasons, shu points in autumn etc  
Chapter 62 On adjusting the channels by pricking 5 Xu/Shi: spirit, energy, blood, form shape, will & KI 7, Qi/Xue balance, intemperance - Yin xu (289); when to use contralateral tx (292)  
Chapter 63 On contralateral pricking Disease progresion: Skin - Luo - Jing - Fu - Zang; when to use cold and hot treatment, contra-lateral, Luo and contra lateral, specific Luo symptom treatment, moon cycles  
Chapter 64 The regular and adverse treatments of acupuncture in the four seasons 6 stage xu / shi; Spring = Channel; Summer = Luo; Autumn = Skin; HT = belch, LR = Yawn; KI = Sneeze; Sp = Swallowing  
Chapter 65 The branch and root and the transfering sequence of the disease Treatment sequence of disease; Ke cycle transfer of dz  
Chapter 66 The Yin and Yang of the five elements motion and the six kinds of weather as the guiding principles of the universe Sx pathologies (Sp = slow stool, etc)  
Chapter 67 On the five elements motion Emotions (last pages), general correspondences  
Chapter 68 The exquisite meaning of the six energies Wow!  
Chapter 69 Changes in the intersection of energies celestial/weather signs of disease, pathology; Ke cycle-parent-revenge of child (345-7); planetary correspondence (348), five motion principles, astrology dismissed (348)  
Chapter 70 On the energies of the five elements motion Correspondences, principles  
Chapter 71 On the changes and symbols of the five elements motion and the six kinds of weather in the cycle of sixty years    
Chapter 72 On pricking therapy Lost  
Chapter 73 On the source of disease Lost  
Chapter 74 The various changes in th dominations of the six energies and their relations with the diseases 6 stage  
Chapter 75 The supreme principle wich relates to heaven, earth and man Herbs & strategies (if exterior first, treat exterior)  
Chapter 76 Diagnose according to the estrablished norm in a leisured way Set mind at ease to diagose; Life cycles: youth=channel, work, activity; midlife= Zang, sex; Elder - Fu organ, nourishment  
Chapter 77 The five faults in diagnosis and treating "The great abyss of this medicine"; emotions & happiness; effects of status & wealth  
Chapter 78 The four reasons in the failure of treating Errors in diagnosis & thinking  
Chapter 79 On the three Yin channels and the three Yang channels 6 stage; pulses; family roles  
Chapter 80 On the prosperity and debility of the Yin and Yang energies Laterality: Arms Left ==> Right, Legs R => L; Dreams  [cf SW 17, LS 43]; Xu/Shi, Teaching caveats; Life cycles (Elders' Qi rises while youths descends); Teaching; Hospice/ terminal illness care  
Chapter 81 Interpretation of the subtle reason of the falling of tears KI / Zhi; tear and mucus/brain relationship