Selections from Shan Yutang – Annotated Excerpts from the Shanghan Lun with Suggestions for Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy (1984): “Shaoyang”

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By Shan Yutang
Translated by Heiner Fruehauf
3 pages

One of modern China’s last masters of acupuncture interprets shaoyang function and provides a model for transforming Shanghan lun information into elegant point prescriptions.

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One of modern China’s last masters of acupuncture interprets shaoyang function and provides a model for transforming Shanghan lun information into elegant point prescriptions.

Shaoyang represents the birth of yang, and its basic energy is fire. Shaoyang fire is like the initial kindling of a flame, and when it is in a state of disease then it will flare up and make its way into the orifices. It is for this reason that the main shaoyang symptom complex is “bitter mouth, dry throat, and blurred vision.” Shaoyang is the central “door hinge” of the body, which is in charge of moving things, particularly through narrow positions… When treating it by needling, one has to focus exclusively on this hinge function of moving things in and out and to and fro…

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