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The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine Paperback – December 2, 2002
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The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine or Huangdi Neijing (more accurately translated as: Yellow Thearch's Inner Classic) is the seminal text of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and covers the theoretical foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, diagnosis methods and treatment methods. The Huangdi Neijing (commonly referred to as the Neijing) is composed of two books, namely, the Suwen or (Plain Questions -- 81 chapters or treatises. Note, for two of the chapters only the titles are known, the contents are lost.) and the Lingshu (Spiritual Pivot -- also 81 chapters). Modern scholars believe the first book, the Suwen, was compiled and edited over a long period of time from the third century BCE to 1053 CE (Song Dynasty).
The Neijing departs from the older shamanistic belief that disease was caused by magical influences. In the Neijing the natural effects of diet, lifestyle, emotions, environment, age and heredity are the reason diseases develop. The universe is composed of various forces and principles and these forces can be understood via logical means and humans can stay in balance or return to balance and health by understanding the laws and theories of these natural forces. Central to the Neijing is the notation that humans are a microcosm that mirrors the larger macrocosm, thus the principles of yin and yang, qi, the five elements, the environmental factors of wind, damp, hot and cold and so on that are part of the macrocosm or Universe equally apply to the human microcosm.
CONTENTS OF VEITH'S BOOK
The version Veith translated is the authoritative version known as the: Chong Guang Bu Zhu Huangdi Neijing Suwen. She translated:
(i) Wang Bing's 762 CE preface.Read more ›
I just believe that this is a fantastic read for anyone who is pursuing a career in health or is just interested in their health. The book is like being privy to "secret" healing knowledge believed to be written by a king! Its absolutely fascinating to see how interconnected our world is with health. That our bodies do this and that in summer and this and that in winter, we are stronger at this time and weaker at this time. All of the rhythms and things that we take for granted all seem to have an effect on us in one way or another.
Often times this "ancient knowledge" does become proved through studies and just through individuals health and well being.
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I purchased this book because of a study requirement, but I find it very informative. I find I grab it often as my 'historical' referencePublished on September 23, 2013 by Felicia Palazzola
I just started reading and it is not a book to be read just once. I may be able to adequately review the book in a few yearsPublished on July 24, 2012 by Dennis Dean