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Huangdi Neijing

A Synopsis with Commentaries

Translated and Annotated by Y. C. Kong

Publication Year: 2010

Neijing is traditional Chinese medicine; it encompasses all the central tenets of Chinese medicine practised today. Neijing zhiyao, in two volumes, compiled by Li Zhong-zi of the Ming dynasty, was carefully proof-read by Xue Sheng-bai of the Qing dynasty. Among the hundred or so annotated editions of Neijing Suwen and Lingshu that appeared in different formats and styles in previous generations, only Neijing zhiyao compiled by Mr. Li Nian-er of the Ming dynasty is the most succinct but pithy. —— from Sibu Zonglu Yiyaobian

Published by: Chinese University Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Frontispiece

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pp. 1-6


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pp. vii-x

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pp. xi-xii

同學潤祥教授,祖籍南海,卜居海澨,幼侍嚴慈。少年宛洛,覩新 學之庠序,若沐浴於膏澤,折丹桂於等閒。察時勢之安危,歷造化 之盪滌。引領北望,欲報國事以勤勞,乃捨殖民地之薄粟 ...

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pp. xiii-xiv

《黃帝內經》成書於秦漢,年代雖遠,影響卻深。歷來習醫濟世者,必 熟讀之。張景岳云:「置靈素於罔聞」猶「絕人長命」也。蓋《內經》上 極天文,下窮地紀,中盡人事;醫理之本源,病證之生發 ...

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pp. xv-xviii

It may be appropriate to explain the reasons for rendering an English translation of Huangdi Neijing 黃帝內經. It has been argued that Neijing is traditional Chinese medicine; it encompasses all the central tenets of Chinese medicine practised today. It is further argued that to read Neijing and other medical classics, ...

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pp. xix-xx

Dr. Pau Wing Foo, an experienced clinician specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology, and an avid pursuer of medical knowledge old and new, had kindly read in great detail the whole manuscript, with frequent reference to the original text word by word. ...

Editorial Notes

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pp. xxi-xxiv


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pp. xxv-xxxii

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pp. xxxiii-xlv

There is every reason to believe that the first authors of Neijing were among the archive clerks at the service of the imperial court prior to the Qin dynasty (221–206 bc). These clerks could gain access to the precious library, which must have included books of medical knowledge that were later spared destruction by the tyrannical first emperor, the Qin Shihuangdi 秦始皇帝. ...

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1. How to Attain Longevity through the Practice of the Dao (Dao Sheng 道生)

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pp. 3-26

The term Dao sheng 道生refers to two key words excerpted from the passage cited in Section 2 of this chapter, i.e. “[to attain] longevity that lasts as long as heaven and earth with no end; it is possible because the Dao has been mastered”. (ci qi Dao sheng 此其道生, “the practice of macrobiotics brings one close to the Dao”.) ...

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2. Yin Yang, the Core of Medical Thinking (Yin Yang 陰陽)

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pp. 27-48

The term “yin yang” 陰陽 is a philosophic concept that was well established in the pre-Qin period, when there were many schools of philosophers (zhu zi bai jia 諸子百家), each vying for the attention of the feudal lords, and hoping to convince them that their teachings were the most appropriate to support the running of a prosperous and orderly society. ...

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3. Diagnosis by Inspecting the Countenance (Se Zhen 色診)

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pp. 49-70

There are four principal diagnostic methods in Chinese medicine, viz. visual inspection, auscultation and olfaction, interrogation and palpation. Visual inspection involves observing all outward signs on the surface of the body, especially the facial expression and radiance and the alertness of the sensory organs on the face. ...

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4. Diagnosis by Pulse-taking (Mai Zhen 脉診)

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pp. 71-118

Diagnosis by pulse-taking is one of the four principal methods of diagnosis; it is the most important part of palpation, as the finger-tips can pick up much more information from the pulse pattern than by palpating other parts of the body. The term mai 脉 refers to the blood vessels, more correctly the arteries (xuemai 血脉) [1], ...

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5. Visceral Organ Image (Zang Xiang 臟象)

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pp. 119-176

The term zangxiang 臟象 (visceral organ image) first appeared in Suwen Chapter 9: On the Cycles of Climatic Changes. It is widely believed that the first part of this chapter was added by Wang Bing when he edited and rearranged the chapter contents of Neijing. It serves as an introduction to the chapters on climatic cycles, ...

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6. The Conduits (Jing Luo 經絡)

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pp. 177-212

The conduits are as yet unidentified vascular structures in which qi and blood flow from one part of the body to another. Since blood flows in blood vessels large and small, the pulsatile force that drives the blood in a directional flow can be construed as a kind of qi (qi xing xue xing 氣行血行, “where qi goes, blood will flow”). ...

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7. Principles of Treatment (Zhi Ze 治則)

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pp. 213-246

The previous chapters have explained the theoretical basis of body function and the diagnosis of its aberrations; this chapter now moves on to expound the principles of the treatment of disease. First of all, it must be made clear that Chinese medicine does not see a disease as a morbid manifestation of aberrant body function ...

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8. Morbid Manifestations (Bing Tai 病能)

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pp. 247-466

This is by far the most substantial chapter in NJZY; it takes up 40% of the text. There are quotes from 24 chapters of Suwen and 10 chapters of Lingshu. While all quotations in previous chapters concern theories, principles and guidelines, this chapter discusses various diseases, their symptoms, their pathogenesis, presentation and prognosis. ...


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pp. 467-482

Glossary of Chinese Medical Terms in NJZY

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pp. 483-490


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pp. 491-496

Back Cover

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p. 542-542

E-ISBN-13: 9789629969271
Print-ISBN-13: 9789629964207

Page Count: 580
Illustrations: Y
Publication Year: 2010