The Single Idea in the Mind of the Yellow Emperor

The Single Idea in the Mind of the Yellow Emperor


 Richard Bertschinger

A PRIMER OF CHINESE MEDICAL TEXTS …from the Huangdi Neijing. The aim of this text is to provide an accessible and accurate translation of the fundamental writings of classical Chinese medicine, more particularly the Huangdi Neijing or Yellow Emperor’s Book of Medicine, a book which has been the source and well-spring of Chinese medical thinking, for over two-thousand years.  This is an earlier version of my present Essentials Texts in Chinese Medicine (Singing Dragon 2015), albeit much shorter and missing the Chinese and my own commentaries.

However it might appeal to students of TCM wishing to access a few of the original medical texts.

I have followed the model taken by Li Zhongzi in 1642, including the bulk of his Neijing Zhiyao or ‘Key to the Neijing’.

  1. The Art of Life
  2. Yin and Yang
  3. Examination of the Complexion
  4. Examination of the Pulse
  5. The Zang Images
  6. The Jingluo
  7. Rules in Treatment
  8. Pathology

The accompanying Chinese text is essentially ideographic; it has a tactile quality, a grasp of structure that can easily elude the Indo-European mind. This reflects the pragmatism of Chinese know-all. The depth of the texts reveals something close to 理 li, ‘universal principle’, the grain of the work. This has been the aim in this translation of these few medical texts.

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