They usually lectured according to the Classics and talked about their clinical
experience too. We were the first university class ever, a brand new idea, so
things were being tried out as we went along. And when new students didn´t
understand, many teachers weren´t interested in helping them.”
were already doctors. Others had just left high-school.”
”I often saw the effectiveness of their treatments,” he continues, in his gravelly voice, ”but I equally often didn´t see the theory that explained what happened. I had this view up until I began practicing myself. By that time, I had huge amounts of information memorized – point-combinations, herbal formulas, old songs of points and their usages – lots of it, but very little use in clinic. It was only later I began to understand how the theory fit with the practice, and by that time I had also started to research channel theory.” And this began his lifelong research into channel theory, channel diagnosis and point-pairs.
4) Blood (vessels)
”The point will always be found in a crevasse.” When Dr Wang started out fresh from university, he followed what he had been taught; anatomical landmarks and images, same as is usually taught in Western acupuncture schools with more or less precision. But over time, he realized that they often didn´t match the actual location of the point. Many points were in slightly different places, and each person had their own size that he had to learn to adapt to. Then he had to find the point, open it, and finally needle. These days he teaches this individuality of physiology very clearly to his students, and have found a large number of point locations that in fact are slightly different than the textbook would try to standardize.
The Shanghan Lun part I and II
The Shanghan Lun is primarily focused on herbal medicine. It´s writings have
given rise to one of the main herbal traditions of Chinese medicine – Shanghanpai.
During the Tang dynasty, legendary doctor and Daoist Sun Simiao also utilised
the system using acupuncture instead of herbs. In the Shanghan Lun, Zhang
Zhongjing wrote down diagnostics and treatments not only for each level, but
was also very detailed information about how far the illness has moved within
that level itself.
2007, transl. Luo Xiwen
Chamber, Zhang Zhongjing, transl. Luo Xiwen, New World Press 2007
The Six Levels help us understand how problems and illnesses can begin at different levels in us, and how they can progress to become worse the deeper they go. For a practitioner, it should help us understand how to find at what level the patient´s problem is, and how to treat that and gently allow the system to open instead of trying to attack deeply into it to fix ”the problem”we perceive being there.
You can read a definiton of point-pairs in the box above, but in short, it´s the art and science of how one point interacts with another. A point-pair should create a synergy larger than the two points alone. Dr Wang has made it one of his areas of research, and systematically tried them out over half a century. He also worked in the state hospitals, which meant that a calm day was 50 patients, and some days he had a 100 – patients and treatments enough to slowly and patiently try things out, systemize them and catalogue them. In the West, a busy acupuncture clinic might have 30 or 40 patients a week.
”Fairly well,” he nods, slowly. ”I don´t completely agree with it, though.
There are too differing levels among the teachers in the courses. I hope
that the training system will be improved. One thing that I am involved
with is to do this, where we want the courses for basic education, but then
a system of apprenticeship with a master on the side.”
Medicine – Wang Juyi´s lectures on Channel Therapeutics, by Dr Wang
and Jason Robertson, Eastland Press 2008