The 黃帝內經 Huángdì Nèijīng was written around two thousand years ago in ancient China as the
first official document which would found the concepts of health, disease and cure on logical
interpretation of the observable world instead of superstition. It is deeply rooted in the daoistic
worldview, and as such simultaneously timelessly modern and traditional.
Discussing and interpreting the phenomena of nature, it is the single most important fundament
for understanding and practicing chinese medicine until today.
Although the book comes as a recorded discussion between the famous emperor Huang Di and
his doctors, it is high likely that it is more a compilation of the collected knowledge of several
authors, who have chosen the emperor as the central character to imply the profundity of their
The following five chapters seek to convey a glimpse into the style of thinking and teaching of
the Huángdì Nèijīng.
1. Basic questions – Chapter 1 – Discourse on the Heavenly Truth of Ancient Antiquity
The principles of life cultivation
2. Basic Questions – Chapter 2 -The Great Treatise on Yin Yang Correspondence in Phenomena
Explanation of the application of yin-yang theory in TCM
3. How to understand the sentence “When blood is despoliated, there is no sweat; when sweat is
despoliated, there is no blood”.
About the relationship between blood and sweat
4. Basic Questions – Chapter 74 – Great Treatise on the Essential of Ultimate Truth
About the Pathogeneses related to the five zang and six fu organs
5. How to understand the sentence “To treat disease, it is necessary to seek the root”.
About the differentiation between origin and manifestation of a disease and between
counteracting and coacting treating method.
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