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Talks on Yang Family Taijiquan with Fu Zhongwen and James Fu

A young Fu Zhongwen with Yang Chenfu

Fu Zhongwen was a chief inheritor of Yang Chenfu’s Taijiquan. He was the closest disciple and married into Yang Family. He spent his earlier days in Guang Fu town as neighbor and student of Yang Banhou’s son, Yang Zhaopen in Yongnian county. He was sent to Shanghai to help with efforts there and become disciple to Yang Chenfu. Some of his training brothers included Chen Weiming, Cui Yishi, Niu Chimming, Li Yashuen, Chu Guiting, and Tian Zhaolin.

Opening words by Fu Zhongwen: Origin Taiji is One style.

On Yang Luchan taking a fight:

On the various generations and Learning the Authentic and Original Taiji:

Persevere through practice: as a martial art, for health: spine, stomach, sleep, fighting disease like cancer:

Words of encouragment

Group photo

Fu Shengyuan passed away this year. Slantedflying.com wrote a nice detailed piece here. Though I was not a direct student of him, I was part of the 50th anniversary of the Yongnian Association in Shanghai China in 1994. There we did train in long form, single push hands, rou shou, double hand push hands, moving step push hands, and Da Lu. It was a very friendly and open experience, the complete opposite of what I had experienced in America with many of the secretive 3rd generation proponents of Cheng Man Ching. Overall, I was very blessed by the eye opening experience. People were asked to come up and speak. I spoke on how important it would benefit Americans to have more martial arts like Taijiquan introduced into public schools at a younger age to improve health, encourage sports, and other extracurricular activities.

Fu Zhongwen form

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Yang style Taijiquan


Yang’s Saber, Spear, Double edged sword, Long form. Shaky ground due to mole hills in the flat. Also modified some stepping to accommodate the camera viewing field.



Straight sword

Long form


What to know about Yang Taijiquan: Info


Certifications, Ranks, and Sash tests: Level 3 Black Sash Omei Wushu Kung fu School

Competitions Medals and Awards: Competitor from 1993 to 2010.


Push Hands- some basic patterns.

All these guys have won championships in one way or another . I’ve competed but usually got second place. I test some of my pushing with them. Though I took a lot of pushes, I’m seeing some of the things that worked for me. Many teachers will not put themselves out there in free pushing against a high level person. They will lose face. They tend to show only beating their students and other silly demos not under pressure and many are suspect. No showboating here, just testing under duress.

Matt Full Contact fighting:



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5 Element Healing in Tibetan Bon Buddhism

5 element healing in Tibetan Buddhism Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Earth- secure. Wisdom of equanimity- stillness meditation or zhine
Fire- creative. wisdom of discriminiation. tummo- internal heat practice
Water- fluidity. Mirror-like wisdom. Guru yoga or heart opening or love practice.
Air- prana/chi. Ability to recognize and change to opposite. Tsa lung, trulkor, or pho wa
Space- awareness of balance- wisdom-like emptiness.

Purification and cultivation-
Purpose: Interrupt negative aspects of experience
Meditate on 4 virtues- love, compassion, joy, and equanimity.
Others- courage, stability, comfort, impermanence

Why practice? Ask yourself. What do you want to change about yourself? How can you change the way you act and react in life?

Ngon Dro- purification and preliminary practices of taking refuge in Buddha.

4 ancient schools of Bon Buddhism-
1. Cha shen- way of prediction. uses medicine, healing, astrology and diagnosis.
2. Nan ghen- way of visible world. Uses purification rituals, summon energy, prosperity, and well-being, suppress or liberate negative forces, make offerings and exorcism.
3. Trulshen- way of magical illusion. Astral projection for the subjecation of demons and spirits. Bind spirits.
4. Sri shen- way of Shen existence- for living- retrieve soul. For dead- help in death/bardo.

La, yee, sem
La- soul- depth of who we are, underlies our vitality and basic human goodness and life force, can be damaged by life circumstances.
Yee- movement of experience shaped by la.
Sem- Mind- active conceptual mind, affected by condition of la and yee.

La, Sok and Tse
La- same as above
Sok- life force enhanced by positiveness and appreciation for life and nature
Tse- life span

Meditation in Nature
Allow sun and natural elements clean channels and heart
Earth- brings stability
Water- brings peace
Fire- invigorates
Air- uplifts spirit
Space/clear sky- joy
Dedicate healing to all beings suffering

The path-
channels- gross- blood vessels, nerves, and lymph
subtle- accupunture meridians
very subtle- need sensitivity to feel

prana- the energy that flows in channels
charka- wheel of energy at various junctions of body, mainly along central channel
tigle- sphere of light- moves along central channel by mind will
armour- use the syllables, ex. OM, AH, or HUNG symbols, in charka to protect against negative forces.
Positive and negative- tantra is the ability to transform experience into bliss
Supporting positive qualities involves opening the channels and charkas, abiding in non-dual awareness, understanding the 6 realms of existence.

Chakra, negative aspect, positive aspect, Realm
Crown/3rd eye- pleasurable distractions, compassion, God (deva)
Throat – pride, humble/peaceful, Demigod (asura)
Heart- jealousy, openness, human
Navel – ignorance, wisdom/clarity, animal
Secret – greed, generosity, ghost
Sole of feet- hatred, love, hell

Tsa lung- Tibetan yoga
5 point posture-
1. cross legs- brings energy into secret charka and lower trunk building internal heat
2. hands in lap- keeps energy inside at navel
3. spine straight- opens channels and makes prana smooth
4. tuck neck- quiets the mind
5. open chest- allows more air and opens heart.

4 phase breathing-
1. inhale- inhale joy
2. re-inhale- fill to capacity
3. hold- generates internal heat
4. exhale- release

Holding and releasing = relaxing and opening
In life we are constantly holding and releasing food , air, prana, knowledge and experience. Example- holding urine for an amount of time can have a feeling of great pressure and tension. release after urination makes you feel relaxed and un-irritable. Same with crying (holding of emotions), orgasm (holding of sex energy), anger (released in fighting) and so on.

External, Internal and Secret meaning of elements in tantra.

Upward moving prana– activates senses and brain- throat, 3rd eye and crown along with central channel. Related to earth and ability to jump high/fly. Internally- rise above negative emotions and enter higher realms of existence.

Exercise- inhale and reinhale- rotate neck 5x both directions to circulate prana in throat and head and release breath.

Life force prana– heart and vitality of a person. Will power. Related to space element. Jewel of heart to fulfill desires. Develops memory. Negative is anger and positive is happiness and good perception. Ability to transfer consciousness at death.

Exercise- inhale, reinhale and circle chest 5x in both directions and release.

Fire-like prana- is the metabolism, navel area and digestion- ability to absorb food and heat of heat. Related to Fire and bliss energy of meditation. Subtle psychic heat of bliss.
Negative- drowsy, tired, forgetfull, poor digestion. Positive- invulnerable to elements, lucid dreaming, and clear light meditation.

Exercise- kumbaka- inhale stomach muscels in towards spine, hold sex organ and anus upward, circle body 5x both directions and exhale. * keep throat area open not locked. Abide in pure presence.

Pervasive Prana- Air and entire body vessels, nerves, and lymph. Related to how we extend our experience to others as positive or negative. Develops strong intellect. Those with strong pervasive prana are clairvoyant and psychic.

Exercise- inhale and reinhale, rub, face, body and limbs. Exhale.

Downward moving prana- gives us strength to eliminate what we don’t need in areas of our life. water Sex charka- union of bliss and emptiness. Negative- lust, positive- stability.

Exercise- inhale, reinhale, pull up on sex organ and anus ( as if holding it), rotate pelvis 5x both directions. Release.

video of exercises:

Internal method
Upward- for throat, crown, central channel- inhale, hold nose, fill head with air (as if popping ears) . release. Good when feeling “down”. Depression. Allow exhale to leave central channel at toop of head.

Life force-
hands on heart, hold breath to heart. Supports centeredness.

Fire like- inhale and pullin belly towards spine and hold. Good for scattered mind.

Pervasive- make body small, inhale, expand body and exhale letting feeling of pervasiveness pervade all cells of body.

Downward- inhale, pull in and up on sex and anus. Exhale and relax.


Using the OM syllable in each charka
Crown- yellow and compassion.
Throat- green- peaceful
Heart- wishfullfilling jewel- love
Navel- red- clarity
Secret- Dissolve fear, untie greed knots, radiate giving.
*use experience to develop positive qualities.

The book:

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Western Medicine for National Acupuncture students

last update 9/12/2017

Western Medicine Terminology: know over 600 terms.
Digestive system, Urinary system, Reproductive system, Nervous System, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system,
Hematology, Lymphatic and Immune system, musculoskeletal system, Integumentary (Skin) system, sense organs, Endocrine system, Oncology, Radiology, Pharmacology, and Psychiatry.

Anatomy- structure
Physiology- function
Chemicals: Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen. Body is 97% Carbon
Cellular: Protein- muscle (amino acids), Carbohydrate (gloucose)- everything, Lipid- fatty acid.
Amino acid and Glucose: from blood to capillaries into cell.
Lysosomes- from carbohydrate in cell (old protein, old lipid).
Mitochondria- independent, new DNA, different from nucleus.
Glucose- from carbohydrate (long chain) that goes to mitochondria to create energy ATP. Mitochondria is the power plant.

Diffusion- from high concentrate to low concentrate.
Filtration- high pressure to low pressure
Osmosis- low to high concentration. Solvent. No solution.
Endocytosis- into
Phagocytosis- white blood cell eat pathogen
Pinocytosis- drink.
Anabolism- get fat (save energy)
Catabloism- food to create energy (spend).
Tissue is a group of specialized cells.
1. Epithelial- outside, lining of respiratory and digestion.
2. Connective
3. Muscle
4. Nervous
70% of body is muscles connective tissue- blood.
Areolar- fascia, muscle membrane
Adipose- fat
Reticular- framework that keeps organs in place.
Dense- ligaments and tendons.
Compact- Bone
Spongy- bone marrow
Hyaline Cartilage- end of bones
Elastic- nose, ears
Fibrocartliage- tensile like the discs in vertabre.
Blood, Lymph- blood is RBC w/iron and O2. Lymph is blood without RBC.
Muscle tissue:
Skeletal- moves bones voluntary
Cardiac- heart beat involuntary
Smooth- GI tract. Stomach 3 layers, LI- 2 layers- involuntary.
Circulatory system: cardiovascular and lymphatic.
Healthy cell vs sick cell- urinary expel.
Hypothalamus-> pituitary gland-> hormones to blood vessels-> target cells -> function.
Hypertension/hypotension: high/low hormone amount.
Body has ability to heal and repair self if not diseased. East- harmonize yin/yang. West- fix if broken.
Epithelial tissue (3) Cutaneous- skin covering. Mucous- lining outside. Serous- smaller sacs.
Serous (3 types): pleural- lung. Pericardium- heart. Peritoneum- abdominal membrane.
Synovial- joints and spine.
Anatomical positions:
Mid-sagittal- left and right
Frontal/coronal- side cut
Transverse/horizontal- half cut
Mid-sagittal- symmetrical.
Flex/extend- sagittal
Abduction/aduction- frontal/coronal
Rotation- transverse/horizontal.
Muscle- builds heat, movement, contains blood vessels, most blood in body. Shiver to survive.
Synovial membrane- create the fluid, more fluid means more cartilage.
Doral cavity is both cranial and spinal cavity.
Ventral cavity- front
Thoracic cavity- heart, lung, anterior cavity.
Diaphragm- flat muscle, moving up and down.
Abdominpelvic cavity- digestive system.
Superior, cranial, cephalic- top
Inferior, caudal- lower, tail.
Ventral- front/anterior
Dorsal- posterior, back.
Medial- middle
Lateral- side
Ipsilateral, homolateral- same side
Contralateral- opposite side
Proximal- closer to body
Distal- farther from body
Deep, central- inside, center.
Superficial- outside
Frontal- forehead
Orbital- eye
Otic/auricular- of the ear
Buccal- cheek
Nasal- nose
Mandible- lower jaw
Oral- mouth
Mental- chin
Cervical- neck joints
Nuchal- posterior neck
Mediastinal- middle of sternal bone
Costal- ribs
Pectoral- chest, mammary- breast.
Abdmonical/celiac- digestive
Umbilical- navel
Inguinal- hip joint crease
Pubic- pubis
Perineal- bottom
Gluteal- hip, seat
Axillary- arm pit
Antebrachial- forearm
Brachial- upper arm
Cubital- around elbow
Antecubital- inner part of elbow
Carpal- wrist
Palmar, volar- palm
Thenar- thumb
Hypothenar- little finger side
Digital, pharangeal
Pollex- thumb
Coxal- coccyx
Femoral- upper thigh
Patellar- knee
Popliteal- behind knee
Cural- leg (after knee, before ankle)
Sural, Calf- behind leg.
Pedal- foot
Dorsum- top of foot
Plantar, volar- bottom foot
Tarsal- ankle
Calcaneal- heel bone, calcaneous.
Digital phalangeal- toes
Hallux- big toe.
Fascicle- unit of muscles, bundle of fibers
Muscle fiber- muscle cell, a fiber within the fascicle.
Myofiliments- filaments that make up the muscle fiber: actin (thin) mosin (thick).
Sarcolemma- cell membrane
Sarcoplasm- cytoplasm
Sarcoplasmic reticulum- protein
Actin- thin myofiliment
Myosin- thick myofiliments
Motor neuron- moves to brain for muscle movement.
Sliding filament mechanism- actin and myosin sliding to contraction.
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)- mitochondria w/ o2 and gloucose
Excitability- contract muscle
Contractability- contraction
Extensibility- extend out, opposite contractability
Elasticity- healthy flexible muscle.
ATP causes myosin and actin to contract and pull muscles.
Muscle shapes:
Parallel- long
Convergent- thick flat tendon
Spiral- like in shoulder muscles
Circular- eye and mouth muscles
Pennate: leaf shape, muscles combining.
Agonist- prime mover
Antagonist- opposite of agonist. Example: bicep to flex arm (agonist), tricep (antagonist) to extend arm.
Synergist- helps a muscle
Fixator- keeps muscle still.
Origin- start of muscle
Insertion- finish, attach to bone.
Isotonic- lift
Isometric- anti-lift (controlled lowering) example: hold baby- isotonic, put baby to bed- isometric.
Lever system- load (resistance), pull (force), fulcrum (fixed point).
Proprioceptor (2)- muscle spindle- inside muscle belly, and golgi tendon organs: inside tendon.

Respiratory system:
Olfaction- smell
Palatine tonsil- catches pathogens
Epiglottis- covers air and esophagus tube
Bronchi- branches in lungs
Bronchioles- smaller branches
Alveoli- terminal
Vomer- divides left and right in nose.
Turdinate conchae- lateral nasal bones
Cilia- hair like projections in lungs
Epistaxis- nosebleed
Sinus- air cavities, create resonance.
External respiration and pulmonary respiration- lungs
Internal respiration- tissue/cellular level.
Tissue respiration- cellular response – mitochondira/atp.
Pulmonary ventilation- air from outside to inside
Diaphragm- pulls air in
External intercoastals- chest breathing
Heimlich- choking technique.

Digestive System-
4 functions- ingestion- food to mouth, digestion- break down of food, absorption- nutrition, defecation- expel waste from body.
Amylase- breaks down carbs
Starch: polysaccharides
Maltose- disaccharides (2)
Gluocose- monosaccharaides.
Lipase- enzyme break down lipid
Triglycerides- 3 tailed lipid
Carbohydrate- make by golgi body
Protein- nitorogen
Lipid- fat
Mineral- small nutrient
Vitamin- bigger nutrient
Water- absord directly
Bile- produced by liver, sotred in GB,helps break down fats.
Lacteal- small intestine wall, lymphatic system
Hepatic portal vein- liver as inspector of blood before it goes to heart. Enters here first.
Msstication- chewing
Parotid- salivary gland behind ear
Submandibular- cheek, under neck
Sublingual- under tongue
Deglutition- swallowing
Stomach parts: esophagus, cardiac spinchter, fundus, body, pyloric
Rugae- wrinkles in the stomach

Small intestines: duodenum- 12 finger length, jejunum- longest part of SI 6-8 meters. Ileum- long twisted part.
Pancreas- duct for GB. Liver makes bile, Gall bladder – stores bile.
Large intestines- ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon, rectum, anus.
Cecum- lower part of L.I. contains appendix.
Cardio vascular system:
Artery- big vessels
Arterioles- smaller vessels
Capillaries- microscopic
Venules- smaller veins
Vein- large vessels
Vasodilatation- open
Vasoconstriction- closed
Blood- transports gases, nutrients, hormones, heat.
Blood contains: plasma, formed elents like white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets.
Erythorocytes- red blood cells (RBC).
Leukocytes- white blood cells (WBC).
Neutrophile- neutral
Eosinophile- acidic
Basophile- alkaline
Thrombocyte- coagulation (platelets as well.
AB blood type is the universal receipiant
O type- universal donar
Blood vessels-
Vena cava- largest vein in body
Right atrium to right atrioventrical valve to tricuspid valve, then to right ventricle to Lung, to pulmonary semilunar valve- to left atrium and then left atrioventricular valve. From Lung to bicuspid valve, mitral valve- to left ventricle to aortic semilunar valve- aorta to body.
Pericardium surround heart
Epicardium is under pericardium.
Coronary vessel- blood for hearts survival
Myocardium- cardiac muscle
Heart muscle- myocardium
Endocardium- lining of heart
Papillary muscles- endocardium surrounded by papillary muscles.
Pulmonary circuit- to and from the lung.
Systemic circuit- away from heart to body and returns to heart.
Left ventricle problem: aorta
Right ventricle problem- vena cava, liver.
Systole- contraction
Diastole- (relaxation)
3 important: heart rate, stroke volume, and cardiac output.
Hypertension/HBP: 1. Blood speed. 2. Blood volume. 3. Blood vessel condition (can’t contain blood).
Heart Rate- BPM
Stroke volume- volume left output
Cardiac output: left ventricle per minute.
Heart conduction system: sinoatrial node- sa node- right atrium.
Atrioventricular node/AV node-between ‘Bundle of his’ nerves, between right and left chambers.
2 branches: left side of heart ‘purkinje fibers. And left side of heart. Contract right and left muscles of the heart.

Sketetal System:

Nerves control muscles- motion with skeleton
Hemiporisis- making blood
Blood cell formation: WBC, RBC, platlet, marrow.
206 bones in body
Periosteum, Sartorius- longest muscle, femour- longest bone.

If something happens to bone marrow: big problem for Liver and spleen.

Diaphasis: shaft of bone
Epiphysis- towards end of bone.
Periostrium- surrounding bone.

Blood vessels inside the bone, cell division, more blood cells.
Haverson canals- longitudinal vessels
Volmans canals- bone to other parts- horizontal.
Mediullary cavity: fat
Mediphysis- middle between diaphysis and epiphisis
Osteoblast- baby bone cell
Osteocyte- adult bone cell
Osteoclast- bone destroying cell.
Parathyroid- horomone released to add calcium to bone.
Exoskeleton: vertebrae: 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, sacrum, coccyx. Shoulder girdle: 2 clavical and 2 scapular.
Process- general prominence
Tuberosity- tubercle, condyle, head.
Fossa, notch (v form), groove – valley, sinus- hollow, meatus- tube, foramen- hole.

Urinary System-
Kidney- filter blood, renal artery.
Ureters- tubes from kidney
Urinary bladderis the bladder.
Urethra- tube from bladder to sex organ.
Homeostasis- ph balance acidic below 7/alkaline 7.1 -7.4
Stomach acid- ph 2, Clorox- ph 14.
Acid is released in urine.

Cortex- outise
Medulla- inside
Afferent arteriole- small branch of renal artery to glomerulus.
Glomerulus- betweent he two, urine created.
Efferent arteriole- exit to arteries of kidney from glomerulus.
Peritubular capillaries- capillary level.
Renal venule- small vein.
Renal vein- bigger vein.
Inferior vena cava- vena cava to heart.
Bowman capsule- contains glomerulus 2-3 million.

Renal tuble- drainage of glomerulus to collecting duct, collecting duct to renal papilla to minor calyx to major calyx- to renal pelvis.
Tubular reabsorption- reabsorption of wter, so do not go every 5 min.
Nephron- basic unit of kidney function
Renal corpuscle- nephrons
Peristalisis- one way direction
Rugae- flexible cells like ST, GB, UB.
Trigone- 2 ureters and 1 urethra.
Internal sphincter- involuntary
External sphincter- voluntary
Micturition- urination, opening of external sphincter.

Reproductive system:

Gonads: ovaries, testes
Gametes- sperm, egg
Spermatozoa- sperm
Oocyte- egg
Offspring- children

Testis- create sperm
Epididymis- where sperm grow
Vas defens- spermatic ducts
Ejaculatory ducts- seminal vesicles to prostate.
Sperm- alkaline in seminal vesicles, sperm ejaculatory duct to prostate, bulbourethral to – protective chemical.

Ovaries- egg
Progesterone, estrogen, relaxin, Inhibin- hormones
Fallopian tubes- oviducts
Uterus- 3 layers: endometrium is outer, Myometrium- muscle/uterus muscle, perimerium is inner.
Vagina contains rugae. Bartholin glands lubricate vagina
Vulva- outer side
Mon pubic- cushion of pubic symphysis. Labia majora, labia minor, clitoris.

Integementary system: Skin

Epidermis- no blood
Dermis- blood (true skin)
Hypodermis- muscle, fat, fascia level.

Skin- largest organ
Liver- largest internal organ Circulatory system includes both cardiovascular system and lymphatic system. Skin is actually part of nervous system.

Nervous system:

Brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, spinal fluid, CSF in the meninges. Sense organs, neurotransmitters: from brain to involve muscles.

Sensory input: from sense organs to spinal cord the brain

Interpretive: brain answering questions.
Decision- motor output to muscles.
Mental and emotional.
Dendrite (cell body)-> spinal cord- axon.

Presynaptic to synaptic cleft (space) post synaptic

Brain: cerebrum: frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital. Diencephalons: thalamus, pineal body, hypothalamus. Brain stem: midbrain, pons, medulla oblongata. Cerebellum.
Horn-columns-tracts (ascending and descending). Horn hasfront, lateral and posterior sections. Columns are the area outside the horn. Tracts are within the Horn.
Layers of spinal cord: duramater, arachnoid, Pia matter.
Cerebral spinal fluid is in the subarachnoid space.
Stomach: 3 to 5 day cells
After 18 years old: heart and nerve cells cannot rebuild.
Hair cells: everyday
Stem cells: can rebuild
Epidural space: where the ‘epidural shot” is placed.
Use on patient: Dermatomes: sensory input test at skin level.
Myotomes: motor output control test. Muscle test.

Endocrine system:

Exocrine glands release hormones, hormones are the chemical messengers. Many hormones start in the hypothalamus. Pituitary gland is below hypothalamus. Pineal gland is in the brain as well and uses melatonin. Thyroid and parathyroid is in the throat, thymus between heart and sternum, adrenals on top of kidneys, pancreatic islets- for digestion/ insulin. Ovaries and testes in female and male.

TSH- thyroid stimulating hormone
ACTH- adrenocorticotropic hormone.
GH- growth hormone
Gonadtropic hormones
FSH- follicle stimulating hormone
LH- luteinizing hormone
ADH- anti diuretic hormone
Oxytocin hormone
MSH- melanocyte stimulating hormone.

Lymphatic system:

Lymph, lymph vessels, lymph glands, lymphatic organs, lymph node, lymphphocytes (WBC)

Smallest to largest: lymph capillary- lymph vessels, lymph trunk, lymph ducts, right lymph duct (right side), thoracic duct (left side).

WBC are created: red bone marrow, thymus, spleen
MALT: mucosal associated lymphoid tissue: mouth to anus mucous membrane.
Tonsil: WBC
Peyer;s patch in small intestines, illium has WBC
Veriform appendix of large intestines has WBC.

End of Medical terminology

–Begin Anatomy Physiology–
To be continued…..

12/5/2017 Western Medical Diagnostic tests:

Head and Neck:

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Ma Dang Yang’s 12 Star acupuncture points and Taoist herbs

work in progress (need to add more herb pictures). commentary on the points and herbs of Taoist Ma Dang Yang.

More details that explains the Taoist tradition of Ma Dang Yang please go here:
MA DANYANG’S TWELVE ACUPOINTS Valuable Points for Acupuncturists to Know and Use by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D.

What I like about this system, it is very similar in point selections that my first acupuncturist Amy used. Of course she used many more, but this system is a good start and great base to work off of. You have a foundation of points, herbs, and formulas. Ma Dang Yang seems to understand the importance of jing “essence” cultivation and preservation, especially into old age as we pass various growth and decline in our age. In Men it is every 8 year cycle, in women it is every 7 years.

Some extra Herbs are added as well, some very common in many formulas. Ma Dang Yang was big on controlling sweating as to not lose excess fluids which can damage blood. Be aware that nowadays sweating is actually not a “bad” thing, as it is associated with moving water and releasing the exterior, for example a sauna or exercise have health benefits. Times are different now with controlled environments with the invention of air conditioning. People with sedentary lifestyle like office workers, need to exercise more from sitting for many hours.

The 12 Star Acupuncture Points:
Pairs that work well together:
1. ST36 with ST44 and LI4 with LI11.
2. BL40 with BL57 and Liv3 with BL60.
3. GB30 with GB34 and HT5 with LU7.
If deficient use tonify/nourish/warm.
If excess use sedate/decrease/cool.

Lieque- Branching cleft LU7 Luo point, Ren mai confluent. Location: Superior to the styloid process of the radius, 1.5 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist between brachioradial muscle and tendon abductor muscle of the thumb.
Action: Releases the exterior and expels wind, promotes the descending function of the lung, pacifies wind and phlegm, benefits the head and nape,
Indication: Headache, migraine, neck rigidity, cough, asthma, sore throat, facial paralysis, tootch ache, pain and weakness of the wrist.

Hegu- enclosed valley LI4 Yuan Location: On the dorsum of the hand, between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, approximately in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal boneon the radial side.
Action: Regulate weiqi and adjust sweating, expel wind and release exterior, regulate face, eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.
Activate channel and alleviates pain, induces labour, restores yang.
Indication: Headache, Neck pain, redness, swelling/pain of eye, epistaxis, nasal obstruction, rhinorrhea, toothache, deafness, swelling face, sore throat, parotitis, trismus, facial paralysis.
febrile disease, hidrosis, abdominal pain, dysentery, constipation, amenorrhea, delayed labor, infant convulsion, pain, weakness, impairment of upper limbs.

Quchi- Pool on Bend LI11 He sea earth Location: When the elbow is flexed, the point is in the depression at the lateral end of the transverse cubital crease, midway between LU5 and lateral epicondyl of the humerus.
Action: Clears heat, cools blood, eliminates wind, drains damp, alleviates itching, regulates qi and blood, activates channel and alleviates pain.
Indication: Sore throat, toothache, red/pain eyes, scrofula, urtucaria, hives, motor impairment of upper extremities, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, febrile diseases.

Zusanli- Three miles of the foot ST36 He Sea point, Sea of food point earth. Location: 3 cun below ST35 and 1 finger breath from the anterior border of tibia.
Action: Harmonizes ST, forities SP and resolves damp, supports true Qi and yuan qi, tonifies qi and nourishes blood and yin,
clears fire and clams spirit, activates the channel and alleviates pain, revives they yang and restores consciousness.
Indication: Gastric pain, vomiting, hiccup, abdominal distention, borborygumus, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, mastitis, enteritis, aching of knee joint, beriberi, edema, cough, asthma
indigestion, apoplexy,hemiphlegia, dizziness, insomnia, mania.

Neiting- Inner courtyard ST44 ying spring water Location: Proximal to the web margin between the second and third toes, in the depression distal and lateral to the second metatarsodigital joint.
Action: Clears heat from ST channel and alleviatespain, harmonizes the Liand clears damp-heat, calms spirit.
Indication: Toothache, pain in the face, deviation of mouth, sore throat, epistaxis, gastric pain, acid reflux, abdominal distention, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, febrile diseases.

Tongli- Penetrating the Interior HE5 Luo connecting point Location: When the palm faces upward, the point is on the radial side of the tendon of m.flexor carpi ulnaris, 1 cun above the transverse wrist crease.
Action: Calm the spirit, regulate heart qi and rhythm, benefits the tongue, activates channel and alleviates pain.
Indication: Palpatations, dizziness, blurring vision, sore throat, sudden loss of voice, aphasia with stiff tongue, pain in wrist and elbow.

Weizong- Middle of the crook BL40 He- sea of BL, Gao wu command Earth Location: Midpoint of the transverse crease of the popliteal fossa, between the tendon of m. biceps femoris and m. semitendinosus.
Actions: Benefits the lumbar region and legs, Activates the channel and alleviates pain, cool the blood, clears summer heat,
stops vomiting and dirrhea, benefits the bladder
Indication Lower back pain, motor impairment of the hip joint, contracture of the tendon I the popliteal fossa, muscular trophy, pain in lowr extremites, hemiplegia, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, erysipelas.

Chengshan-Support the Mountain BL57 Heavenly Star point Location: On the posterior of the leg, between BL40 and BL60, in a pointed depression formed below the gastronemius muscle belly when the leg is stretched.
Actions: Relaxes the sinews, activates channel and alleviates pain, benefits calf and heel, treats hemerroids.
Indication Lower back pain, spasm of gastronemius, hemmeroids, constipation, beriberi.

Kunlun- Lunlun mountains BL60 Jing river, Heavenly star Fire Location: In the depression between the tip of the external malleolus and achilles tendon.
Actions: Clears heat and lowers yang, pacifies wind and leads down excess, activates entire BL channel and alleviate pain,
Relaxes sinews and strengthes lumbar spine, promotes labor.
Indication Headache, blurred vision, neck rigidity, epistaxis, pain in the shoulder, back, and arm, sweeling pain of heel, difficult labor, epilepsy.

Huantao- Jumping Circle GB30 Meeting Point of GB and BL. Heavenly star point. Location: At the junction of the lateral 1/3 and medial 2/3 of the distance between the prominence of the great trochanter and the hiatus of the sacrum (GV2) . Side position for patient.
Actions: Activates channel and alleviates pain, benefits hip and leg, dispels wind-damp.
Indication: Pain in lumbar region and thigh, muscular atrophy of lower limbs, hemiplegia.

Yanglingquan- Yang Mound Spring GB34 He Sea, Hui- Sinews, Heavenly Start point. earth Location: In the depression anterior and inferior to the head of the fibula.
Actions: Benefits the sinews and joints, Activates channel and alleviates pain, spreads liver qi and lateral coastal region,
clears Liv. and GB damp-heat, harmozines Shaoyang.
Indication: Hemiplegia, weakness, numbness and pain of the lower extremities, swelling and pain of the lower extremities, knee pain, hypochondriac pain, bitter taste, vomiting, jaundice, infantile convulsion.

Taichong- Great Rushing LV3 Yuan source, Shu- stream, Heavenly star earth Location: On the dorsum of the foot, in the depression distal to the junction of the first and second metatarsal bones.
Action: Spreads liver qi, subdues liver yang and extinguishes wind, nourishes liver blood and liver wind, clears head and eyes,
regulates menstruation, regulates lower jiao.
Indication: Headache dizziness, vertigo, insomnia, congestion, swelling and pain of eye, depression, infantile convulsion, deviation of the mouth, pain in the hypochondriac region, uterine bleeding, hernia, enuresis,retention of urine, epilepsy, pain in the anterior aspect of medial malleolus.

Herbs and Foods:

Herbs that invigorate the blood:
facilitate the flow of blood and augment movement to prevent blood stasis.

Jiang Huang (Tumeric) Herbs that Invigorate the Blood Warm Acrid, bitter Sp, ST, Liv Invigorates the blood, breaks up blood stasis, drives Qi downward, treats wind-damp painful obstructions 3-9g pregnancy

Herbs that Tonify the Yang
These ares are typically warm and drying, which can lead to injury of yin and assist fire.
They are normally used with Qi transformation issues where the KD, SP, and HT are Yang deficient.
They also mostly specifically target the Kidney Yang. That is where you have a cold sensations, cold hands and feet, aversion to cold, lower back pain, and weak pulse.
Infertility, impotence, and leakages are also a sign of weak kidney yang.
Lu Rong ( Deer Velvet) Herbs that Tonfiy Yang Warm Sweet, salty KD, Liv. Fortifies primal yang, generates essence, augments the marrow 1-2g heat related issues.

He Tao Ren (Walnut) Herbs that Tonfiy Yang Warm Sweet KD, LI, LU Tonifies KD and LU, alleviates lower back pain, settles wheezing, moistens intestines, brain tonic. 9-15g phlegm fire.

Yi Zhi Ren (black cardamon) Herbs that Tonfiy Yang Warm Acrid KD, SP Warmly tonifies SP and KD yang, secures urine for bed wetting, assist KD to grasp Qi, stop diarrhea 3-9g lower burner heat.
Tu Si Zi (dodder seeds) Herbs that Tonfiy Yang Warm Acrid, sweet Kd, Liv. Warms primal Yang, nourishes yin, secures essence, tonifies KD, SP, and Liv. w/o cloying. 6-15g Fie from yin def.
Zi He Che (Placenta) Herbs that Tonfiy Yang Hot Sweet salty LIV, LU, KD Warm the KD yang, Tonifies LU and KD Qi, augements blood and essence, neuroasthenic 2-3g heat and yin def.
Dong Chong Xia Cao (Cordyceps) Herbs that Tonfiy Yang warm Sweet LU, KD Gently tonifies KD Yang, Augements essence, Tonifes Lung, settles cough and wheezing, stops sweating 3-9g exterior conditions.

Herbs that Tonify the blood
These herbs are used in patterns of blood deficiency and nourish the blood. If patient has pallid face, dizziness, vertigo, lethargy, palpitations, dry skin, menstrual irregulation.
Heart, Spleen , and Liver are most affected by blood deficiency. These herbs are often prescribed with stomach strengthening herbs to prevent indigestion since these herbs can cause sticky and cloying.

Herbs that Stabilize and Bind

These are sour and astringent type of herbs that help to keep fluids in and close orifices. They want to prevent leaking, distension, out of position organs, often in elderly as well.
These herbs do three main things:
1)Stop Sweating: Fu Xiao Mia, Ma Huang Gen, Nuo Dao Gen.
2)Stop diarrhea: He Ji, Yu Yu Liang, Rou Dou Kou, Shi Liu Pi, Chi Shi zhi, Chun Pi, wu Mei, Wu Bei Zi.
3) Stop Lower body leakage spermatorrhea, Leukorrhea, Urinary Frequency: Wu Wei Zi, Lian Zi, QianShi, Shan Zhu Yu, Jin Ying Zi, Sang Piao Xiao, Fu Pen Zi, Hai Piao, Xiao.
Cough is also another type of leakage in this category of herbs.

Shan Zhu Yu (asian cherry fruit) Herbs that Stabalize and Bind warm sour KD, Liv Stabalize KD, secure Essence, Stop excessive sweating, tonify KD and Liv., stabalize menses 6-12g Urinary pain, difficulty due to damp heat.
Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra fructus) Herbs that Stabalize and Bind warm sour, sweet HT, KD, LU contain leakage of qi, stop cough, tonify kindy, bind essence, inhibit sweat, generate fluids, quiet spirit, contain heart qi. “3-6g
” can cause heartburn, unresolved exterior, excess interior heat, early stage rash or cough.

Wu Mei (mume fruit) Herbs that Stabilize and Bind warm sour , astringent LI, Liv, Lung, SP inhibit leakage of Lung qi, stop cough, generate fluids, alleviate thirst, expel round worms, alleviate pain, stop diarrhea, topical for warts. 6-12g internal heat, unresolved external disorder.
He Zi (cherry plum) Herbs that Stabilize and Bind neutral bitter, sour astringent LU, sT, LI bind intestines, stops diarrhea, contain Lung Qi leakage, stop cough, assist throat 3-9g exterior pattern w/internal, stagnation damp-heat

Rou Dou Kou (nutmeg seed) Herbs that Stabilize and Bind warm Acrid LI, SP, ST Binds up Intestines, stop diarrhea, warm middle, Move qi, alleviate pain 3-9g hot diarrhea, stomach heat.
Shi Liu Pi (Pomegranate skin) Herbs that Stabilize and Bind warm sour , astringent LI, ST Binds intestines, stops diarrhea, kills parasites, 3-9g “not to be taken with oil and fats to kill parasite, becomes, toxic.

Chun Pi Herbs that Stabalize and Bind Cold bitter, astringent LI, ST Clears heat, dry damp, bind up intestines, kills parasites. 6-9g ST/SP cold or kindney yin def.

Chi Shi Zhi Herbs that Stabilize and Bind Warm sweet, sour, astringent SP, ST, LI Binds up intestines, stop diarrhea, constrain blood, stop bleeding, promote healing of wounds. 9-18g pregnancy, hot diarrhea, dysentery early stage, damp-heat.

Yu Yu Liang Herbs that Stabilize and Bind neutral Sweet , astringent LI, ST Binds intestines, stops diarrhea, restrain, inhibit, and stop bleeding. 9-18g pregnancy, excess patterns.
Lian Zi (Lotus seed) Herbs that Stabilize and Bind Neutral Sweet , astringent HT, KD, SP Tonify spleen stop diarrhea, tonify KD stablize essence, Nourish heart calm spirit 6-15g abdominal distention, constipation.

Sang Piao Xiao ‘Mantis Egg’ Herbs that Stabalize and Bind Neutral Sweet, salty KD, LIV reinforce the Yang at ming men, secure essence, contain urine (bedwetting, nocturnal emission) 4-9g yin def. /heat signs.

Lian Xu (Lotus Stamen) Herbs that Stabalize and Bind neutral Sweet, astringnet HT, KD, Liv Stronger astringent than lotus seed, summer fire 3-9g “NA

Qian Shi Herbs that Stabalize and Bind Neutral Sweet, astringnet KD, SP tonify and restrain SP and KD, elimate dampness, lower burner astringnet, difficult urination/defecation. 9-15g

Jing Ying Zi “cherokee rosehips” Herbs that Stabalize and Bind Neutral sour , astringent UB, KD, LI bind lower burner to secure essence, contain urination, halt chronic diarrhea.

Fu Pen Zi “chinese rasberry” Herbs that Stabalize and Bind Neutral Sweet , astringent KD, LIV Augment the true yin of the kidneys, contain urine, secure the essence 6-12g Yin def. w/heat

Wu Bei Zi ‘gallnut’ Herbs that Stabalize and Bind Cold Sour, salty KD, LI, LU Stop diarrhea, Contain Lung qi, bind up intestines, transform phelm, resolve fire toxicity 3-9g cough due to wind-cold

Fu Xiao mai ‘wheat grain’
Herbs that Stabalize and Bind Cool sweet, salty HT Stop sweat, augment HT Qi, inhibity HT fluid, clear heat from pores, stop sweat, night sweats. sweating due to exterior pattern

Herbs that Calm the spirit
Long Gu (Fossile bones) Substance that Calm the spirit Neutral Sweet , Astringent HT, Liv, Kd Settles anxiety, calms spirit for emotional distress, Calms Liver and anchors floating Yang, topically for sores 15-30g damp-heat, exterior.

Mu Li (Oyster shell) Substance that Calm the spirit cool salty, astringent Liv. KD heavily settles and calms the spirit, benefits yin, anchors floating yang, prevents leakage of fluids, softens hardness: nodules 9-30g high fever with sweat.

Suan Zao Ren (juJube seed) Herbs that Calm the spirit Neutral sour, sweet GB, HT, Liv, SP Nourish the Heart yin, augment liver blood, quiet spirit, prevent abnormal sweating 9-15g diarrhea, excess heat.

Yuan Zhi Herbs that Calm the spirit warm bitter, acrid HT, LU Calm spirit, Quiet heart, Expel phlegm, clear orifices, reduces abscesses 6-15g yin def, gastritis, peptic ulcers.

Ling Zi (Reishi mushroom) Herbs that Calm the spirit Neutral Sweet HT, Liv, LU Calms the spirit, augments heart qi, tonifies heart blood, tonifies Lung qi, transform phelgm, tonifies Qi, nourish blood 3-15g exterior.

Herbs that Tonify Qi
These herbs strengthen where there is weakness and insufficiency. They need to be added with herbs that expel pathogens. “Support the normal and expel pathogens” is the common phrase. If there is a deficiency pattern of Qi, blood, yin and yang, use these herbs.

Da Zao (Jujube) Herbs that Tonify Qi Warm Sweet SP/ST Tonfies Qi and Blood, Generates fluids, harmonizes SP, moderate toxicity of other herbs 10-30g heat from excess.

Gan Cao (Licorice) Herbs that Tonify Qi Neutral Sweet All channels, HT, LU, SP Tonifes SP Qi, moistens lungs, moderates toxicity, drains fire 1.5-9g overabundant damp.

Huang Jing (solomon seal) Herbs that Tonify Qi Neutral Sweet LU, KD, SP Tonifes qi, Nourish yin, augements essence 9-15g clogged and stagnant phlegm.

Ren Shen (ginseng) Herbs that Tonify Qi Warm Sweet, bitter LU, SP Powerfully tonifes yuan qi of 5 organs, Nourish Yin, Revives collapse, stops heavy bleeding 3-9g Fire, Liver Yang, excess yang

Dang Shen (Codonopsis) Herbs that Tonify Qi Neutral Sweet LU SP Tonifes middle burner, Augments SP and LU Qi 6-9g Excess pathogens.

Tai Zi shen Herbs that Tonify Qi Neutral Sweet, bitter LU, SP Tonify Qi and Yin weakly 9-30g None
Huang Qi (Astragalus) Herbs that Tonify Qi Warm Sweet LU, SP Raises Yang Qi, Tonifies SP and LU, Stops sweating, discharges Pus, Facilitates urination, generates flesh 9-15g Toxic sores and ulcers from heat.

Shan Yao (Chinese Yam) Herbs that Tonify Qi Neutral Sweet KD, LU, SP Tonifes Qi and Yin of SP, LU, and KD. Secures essence, used in Skin/cosmetics 9-30g dampness in ST

Tonfiy yin

Gui Ban (Fresh water turtle) Herbs that tonify the yin cold salty, sweet Ht, KD, Liv Strong tonify Liv & KD Yin, subdues the yang, strengthen bones, unblocks conception vessel. 15-45 g Pregnancy, cold damp ST.

Xin Yang shen (American ginseng) sweet, bitter, cool, enters heart, kidney, lungs, tonifies both qi and yin, cools fire fromyin def. 3-6g not for cold damp obstructing middle, fire from constraint.

Formulas to Preserve the Jing Essence

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