An Insight Into Hexagenous Reflexology - Part 2
Updated: Jan 29
We looked at a brief understanding of Hexagenous Reflexology, HeInxagenous system, and Yin-Yang in the previous blog. By the end of that blog, we learned a little about Zhang Zhong Jing's contribution to the making of this study. In this blog, we will learn about the same in-depth.
Zhang Zhong Jing recorded all his study and research on bamboos with a small knife. It took him years to complete the Shang Han Lun. Talking about my personal attachment with Zhang Zhong Jing, he is my spiritual inspiration. Whenever I feel too done with my work, I think of him and all the hard work he must have done to provide us with a book of such rich knowledge. He shared all his studies with the world. He never took a single penny to perform his research or to share it. He worked out of pure dedication for humankind.
In the previous blog, we learned about the six-section theory by Zhang Zhong Jing. These six sections further have twelve meridians. Each of the six-section has a solid organ and a hollow organ. The solid organ is called the Zang, and the hollow organ is called the Fu. For example, the liver is solid from the inside, and the gall bladder is associated with the liver. In this case, the liver is the Zang, and the gall bladder is the Fu. These twelve meridians form the basic diagnostic system of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). In the Shang Han Lun, the disease and herbs are systematically classified into each meridian. We can map the whole body with meridians, and then we can apply acupuncture on the same.
The person willing to learn and use this study has to cope with a lot of complications. One must spend a few years studying the meridians and the acupuncture points and their functions and implications. This system does not associate with modern anatomy. The naming system is complicated and not systematic. For example, the Minor Yang is intermediate, but Minor Yin is external. The meridians are not in a straight line; it detours halfway, and memorizing all those points is complicated. There are a few hundred acupuncture points, and getting used to each one of them is a time-consuming process. Trying to correlate these points with modern anatomy will lead to catastrophic results. Let us understand why.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the liver system is associated with blood metabolism; it is more than the anatomical liver organ's function. Spleen is designed as a digestive organ, but the spleen's modern-day understanding is more associated with blood. It is the place where dead blood is collected and prepared for the cycle. It is more inclined towards the liver function of TCM rather than the digestive system. And on the other side, the liver is a key digestive organ, and in TCM, it is more inclined towards the Spleen system than the blood system. If we try to link the ancient names and modern anatomy, we will get erroneous results.
In the next blog, I will teach you the easiest way to track all the essential points on the body.