An Insight Into Hexagenous Reflexology - Part 3
Updated: Feb 1
We learned about Zhang Zhong Jing's contribution, the six-section theory, and complications in learning Hexagenous Reflexology in the previous blog. In this blog, I will teach an easy method of mapping the entire body. While trying to understand this method, we have to keep in mind the six-section theory. So if you haven't read the previous blog, please do!
We set two essential criteria while developing the mapping system. The first criteria are to match the mapping system with the six-section theory of Shang Han Lun. And the second one is to co-relate the same with modern anatomy. When we study the Shang Han Lun or traditional Chinese medicine, we will realize that it doesn't match modern medicine. The only understandable thing is the implication. The ancient theory has nothing to do with modern anatomy. When people attempt to link these theories with the current functions, they get confused. The mapping should correlate with the contemporary anatomy scientifically without guessing or working it with imagination.
Let me share my mapping experience with you. It took me several sleepless nights to obtain my conclusive theories. At first, I thought the mapping is effortless, but soon I realized that it was a facile generalization. I started mapping with cylindrical coordinates because, after all, our body is indeed cylindrical. I defined the line on the cylinder according to the clock, the back - 12 o'clock, the front - 6 o'clock, the left side - 3 o'clock, and the right side - 9 o'clock. Soon I realized that the clock lines do not match with the meridian lines. I spent many years trying to modify the cylindrical system to fit the meridians, nothing ever worked. But a late realization hit me hard. After so many attempts, I realized that the meridian lines do not represent the hour lines but the minute lines. The cross-section of the body looks like the intersection of two clocks. Body cross-section superimposes with the diagram of two clocks intersecting at 1 o'clock of the left clock and 11 o'clock of the right clock; 5 o'clock of the left clock and 7 o'clock the right clock.
The hour lines do not cover all the meridians, but they coincide with most acupuncture points. This discovery excited me immensely, and since then, I use this theory to explain the Reflexology of Ganotherapy. I also use this system to describe the ancient Shang Han Lun.
Studying the human body further, I realized that the body area between the thorax and pelvic is very much relatable to a geometrical assembly of four ellipses; the orientation is such that two ellipses coincide about their side. These two sets of ellipses now overlap longitudinally. The upper part of this geometry represents the thorax, the middle part means the abdomen, and the lower part represents the pelvic.
We will learn more about this study in the next blog.