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Kung-Fu, or Tauist Medical Gymnastics, by John Dudgeon, [1895], at

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No. 24.—Han Hsiang-tse’s (#) * Figure for nourishing Man's Heart (#).To cure curvature of the lumbar spine and shaking (palsy) of the head.

Stand firmly, bend the head, curve the lumbar spine, and perform the act of showing reverence. In doing this hung, let the hands and soles of the feet be on the same level. Revolve the air in 24 mouthfuls.

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In one work the Figure is designated—"The Dragon wagging his Tail."—For the cure of lumbago. Soup for expanding the small blood-vessels.

Prescription.—Take of ch‘iang-hwo, fang-chi (#), roots and bulbs (?), pai-shu, tang-kwei, pai-shao, chiang-hwang (#), turmeric (Curcuma longa), of each 1 ounce; liquorice 7 mace, hai-t‘ung-p‘i (#), either Acanthopanax, ricinifolium or Bombax malabaricum, 1 ounce. Dose 3 mace, with 10 slices of ginger. Make a decoction.


177:* One of the Eight Immortals of Tauist fable, and an ardent votary of transcendental study. He was a pupil of the patriarch Lü, Mayers says, "and having been carried up to the supernatural peach tree of the Genii he fell from its branches, and in descending entered upon the state of immortality."

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