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

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18.—Middle of the Ninth Month, termed "Frosts Descent."—Seated even, extend both hands and seize the feet; and, accompanying this exercise, use strength in the middle of the feet, then relax and withdraw the hands 5 × 7 times, etc. To cure wind and damp having entered the loins, inability to extend and flex the feet and thighs, painful joints, lower part of leg painful as if laid open, painful head, back, loins, pelvis, thighs, knees, muscular paralysis, lower portion of body swollen, evacuation of pus and blood (dysentery), the small abdomen distended and painful, difficult and painful micturition, tendons cold, gout, hæmorrhoids, prolapsus ani. (See Figure).

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The kidneys form the illustration at the beginning of the last three months of the year, which is as follows:—The name of its spirit is "The Water Spirit," and its designation "Nourishing Infants." Its form is that of a yellow deer with two heads. It stores up the will. It resembles a round stone, is of two colours like white silk reflected on purple. It is placed opposite the navel, and lies in close contact with the lumbar spine. The left kidney is the real one, and mates with the five viscera. The right kidney is called the Ming Men (#) or "Gate of Life," and in the male secretes the semen, in the female the fœtal membrane. The pulse of the kidney issues from the middle of the soles of the feet. (See illustration).

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