Sacred Texts  Taoism  Index  Previous  Next 

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

p. 286

Diagrams illustrating the Physiology of Kung-fu.

1.—T‘ien men (Heavenly door) = the brow.

2.—Ni wan kung, Ni wan palace.

3—Sui hai kuh, the occiput, the marrow-sea, brain-sea.

4.—San chiao, the three divisions or functional passages.

5.—Fei, the lungs.

6.—Hsin, the heart.

7.—Hsin pau lo, the pericardium.

8.—Kan, the liver.

9.—Wei, the stomach.

10.—P‘i, the spleen.

11.—Hwang t‘ing tan t‘ien—the inner tan of the yellow pavilion.

12.—Ta chang, the large intestines.

13.—Siao chang, the small intestines.

14.—Shen, the kidneys.

15.—T‘ang kwang, the bladder.

16.—Ü ching shan (pearly-elevated hill) = 7th cervical vertebra.

17.—Chia phi; the dorsal vertebra.

18.—Wei lü, the os sacrum.

19.—Shang shui hia hwo wei chi chi chien ü lien low chi hia. Water above and fire below combine and are seen below the connecting "upper story" i.e., the tan t‘ien below the breast and epigastriam = the low or upper story according to the Tauists.

Tan chung chen shang sheng, the true fire in the tan t‘ien proceeds upwards.

p. 287

Click to enlarge

p. 288

Click to enlarge

p. 289

It was intended in the sequel to describe the shampooing, rubbing, pressing and other processes, of the fraternity of barbers, for the cure of disease, the prolongation of life in the healthy, and the production of a sense of comfort and the removal of fatigue, etc., but the space to which this subject has already, unexpectedly and unfortunately attained, renders it necessary to pass over this part of Kung-fu. A small cheap, illustrated book in two volumes, The Barber's Classic, entitled Ching-fah-chi-chih (#) goal or how to obtain clean hair, may be profitably consulted. The second volume treats, in part, of massage applied to the various parts of the body. It treats, too, of the acupuncture apertures, a knowledge of which is essential to the proper practice of the art. It speaks of 84,000 pores, of 10 ching and 15 lo (arterial vessels), and the merit accruing from the exercise of this method which is modified by certain climatic and physical conditions, such as the state of the weather, whether cold or hot, and the condition of the patient, whether fat or lean, etc. The section' embrace massage in general, and rubbing as applied to the aperture of the back and loins, the hands and arms, bead and face, thorax and abdomen, and lower limbs.

On the streets of the Capital there is a class of Pressers whose art is known as tien p’i # (pressing the skin). The generic name or the class is tui na #, For example: for the cure of pain of the temples, the part below the sternum is pressed; for the cure of cold and pain, the part below the ribs; for colic, the points of the fingers and lips; for headache, the shoulders; for toothache, the facial artery, shoulder and cleft of thumb and fore-finger; for cholera, the calf of the leg; for general discomfort, the blood vessels.

Next: Conclusion