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Landscape and architecture – Names of acupuncture points and their functions

September 30, 2023
  • Yifan Yang

In Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, it indicates where the Qi flows out gets a related name on the point.  In the book Additional Essential Prescriptions Worth a Thousand Gold, it states that the names of acupuncture points are not from fantasy but are given with profound thought and deep meanings.

The name given to an acupuncture point has certain characteristics, one of it is to name a point as landmark in the geographic setting, such as guan关(pass), dao 道 (way), lou路(road);  san Li 三里 (three miles), wu li 五里(five miles); or to name it as a nature site in landscape, such as xi 溪(creek), quan泉(spring), chi池 (lake), gu谷(valley) , ling陵 (hill), shan山(mountain), kong空 (hole), que缺 (concave).

Another feature is to name a point as a Chinese architecture or a part in architecture, such as gong 宫 (palace),  fu府 (residence), she舍(house), shi室 (chamber), tang堂 (big hall), ting庭 (courtyard), cang仓 (grannary), zhu柱 (pole), shu枢 (pivot), men门 (gate, door) and chuang窗 (window).

In this lecture, Dr. Yifan Yang will present and explain the names and functions of important acupuncture points by analysing the Chinese characters and let participants understand the meanings; she will show and analyse photos of landscape and Chinese ancient architecture to let you feel and understand the flow, the change of the Qi as well as its speed and the space that the Qi can reach. In this way, the participants get orientation to select points to strengthen, accelerate and regulate the Qi. Moreover, she will introduce commonly used points and point combinations following the names. Afterall participants will also get ideas by following ancient Chinese philosophy, language, and culture.

  • Yifan YangStudeerde Traditionele en Moderne Medicijnen aan de Beijing Universiteit voor Traditionele Chinese Geneeskunde van 1977 tot 1982 en werkte daar als docent en arts na haar afstuderen op de Chinese Kruidenafdeling.

Shenzhou student: 15%
External TCM student 5%
(Limited places available for students)
Please see the payment and registration conditions for seminars in the registration form.

  • Zhong is requested
Dates & Time
September 30, 2023
10 am – 17 pm (1 hour break)
Shenzhou Open University of TCM
Geldersekade 67, 1011 EK Amsterdam
Levels of experience
  • Acupuncturist, Herbalist or final year student
  • Shiatsu therapist
Number of participants
The minimum number of participants required is 20.

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