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Huangdi neijin 黃帝內經: Suwen 素問, Lingshu 靈樞

Jul 24, 2010 © Ulrich Theobald

The most important book of Chinese medicine and a very important book of Daoist practice is the Yellow Emperor 黃帝. It consists of two parts, the Suwen 素問 "questions of fundamental nature" and the Lingshu 靈樞 "spiritual pivot", a book also called Zhenjing 針經 "Classic of Acupuncture" because the latter is its main content . The book is concepted as a dialog between the Yellow Emperor and Qi Bo 歧伯, his doctor. There is a complete translation by Maoshing Ni (1995), The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine; Boston: Shambala, in which the translation of chapter titles is rather made according to the content than literally.

Table 1. Contents of the Huangdi neijing 黃帝內徑
1. 上古天真論篇 Shanggu tianzhen lun The universal truth
2. 四氣調神大論篇 Siqi diaoshen dalun The art of life through the four seasons
3. 生氣通天論篇 Shengqi tongtian lun The union of Heaven and human beings
4. 金匱真言論篇 Jingui zhenyan lun The truth from the Golden Chamber
5. 陰陽應象大論篇 Yinyang yingxiang dalun The manifestation of Yin and Yang from the macrocosm to the microcosm
6. 陰陽離合論篇 Yinyang zahe lun The interplay of Yin and Yang
7. 陰陽別論篇 Yinyang bielun Further discourse on Yin and Yang
8. 靈蘭秘典論篇 Linglan midian lun The sacred teachings
9. 六節藏象論篇 Liujie cangxiang lun The energetic cycles of the universe and their effects of human beings
10. 五藏生成篇 Wuzang shengcheng Dysfunction of the five zang viscera
11. 五藏別論篇 Wuzang bielun Further discourse on the five zang viscera
12. 異法方宜論篇 Yifa fangyi lun Methods of treatment
13. 移精變氣論篇 Yijing bianqi lun Treatment of the mind and the body
14. 湯液醪醴論篇 Tangye liaoli lun The art of medicine
15. 玉版論要篇 Yuban lunyao Doctrine of the jade tablet
16. 診要經終論篇 Zhenyao jingzhong lun Diagnostic importance and discussion of the collapse of the meridians
17. 脈要精微論篇 Maiyao jingwei lun The methods of pulse examination
18. 平人氣象論篇 Pingren qixiang lun Pulse analysis
19. 玉機真藏論篇 Yuji zhencang lun Seasonal variations and abnormalities in pulses
20. 三部九候論篇 Sanbu jiuhou lun Determining life and death
21. 經脈別論篇 Jingmai bielun Meridian pathology and corresponding pulse signs
22. 藏氣法時論篇 Zangqi fashi lun Seasonal organ pathology
23. 宣明五氣篇 Xuanming wuqi Paradigm of the five elemental phases
24. 血氣形志篇 Xueqi xingzhi Channel constituents and acupuncture techniques
25. 寶命全形論篇 Baoming quanxing The preservation of health
26. 八正神明論篇 Bazheng shenming lun Acupuncture in accordance with cosmic cycles
27. 離合真邪篇 Lihe zhenxie Pathogens
28. 通評虛實論篇 Tongping xushi lun The nature of excess and deficiency
29. 太陰陽明論篇 Taiyin yangming lun Discourse on the taiyin and yangming channel
30. 陽明脈解篇 Yangming maijie Disorder of the yangming channel
31. 熱論篇 Re lun Discussion of febrile disease
32. 刺熱篇 Cire Acupuncture in the treatment of febrile disease
33. 評熱病論篇 Ping rebing lun A discourse on Wen Bing
34. 逆調論篇 Nidiao lun Imbalances
35. 瘧論篇 Nüe lun Malaria-like illnesses
36. 刺瘧篇 Cinüe Acupuncture in the treatment of malaria
37. 氣厥論篇 Qijue lun Pathologic disorders of heat and cold
38. 欬論篇 Kai lun Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of cough
39. 舉痛論篇 Jutong lun Differentiation of pain
40. 腹中論篇 Fuzhong lun Conditions of the abdomen
41. 刺腰痛篇 Ciyao tong Acupuncture in the treatment of back pain
42. 風論篇 Feng lun The pathology of wind
43. 痺論篇 Bi lun The bi syndrome
44. 痿論篇 Wei lun Wei conditions
45. 厥論篇 Jue lun Jue conditions: The separation of Yin and Yang
46. 病能論篇 Bingneng lun Normal and abnormal courses of illness
47. 奇病論篇 Qibing lun Unusual illness
48. 大奇論篇 Daqi lun Extraordinary illness
49. 脈解篇 Maijie Channel pathology in accordance with the energy almanac
50. 刺要論篇 Ciyao lun Rudiments of acupuncture
51. 刺齊論篇 Ciqi lun Needle depth in acupuncture
52. 刺禁論篇 Cijin lun Contraindications in acupuncture
53. 刺志論篇 Cizhi lun Principles of tonification and sedation in acupuncture
54. 鍼解篇 Qianjie The art of acupuncture
55. 長刺節論篇 Changci jie lun Acupuncture techniques
56. 皮部論篇 Pibu lun Dermatomes of the channels
57. 經絡論篇 Jingluo lun Channels and collaterals
58. 氣穴論篇 Qixue lun Acupuncture points
59. 氣府論篇 Qifu lun Pathways of the channels
60. 骨空論篇 Gukong lun Acupoints along skeletal indentations
61. 水熱穴論篇 Shuirexue lun Acupuncture treatment in water and febrile diseases
62. 調經論篇 Diaojing lun Regulation of the channels
63. 繆刺論篇 Miuci lun Acupuncturing the superficial Luo
64. 四時刺逆從論篇 Sishi cini cong lun Acupuncture according to the seasons
65. 標本病傳論篇 Biaoben bingchuan lun Biao and ben and the transmission of disease
66. 天元紀大論篇 Tianyuanji dalun Energy almanac
67. 五運行大論篇 Wuyunxing dalun The Five Phases circuits
68. 六微旨大論篇 Liuweizhi dalun The six atmospheric influences
69. 氣交變大論篇 Qijiaobian dalun Effects of the five elemental phases and the six atmospheric influences
70. 五常政大論篇 Wuchang zheng dalun Rules of phase energetics
71. 六元正紀大論篇 Liuyuan zhengji dalun The six macrocosmic influences
72. 刺法論篇 Cifa lun Acupuncture in epidemiology
73. 本病論篇 Benbing lun Etiology of disease
74. 至真要大論篇 Zhi zhenyao dalun Essentials on disease and therapy
75. 著至教論篇 Zhu zhijiao lun The Yellow Emperor on pathology
76. 示從容論篇 Shi congrong lun The importance of correct diagnosis
77. 疏五過論篇 Shu wuguo lun The five failings of physicians
78. 徵四失論篇 Zheng sishi lun The four lapses of physicians
79. 陰陽類論篇 Yinyang lei lun The three Yin and the three Yang channels in the human body
80. 方盛衰論篇 Fang shengshuai lun Growth and decline of energy
81. 解精微論篇 Jie jingwei lun Subtle reasoning
Sivin, Nathan (1993). "Huang ti nei ching", in Michael Loewe, ed. Early Chinese Texts: A Bibliographical Guide (Berkeley: Society for the Study of Early China/Institute of East Asian Studies), 196-215.