In promoting 3000 years Chinese ancient wisdom, Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, 黄帝内经, which addresses all the major aspects of our life : Performance, Health, Illnesses, Emotions, Psychology, Consciousness, Physiology, I have been conducting training classes and doing one to one coaching to clients with all sorts of issues.
Last month a friend introduced an internet platform Udemy, whereby they have 24 millions students / learners eager to learn something in life, I get very excited with the potential reaching out to the whole world.
I plan to design the ancient wisdom in video training course, module by module.
Just a few days ago, my first video training course was approved. That provides great encouragement to me.
I found some great advantages using video training course. For example, to explain the fundamental concept of Yin Yang, how is the concept used to observe and understand the world and various phenomena, how Yin Yang changes taking place in our body, mind and emotions, how Yin Yang balance comes about to achieve harmony, …. I realize that if I do the explanation in the classroom, I may spent less than 10 min. as there are many other topics to cover in the 1-2 training days.
But in the case of video training, I have the luxury to spend more than 1 hour to bring the abstract concept of Yin Yang to deriving principles and application, and explain in details “What is Qi”? for 1.5 hours
I am now designing the 3rd module.
It is real great fun and inspiring.
You are welcome to listen and watch a few free preview video and study the video course objectives and program outlines.
This is another conflicting report against some long established nutritious product. Certainly more will come.
This is today dilemma of Western Medicine and Western Nutrition theory.
They have simple brain and naive mind.
They think that when the body lacks calcium then inject your body with more calcium.
Even engineers knows that with all raw materials input, the manufacturing process produces a new product, not give you back the raw materials.
Very silly ya for nutritionist to treat the body system as non-processing.
Suppose a family is unhappy. It appears that the unhappiness is caused by lack of money. So you give them a lot of money. Do you think they attain happiness ever after?
Surely not. Often easily obtained money destroy their life. What is important is the knowledge and skills to generate the required finance by themselves.
Our new Malaysian government sees the problem of NEP now, and they try hard to make progressive changes.
Similarly our body system must have the capability to generate what is good for healthy bone structure.
How does YEIC understand and treat bone related problems?
First of all, ancient sages observe bone weakness (osteoporosis, walking difficulty, joints pain) , memory loss (dementia), deterioration of brain power, hearing problems etc are related mostly to aging. And they all belong to governing power of Kidneys-sub-system.
They also observe that good Lungs and Large Intestine functionalities improve Kidneys-functions.
They also observe that poor Spleen / Stomach system weakens Kidneys functions. Do you not observe the same, aged people have poor digestive system?
The above is governed by 5-element Theory. 五行学说。
So how do we strengthen bone structures. It must be strengthening the overall body system. And by Life Cultivation 养生, ancient sages give us plenty simple and practical methods to improve the concerned problem.
Interestingly by practicing Life Cultivation, you improve the overall quality of your life, not just weak bones problems.
Do you think ancient sages are wiser and more scientific?
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the online training. “5-Element Theory 五行学说”， “Life Cultivation 养生” “Words in Chinese are texts from the book YEIC, 3000 years ago.”
Not long ago we talked about a story of the famous Chinese medicine practitioner Zhang Xichun 张锡纯 during the late Qing Dynasty, with his student-patient had 4 nose bleeding in a day. With Ginger as the major herb, he illness of the child was cured.
Today we talk about “Bleeding” and “Spleen / Stomach” relationship
YEIC says, Spleen has another function, i.e. Spleen governs Blood. “脾主统血”。
Here “govern” means in control of the blood in the blood vessels, and not flow anywhere the blood likes, nor should blood flow to the nose, eyes, lungs etc. in a healthy condition.
For example, for ladies, blood from period should flow downwards, not upwards to the nose etc. Often a doctor will ask the ladies any nose bleeding problem, if the ladies present her periods as problems.
However, if the Spleen is deficient, or out of balance, then the blood will flow in an uncontrolled manner..
In Western Medicine, there is no such concept as mentioned above. As such, for bleeding problem, the solution will not be directed at treating the Spleen,
Let me pose a question, What are the functions of Blood?
Besides nourishing the body and growth, another important function is supply energy for mental and emotional activities.
Hence if there is too much mental or emotional activities, much bloods and body fluids are consumed or exhausted.
Now we see the important function of Blood. Then if the Spleen is out of balance, the bloods cannot be directed in the useful manners, but wasted.
In the case of autistic children, how do you figure out the relationship between blood and his learning capability?
Do you know how to take care of your Spleen? What diets are good for proper functioning of Spleen?
What has blood got to do with your mind, emotion and consciousness?
In Western Medicine, blood is just blood, nothing to do with your mind or consciousness. But how to explain a person with pale face, obvious blood deficiency, and that person has little spirit, energy or drive in life?
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the online training. “Spleen governs Blood 脾主统血”，”Mental Activities 精神” “Words in Chinese are texts from the book YEIC, 3000 years ago.”
I am grateful that a Chinese WhatsApp group member shared about the learning problem faced by her child. This provides us an opportunity to learn about YEIC application.
As I mentioned earlier, this platform is not for symptoms diagnosis and treatment, but rather using the discussion to bring up the Theories and Principles of Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (YEIC), the ancient wisdom.
And the emphasis is Total and Integrated Approach and I use case study (e.g. below) to illustrate further why it is important to understand the Whole rather than some symptoms.
Once we understand the overall concepts and theories, we can better make good observation of various symptoms in our body and link to the overall body system.
The story of the child is constructed after a series of Q&A between me and the mother.
“The daughter is now 14 yrs old. Since 4-5 years old, she has learning disability. Today she hardly knows a few words and cannot write.
She has speech deficiency, and poor expression ability. Her eyesight is OK, urination is OK. Sometimes with constipation.
At 7 years old, the child had shocking experience.
She can take care of the younger brothers.”
To understand the Total Picture, good Q&A is necessary. Today many Western Medicine doctors and TCM doctors, seldom make too much inquiry, except focusing on the symptoms and carry out treatments.
This is very much against the Principles of YEIC, “Focus should be on the person as a Whole, not symptoms.”
Why I ask about the age of the case, as different age reveals different stages of psychological and physiological development. A younger person normally has more psychological and emotional issues, whereas older persons have more physiological issues.
I ask about various performance capability, as different performances are governed by different organs functionalities. E.g. eyesight is related to Liver function, learning with memory are related to Kidneys functionalities.
What are the good performances of the child, then we can deduce what organs functions well.
Although there is no details about how the child was shocked, YEIC theory tells us that Kidney Qi is harmed due to shock or fear.
One of the Kidney functions is related to Intelligence and Learning capability. We can see the connection now that the child past shock and fear experience affects her today learning ability.
The above is just brief way to illustration the application of YEIC theories and principles in our daily life.
Many group members often ask about how to do treatments to certain symptoms or problems. You can realize that this WhatsApp discussion is limited to reveal a more complete picture for understanding. Hence it is not wise to give suggestions on treatment based on partial information.
Furthermore, as discussed in the training class, Life Cultivation to help balance the Yin and Yang in our body system is not apply a single treatment, which will not work well, But it calls for several adjustments and therapies to be carried out together.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the online training. “Fear harms Kidneys 恐伤肾”，”Liver, one of the function is eye performance 肝主目”，Intelligence and Memory are related to Kidneys and Bladder 肾与膀胱的心理功能在”智慧”，”记忆力”。 “Words in Chinese are texts from the book YEIC, 3000 years ago.”
Today we have a case analysis, with limited information provided by a group member in the Chinese WhatsApp group.
The following are some of the symptoms : Sinusitis, feel giddy while driving, after meal feel giddy too. Not able to focus and concentrate.
Sinusitis problem since young.
If sinusitis is a hereditary problem then the person concerned should find an effective and complete healing method so as not to pass down to the next generation, not to accept it as it is.
Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic(YEIC) says : Lungs functionalities also manifest at the nose. Lungs and Large Intestines have paired relationship.
As per 5-element theory, Lungs are represented by Metal, and Metal controls Wood (think of metal axe chops wood). And Liver is represented by Wood. Then there is relationship between Lungs and Liver.
5-Element theory, “Earth gives rise to Metal”, Spleen is represented by Earth-element, meaning Spleen nourishes Lungs.
Hence sinusitis problem can be related to nose, lungs, spleen and liver.
We can see that symptoms can be related to more than one organ. Then we need to search for more clues for relationship identification.
For example, with sinusitis problem since young, was the child attacked by cold too often, taking too much antibiotic medicines due to frequent sickness? What diets system used that make worse the situation?
Any stress or pressure from e.g. homework, parents and teachers. Especially autistic children, parents and teachers not only have high expectation but with speed on the various therapies employed. This cause more stress and pressure to children.
Because as per YEIC, emotions, stress, personality affect different organs. Example, anxiety affects the Lungs functionalities, which is relevant in the above case.
Today symptoms as mentioned above, indicate symptoms at childhood not entirely eradicated, coupled with lack of knowledge on Life Cultivation., more symptoms arise.
Sinusitis problem since young indicate Lung-deficiency, which needs to draw more energy (YEIC called Qi-Blood) from Spleen (Earth) . Spleen is supposed to nourish Lungs, but not able to do so, as now Spleen becomes weak.
When Spleen is weak, it cannot produce enough Qi-blood to supply to the brain to do mental work. YEIC also says, Spleen, one of the functions, is Thinking. Now the person concerned cannot think and concentrate well.
As the case is a female, other information is required, eg. how is the period, flow, amount of bloods, any blood stasic?
Because YEIC also says, Livers stores and detox blood. From the period performance, we can also deduce to what extent is Liver functions are affected.
The 5-element theory also provides us as a guide, Metal Controls Wood, i.e. Lungs Control Liver. If Lungs are weak, it causes imbalance to the Liver.
Now we see that, : sinusitis problem is related to the Lungs-function, feel giddy while driving, after meal feel giddy too (related to inadequate supply of Qi-blood from the Spleen and Liver). Not able to focus and concentrate relates to Spleen, with one of the functions, in Thinking.
With good understanding of YEIC theories, we can related various symptoms to the key body organs system and we only need to improve the organs functionalities.
What are Key Messages behind diverse symptoms?
Don’t let various symptoms drive you mad looking for solution to each symptom.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the online training. “Lungs manifests at Nose 肺主鼻”，”Metal Controls Wood金克木”，”Earth nourishes Metal 土生金”，Various emotions affect different organs 情志(喜、怒、憂、思、悲、恐、驚) 伤脏腑， ”Diet system 饮食” ，”Cold 寒”，” “Words in Chinese are texts from the book YEIC, 3000 years ago.”
Very often people associate Nutrition with Supplement, something extra for better health. And many spend a great deal of time and money on it.
Dictionary definition of Supplement : “a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it.
In Chinese language, supplement 补, has two different meanings, 1. To add, like the above, 2. To repair something that is broken e.g. 「补衣服」
On the subject of Nutrition, most people take supplement as “To add something more”.
When we consume foods, there is a long process for the foods to be transformed to various products in our body.
This requires the proper functioning of Spleen and Stomach for digestion, Small Intestine for absorption of digested foods, Large Intestines to receive and expel the by-product, and Bladder to excrete urine, etc.
If along this process, the functioning is out of balance, the metabolism is not working well with toxin generated and trapped in the body, and if your continue to take Supplement, add extra foods,your body system will be further burdened. The body may need Removal and Expulsion and not Addition of Foods.
Is your investment in Nutrition more on Expulsion or Removal, Addition?
Some toxins get trapped and cannot be sent to Large Instestine and Bladder or sweat pores for expulsion!
How do you know when and how much to expel and to add?
Because we do not hold the notion of supplement as to repair the dy-function parts of the body system. We continue to add more foods as supplements!
If the blood vessels are damaged or weakened, there is loss of blood in the body or external. Likewise, there may be damaged or inadequate function of the stomach, large intestines, bladder etc. meaning these organs do not have the capability to hold the process foods and liquid in place. .. isn’t that a serious problem.
Capability to hold the process foods and liquids in different parts of the organs and body system is functionalities of some organs.
Shouldn’t not we be aware of these functionalities and take necessary action?
YEIC gives us the knowledge to recognize what organs functionalities are out of order or out of balance.
YEIC also gives a lot of information using ordinary foods to repair and strengthen these functionalities.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the online training. “Supplement and Repair 补与泻”， “Holding 固摄”，，”Organs Functionalities 脏腑” ，“功能”，。。。 “Words in Chinese are texts from the book YEIC, 3000 years ago.”
Today we continue to discuss how the Western doctors / therapists, after studying Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, understand more deeply the psychological aspects in the human body system.
These types of information are rarely found in the Chinese worlds of TCM literature.
Kidneys, one of the key functions, is responsible for the Excretion of by-products of metabolism namely urine, sweats. And bladder function is storage of the fluids and excretion of urine.
These were recognized by ancients sages 3000 years ago, whereas Western Science discovered such in the last 200 years.
YEIC also says : “ Kidneys store Essence, Kidneys are responsible for the formation of bones, and bones gives rise to bone marrow, which forms the brain, Kidneys has function in reproduction, growth capability.
This implies brain, intelligence, sexual performance, production of future generations are derived from the Yin-Yang interaction of Kidneys,
YEIC also notes : Kidneys and Bladder have cousin relationship. Kidneys are Yin, Bladder Yang. As per the 5-elements, Kidneys are illustrated as Water.
The Western scholars conclude : Kidneys and Bladder have capacity and capability in Past, Present and Future Consciousness.
The past can be the culture, tribes, hereditary.
Kidneys function include management of past, present, future dreams.
Early we also discussed “Kidneys Functionalities are also derived from Pre-natal. We can now see that Kidneys have vital function in our life.
Now we can use the above to explain many phenomena experienced in our life, e.g. autism.
Many autistic children problem came from Prenatal imbalance, i.e. at fetus stage, which we discussed early. The reasons can be hereditary, weak body constituents of the mother who were not healthy, shocks or trauma experienced by mother during pregnancy, which also shocked the fetus, (YEIC says “Kidneys store Fear), or sick mother consume too much Western Medicine before and during pregnancy,
All these and others affect the healthy development of fetus and baby.
Hence the learning deficiency of the autistic child, is not brain, behavioral problems or nervous system problems, but Kidneys Qi deficiency.
Sexual performance is one of the Kidneys functions. Young people with excessive masturbation habits lose a lot of Kidneys-Essence, weakened the Kidneys-functionalities, which can include weak bones, feel tired easily, not able to focus, learning dis-ability and affect the intelligence.
Forgetfulness, not able to derive past learning for today application, with fuzzy vision of the future, lack of willpower, are also another tell-tale sign of Kidney Qi-deficiency.
Can we not now appreciate deeply the wisdom of the ancient sages, sharing with us all the connectivity of phenomena we experience today, and the Western Medicine cannot give us clear, logical steps and holistic explanation?
Ancient sages also share with us Life Cultivation as ways to improve deficiencies.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the online training. “Kidneys store Essence 肾藏精”，”Kidneys functions responsible for Intelligence 肾主骨生髓, 脑为髓之海”, “Kidneys functions include reproduction, health growth physically and mentally 生殖，生長發育功能”，”Kidneys function has pre-natal attributes, 肾为先天之本”， “Fear harms Kidneys function 恐伤肾”， “Words in Chinese are texts from the book YEIC, 3000 years ago.”
Today we discuss more relationship between body organs and emotions.
Western scholars and therapists, who study Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, place more emphasis on the psychological aspects in relation to the body system.
On this note, Eastern Traditional Medicine, TCM doctors, do not consider emotions and psychology too much in treating patients.
Early we discussed “Spleen and Stomach in pair”, Spleen is Yin and Stomach is Yang. Spleen belongs to Earth-element. Stomach function is to dissolved foods, Spleen function is to transform digested foods to minute particles as nutrients for the body. (previous articles)
Spleen and Stomach also have psychological and emotional functions.
Fetus in mother’s womb depends on nutrients / energy supply from mother. Upon delivery the baby depends on his or her lungs to breathe and consume mother’s milk to grow.
This is a dramatic experience for the baby, learning to grow on by himself or herself.
And this self-learning process depends on the maturing process of Spleen and Stomach so as to take in other foods, besides milk.
But for 9 months pregnancy period, the fetus felt secure and happy in mother’s womb, with great emotional attachment to the mother.
If the Spleen Yin too strong, even after a few years, the child still feels very attached to the mother, and would not socialize with others, in school or at home.
On the opposite, if Spleen Qi is weak, the bonding between the baby / child is very weak. This is the phenomenal most occurred to autistic children, they do not like mother or parents to hug them. Spleen weakness also reflects in gastrointestinal problems.
When Stomach (Yang) able to take in more variety of foods, correspondingly the child’s learning sphere enlarges, and less dependence on the mother. And and child can socialize with more people.
YEIC also says : Spleen / Stomach has function in Thinking “脾主思“。
Hence for the autistic children with the above mentioned problems, the solutions lie in strengthening the Spleen and Stomach.
With good understanding of YEIC knowledge, parents can help heal the child.
Now, do you see the relationship and connectivity of Spleen / Stomach / Growth process / dependency / independence / thinking / socializing?
This is how Western therapists / psychologists, after studying Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, are able to provides more psychological aspects i.e. the Mind-Body-Emotion into the YEIC integrated theory.
Do you now find it fascinating about the ancient wisdom?
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the online training. “Yin-Yang 阴阳”，”Qi-blood 气血”，”5 Consciousness 五神”，”5 Emotions 情志”，”Spleen in growth 脾为后天之本”，，。。。 “Words in Chinese are texts from the book YEIC, 3000 years ago.”
Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (YEIC) says, “Illnesses occurred inside our body, they sure manifest externally as signals for us to decipher”
For example :
If there are ear-related health problems, the root problem is the Kidneys-functionalities. Hence YEIC says, “Kidney functionalities, one of which manifests in ears”
If there are eyes-related health problems, the root problem is the Liver-functionalities. Hence YEIC says, “Liver functionalities, one of which manifests in eyes”
Many Western Medicine eye-specialists testify, serious eyes-diseases, many of the patients have liver-related problems, like fatty liver.
Ancient sages, through years of observation, conclude the critically importance of functionalities 5-major organs functionalities (Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lungs and Kidneys) and their paired (Small Intestines, Gallbladder, Stomach, Large Intestines and Bladders), which determine health and illnesses.
The above illustrate organs functionalities from physiological perspectives, YEIC also says, emotions, thoughts, belief system, psychology, personality also greatly affect the organs functionalities, “五神”，”情志”。
Hence if a person get angry easily or frustrated or stressed, the negativity produce extra blood pressure with increase Qi pushing the blood-flow, which is carried by Liver-function, which further result in red eyes, urine yellowish color and hearing problems.
YEIC says “Liver stores Anger”, excessive anger harms liver, which is related to eyes.
Then you may ask, earlier you mentioned liver related to eyes, what about hearing problems?
YEIC says, : “One of the Kidney-functionalities manifests at ears, i.e. hearing”
And there is a Relationship between Liver and Kidneys (which Western Medicine does not know).
This is as per 5-element theory, Liver is Wood, Kidneys Water. The relationship is Water nourishes Wood. Liver representation is Wood, and Liver is harmed by negative emotions, produces heat that “burn” the eyes red.
Then the Water from the Kidneys cannot cool down the excessive heat in the Liver. And Kidney functions are affected, one of which is hearing problem.
Do you find it fascinating that ancients sages able to put in logics of various phenomena, in a relationship interaction and not like Western Medicine who will order you to see Eye-specialists and Ear-Specialist, and non of the specialist addresses your fundamental problems, i.e. your stress and emotions.
Autistic child’s tantrum
Many autistic children throw tantrum, temperamental, and some with violent behaviors, do you also see more clearly now that it is the Liver-functionalities out of order?
Early we also discuss, YEIC has the principle of “treat the person, not the sickness or behaviors”. Hence two autistic children with tantrum issues, one could be Liver function problem, another Kidney functions which is associated with fear that he experiences.
Life Cultivation requires the knowledge of the ancient theories so that one can make careful observation of our body, mind and emotions to constantly do adjustment and balancing.
Hence Life Cultivation can only be executed by own-self, not doctors.
YEIC says, “Illnesses occurred inside our body, they sure manifest externally as signals for us to decipher”
Can you feel the wisdom on the above statement?
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the online training. “Kidneys manifest at Ears 肾开竅于耳”，”Liver manifests at eyes 肝开竅于目”，”5 Consciousness and 5 emotions 五神”，”情志”，”Liver stores Anger 肝主怒”，”Kidneys stores Fear 恐伤肾”，”5-element theory 五行学说”，”，。。。。 “Words in Chinese are texts from the book YEIC, 3000 years ago.”
I am glad one of the Chinese WhatsApp group members provided the following discussion.
With discussion, sharing of experiences etc. we can learn more. It is better than just posting articles, videos from other sources without first own assessment or application and experience and share the same.
The group member introduced “Gluten Free Diet” topic for discussion.
Western Medicine research find Gluten diet is related to certain illnesses. According to Wikipedia, it says there is no 100% evidence that Gluten is related to autism.
Again, I wish to clarify, I am not against Western Medicine.
It is after much research and own application of Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (YEIC), it becomes clear to me the pro and con of Western Medicine, due to big contrasting theories. And I wish to share the differences for readers to make their own evaluation and judgment.
Back to the discussion on Gluten Free Diet, with such belief, parents put a lot of constraints on autistic child to avoid Gluten diet.
Is Avoidance strategy the best strategy for life?
Shouldn’t the focus be on improve the functionalities of Spleen and Stomach so that the child can enjoy a wider selection of foods?
Western Medicine uses term like Gastrointestinal problem. YEIC simply says “Spleen and Stomach out of balance”.
Let’s us understand the thought pattern of the ancient sages.
Spleen and Stomach are closely related to each other. We also discussed earlier, they are like cousin brother relationship.
Spleen is Yin, Stomach is Yang, a model used to indicate relationship.
Yin-Yang needs to be in good balance, so that consumed foods can be “digested” and “transformed” into nutrients for the body, absorbed by the Small Intestines, with waste product sent to Large Intestine for expulsion.
YEIC has the same theory like 200 years Western Science more than 3000 years ago.
YEIC says, “Spleen is a vital organs with functionality to transform foods into nutrients / energy or Qi-blood, for any living person. : “脾为后天之本”。
Western Medicine does not see the importance of Spleen function.
How do we help the autistic child to be able to enjoy wide selection of foods, including Gluten-diets?
We have to start strengthening the functionalities of Spleen.
YEIC also says : “Spleen, one of the functions, is Thinking”. This is the beauty of ancient integrated system, physiology and minds and emotions are related to each other.
We also notice many autistic children have learning difficulties. This implies weak Spleen functions.
They also have digestion problems.
We also notice many aged people cannot consume too much foods, and learning capability is much slow-ed and impaired, again it is due to Spleen weakening.
We also can easily notice, healthy adult with too much thinking and worries, have no appetite for foods.
Now you see the wisdom of ancients sages, through careful observation, they can derive relationship between Spleen / Stomach with digestion, thinking, learning ability.
With such theory, we only need to focus on how to improve the Spleen, and YEIC in the Life Cultivation, provides us many methods to execute daily.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the online training . “Spleen & Stomach cousin relationship 相表里”，”Yin-Yang 阴阳”，”Spleen function is a critical function for all 脾为后天之本”，”Spleen has function in thinking 脾主思”，。。。。 “Words in Chinese are texts from the book YEIC, 3000 years ago.”