Nan Jing – The Classic of Difficult Issues
2nd edition, revised and updated
- ISBN: 9780520292277
- 2nd ed. 2016, 648 pages
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This translation and extensive collation of important commentaries is not only a work of monumental effort and dedication, but a significant contribution to Western understanding of acupuncture and Chinese traditional medicine.
While clinicians cannot expect to quickly and easily abstract techniques from this text, they will be able to understand the historical context, the technical problems, and the consequences for clinical practice of the many interpretations that have formed Chinese medical thought through the ages. Familiarity with this work was one of the necessities of classical acupuncture study, and remains so today, for knowledge of the Nan Ching aided the student in gaining insight and the ability to judge circumstance intuitively.
This newly revised and updated edition of Paul U. Unschulds original 1986 groundbreaking translation reflects the latest philological, methodological, and sinological standards of the past thirty years. The Nan Jing was compiled in China during the first century C.E., marking both an apex and a conclusion to the initial development stages of Chinese medicine. Based on the doctrines of the Five Phases and yinyang, the Nan Jing covers all aspects of theoretical and practical health care in an unusually systematic fashion.
Most important is its innovative discussion of pulse diagnosis and needle treatment.
This new edition also includes selected commentaries by twenty Chinese and Japanese authors from the past seventeen centuries.
The commentaries provide insights into the processes of reception and transmission of ancient Chinese concepts from the Han era to the present time.
Together with the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen and the Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu, this new translation of the Nan Jing constitutes a trilogy of writings offering scholars and practitioners today unprecedented insights into the beginnings of a two-millennium tradition of what was a revolutionary understanding of human physiology and pathology.