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Big To Small And Abbreviations




One of the fascinating things about Fu
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Xi Wen angles is that when you treat a specific tissue associated with a specific compass angle, as the vertical angle grows from V.0° towards V.+85°, you often move from the deepest center of the related tissue towards its exterior surface. As the angle grows from vertical 0° to -90°, you affect the amount of tissue that is selected. At 0°, you affect the tissue as a whole down. As you move the angle closest to straight down, you move dwon to regions of the tissue and then to individual cells. Another way to look at it is that the vertical angle becomes the focusing lense relative to the compass angle. It is like the dial you turn in binoculars to set the image exactly where you want it.


Compass Angles:

N.-35° and S.+35° (together these compass angles are abbreviated as “KD”) relate to bones. As you move from V.0° towards V.+85° you move from the interior of the bone towards its surface. As you drop from V.0° towards V.-85° you change focus from the macro perspective of the entire bone down through bone regions and areas and finally end at individual bone cells.


N.-20° and S.+20° (LU) relate to interior boundaries. As you rise towards V.+85° you approach the surface of the boundary. As you drop to V.-85° you approach individual cells comprising the endothelial lining.


N.-10° and S.+10° (SP) relate to flesh.

N.+10° and S.-10° (PC) relate to lymph below V.0° and to veins above it.

N.+20° and S.-10° (LV) relate to connective tissue. V.+85° relates to its surface and V.-85° relates to its cells.

N.+35° and S.-10° (HT) relate to cavities in tissues sometimes called lumen.


W.-35° and E.+35° (SI) relate to capillaries.

W.-20° and E.+20° (GB) relate to elastic tissues such as tendons.

W.-10° above V.0° (TW) and E.+10° relate to arteries and below it relate to cerebrospinal fluid.

W.+10° and E.-10° (ST) relate to muscles.

W.+20° and E.-20° (LI) relate to exterior boundaries.

W.+35° and E.-35° (BL) relate to exterior surfaces.


Please make note of the abbreviations. Both compass and vertical angles have abbreviations. As we grow more sophisticated in Fu Xi Wen, it becomes helpful to simplify our language. So, from here on out I will start to include abbreviations for compass and vertical angles. In Advanced chapters and in the Anatomy Guide, I use the abbreviations exclusively, given the complex nature of explaining tissues within tissues within tissues.



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The abbreviations are also a link from Fu Xi Wen into Chinese medical theory – one of many bridges from the Western coordinate system to the Eastern paradigm. While it is not necessary to know these associations in Fu Xi Wen, for those people who wish to integrate Fu Xi Wen into their Chinese theory, the connections should be quite clear.


KD = kidney

LU = lung

SP = spleen

PC = pericardium

LV = liver

HT = heart

SI = small intestine

GB = gallbladder

TW = triple warmer

ST = stomach

LI = large intestine

BL = bladder


Vertical compass angles also have the following abbreviations:


V.+85° = SI

V.+80° = BL

V.+70° = LI

V.+60° = ST

V.+50° = GB

V.+35° = TW

V.+20° = SP

V.+10° = LU

V.0° = KD

V.-10° = LU

V.-20° = SP

V.-35° = PC

V.-50° = LV

V.-85° = HT


When it comes to abbreviations, the first abbreviation is the compass angle and the superscript is the vertical angle: ST(KD) stands for “ST compass angle at the KD vertical angle” or W.+10°\E.-10° V.0°.


Another perfectly good abbreviation is to use a compass abbreviation with the vertical angle. So ST(KD) is the same thing as ST(0°).


This can be helpful when talking about arrays of angles. When you are discussing treating the entire array of muscle from interior to exterior you might use the abbreviation: ST(0 to +85°). This saves considerable writing.


In my clinical notes, I can't use superscript very easily, so instead, I put parenthesis around the vertical angle.


Abbreviations become increasingly helpful when discussing tissues within tissues. A large amount of coordinates becomes unwieldy. But not so a chain of abbreviations. ST(KD)SI(0 to +85°).

This reads: “in the ST compass angle in the KD vertical angle treat the SI compass angle from 0 to +85 vertical degrees”. This
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could be used to treat all of the capillaries in the stomach organ, for instance.


Another example at the level of the chest could be: LV(KD)TW(KD) which stands for: “in the deepest artery of the liver organ”.


Or, even more complicated: KD(KD)BL(KD)LV(KD) at the level of the forehead stands for: “in the prefrontal cortex of the cerebellum (see the Anatomy Guide).


When it comes to the Anatomy Guide, you will find anatomical units can get extremely refined and require a large number of concatinated abbreviations. So it is best to learn these abbreviations in order to work on increasingly microscopic units.

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