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Advanced Anatomy & Physiology

Every tissue of the body is connected
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to others and intermeshed with yet more. Blood vessels and nerves, for instance, weave their way into almost every tissue. Muscles connect to bones – or – you can just as easily say bones connect to muscles, as you can look at the tissues from either dependency with your teishins. I say “teishins” because you need at least two teishin to diagnose tissues within tissues. The teishin closest to the body is the primary tissue and each teishin added further away from the body but placed over the previous teishin represents a tissue within a tissue or even tissues within tissues within tissues and so on.

Say It With Me: Teishin-Magnification

Tissues have degrees of magnification. Every large tissue is comprised of smaller constructive units which are further comprised of smaller building blocks. The lowest magnification for a muscle is the entire muscle. The next level of magnification is the muscle fascicle. The next level of magnification is the muscle fiber. The next level of magnification is the myofibril or any other units within the muscle fiber. At each level of magnification, you will find 360° of energy. In other words, at each level of magnification, you can apply the same basic principles to treat smaller and smaller components of a problem.

Structural Themes In Anatomy

A common theme runs through the compass angles inside every tissue. (See the chapter on “Big To Small and Abbreviations” if the abbreviations throw you). KD compass angles relate to structures with high complexity. BL relates to structures of simple complexity. Within every tissue or sub-tissue, you will always find two structures that can be broken down into KD or BL structures at each level of magnification. LU relates to interior boundaries and LI relates to exterior boundaries (exterior boundaries for Yang organs includes surfaces that touch food, stool, and urine). SP relates to cells in conglomeration and to energy centers. ST relates to muscular structures or movement structures. GB relates to elastic structures. LV relates to connective structures. HT relates to open areas such as lumen. SI relates to capillaries. TW relates to arteries, hormones, and secretions. PC relates to safety mechanisms or retrieval mechanisms such as veins or lymphatic vessels or even lymphocytes.

In the chapter “Big To Small and Abbreviations”, I discussed how every vertical angle also follows a theme. With the vertical angles, V.0° to V.-90° relate to tissues as a whole down to individual parts of a tissue respectively. And V.0° to V.+90° relate to interior to exterior tissues of the same tissue type (ie. muscles of leg) or interior to exterior within the same tissue unit (ie. deep to superficial within the gluteus maximus).

Thinking Big About Thinking Small

If you take this theoretical construct to its fullest, you might wonder if you could increase your magnification all the way down into the nucleus of a cell and into the very DNA. I absolutely believe this is possible. This is yet another reason to respect this medicine and to always keep in mind that misuse could cause great harm. Creating harm on the level of the DNA sounds like a very bad idea to me. In my mind, this is playing with fire. But then again, if you follow the
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basics of Heaven, Man, and Earth you should be safe. In fact, I treat this level of magnification and even deeper on a regular basis with extraordinary results.

Some people out there might have genetic diseases and their very reason for investigating Fu Xi Wen is to heal at this incredibly deep level. Be extremely extremely careful. Be extremely extremely slow and methodical. Treat the container energy first before you treat the tissues themselves. And know that while the whole Fu Xi Wen community supports you, your work at these frontiers, just as in any Fu Xi Wen domain, is entirely at your own risk and subject to the Fu Xi Wen User Agreement.

Maybe it is even possible to use enough teishin to enter the microscopic world of atoms. Truly I believe it may be possible. There is a whole universe to explore through the Fu Xi Wen paradigm.

But let's return to the world we know and experience daily to see how we can apply anatomical principles in the most ingenious ways.

A Case In Point

Let's take the muscle as an example. STKD or W.+10°/E.-10° V.0° represents the entire muscle. At this level of magnification, all of the other building blocks are large – for instance, veins, arteries, bones, and the like. Muscles always attach to two bones – one that is closer to the head (or exterior) and one that is closer to the feet (or interior). Within STKD , the bones closest to the hands or feet to which the muscle is attached are located at KDKD or N.-35°/S.+35° V.0° (you will find the bones closest to the head at KDBL). Another way to write this is ST(KD)KD(KD) and ST(KD)BL(KD). This requires a teishin to be pointed in the muscle direction and another teishin to be pointed on top of the first at the bone direction for diagnosis (or the treatment tool for treatment).

If we point two teishin in the same direction at STKD, effectively, ST(KD)ST(KD), then you enter the deeper level of the ST muscle and increase the magnification. Let me say that again: in most cases, repeating the primary tissue-angle direction increases the magnification one level smaller.

The lowest magnification of a muscle is the entire muscle body. The next level of magnification includes the muscle fascicles. At this level, there are still bony attachments at: ST(KD)ST(KD)KD(KD). At the next level of depth at: ST(KD)ST(KD)ST(KD), you reach the level of magnification of the muscle fiber. Here you have the muscle fiber cell at the ST(KD)ST(KD)ST(KD)KD(KD) level and a satellite cell at the ST(KD)ST(KD)ST(KD)BL(KD) level. As you can see, to reach this level of magnification, you need four teishin.

I can hold up to eight teishin in my hands, but just barely. To magnify any further we need someone out there to invent a new tool that connects teishin together, as they fall out of my hands at this point. Perhaps some form of magnet might connect them, as the magnet itself becomes part of the Jing component of the treatment. I'll let you work this out.

Anatomy Guide

In the Anatomy Guide, I have done the initial work of categorizing as much of our anatomy as possible according to the tissue-angle directions. The retina, for instance, is effectively skin inside the eye, or: LV(LD)KD(KD)LI(LU). I mention this in particular because I do not recommend playing around with your retina as at the very least, it will cause you to have a very bad eye headache. I have also identified structures of the brain. The temporal lobe, for instance, is KD(KD)BL(KD)KD(KD). I mention the brain as another note of caution. I strongly advise people from working with the brain. If it is essential for your disorder to do so, for instance with MS, then work extremely extremely slowly and with extreme caution. Your brain is the command center of your nervous system and it controls voluntary and involuntary components of your physiology. It is theoretically possible to kill yourself if you treat the brain incorrectly. And in my work to classify all of anatomy according to tissue-angles, I have had several instances
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where working with the brain caused me to experience mild but disconcerting negative side effects.

Another location I am particularly concerned about is the nerves of the heart. The wrong treatment can be fatal, so if it is essential for you to treat this location, be extremely careful and have someone on hand to help you in the case of an emergency.

When it comes to dangerous areas of anatomy, always do a small treatment first before you do a strong one. Always treat the container Qi first at least one day before you treat the tissue. And then determine if you need to treat the tissue at all. Be extremely slow and methodical.

Treating Multiple Dependencies

Returning to our muscle example, you can diagnose and treat just the muscle. You can also diagnose and treat the muscle that is dependent on the bone (“dependent” meaning the muscle is accessed through its connection from the bone – the bone is the primary tissue). You can look at the muscle dependent on the nerves (nerves as primary). You can look at the muscle dependent on the tendon (tendon as primary). Or, of course, you can simply treat the muscles without focusing on any other dependencies (muscle as primary).

Every tissue has innumerable dependencies. What may not be so obvious, is when only one or only a couple of dependencies are the source of the problem. In this case, a tissue may seem entirely balanced when viewed as the primary tissue – but imbalanced when viewed as a dependent tissue. I see this frequently.

Recently I had a patient in my clinic who suffered from shoulder muscle pain. As the primary tissue, the shoulder muscles looked fine. It turned out that the muscles dependent on the bone had excess Water Qi in Heaven and Man as did the muscle dependent on the interior sensing nerves. I failed to identify this in the first session. I treated the muscles as the primary tissue and he improved but did not heal. It was only after additional treatments when I discovered the imbalance in the dependencies that the patient experienced immediate and long lasting benefits.

So, when you work with anatomy, think globally about its connections. And also consider whether you need to magnify to a deeper level of tissue organization to treat the root of the problem.

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