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What Are My Sources




Having met many people as an
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acupuncturist, I know there are those individuals out there who care about every little detail and those who could care less. My wife, for instance, really cares about sources. She is an academic and sources are the gold standard for measuring authenticity.


I know there are some of you out there who care about sources. I may not be able to satisfy your epistemological needs, but at the very least I can explain to you the evolution of Fu Xi Wen.


Before Fu Xi Wen was a twinkle in my eye, I was pre-med and very much in the reductionist mentality of the West. In our society, the scientific method receives the human sacrifices and the lamb offerings. Thus, I sacrificed my own body to allergists and internists when I developed chronic fatigue. Eventually, I received acupuncture and was cured from my chronic fatigue and allergies for all time.


The first source for Fu Xi Wen was all of my pre-med science classes in college and those I took as pre-requisites for acupuncture school, such as anatomy and physiology. One summer, I almost aced organic chemistry at the University of Rochester, no slouch school. So, I took my pre-med classes seriously, even if I did not follow the exact pre-med line up (I had AP bio so I skipped bio 1 and moved on to genetics instead. You med geeks understand this, right?), I was successful as a pre-med student, went to the top college in the United States, Swarthmore College, got excellent grades with my once photographic memory, and have every reason to believe it would have been easy for me to get accepted into medical school.


Of course, that is not the course of my destiny. I was dissatisfied with medicine after my allergy experiences. So being a doctor no longer felt right. Also, I had nascent dreams of being a creative writer. So, after college, I wrote my first novel. It was very bad. Very very bad. But, writing led me to freelance writing which led me to the internet which led me to the world wide web which led me to software programming which led me to running a software company. After running my own business and rising in the ranks of various startups (or dropping in the ranks with startups doing cannonballs), I had a revelation. Medicine still interested me, but the kind that worked for me was more interesting than the kind that juiced me up with steroids. Therefore, I enrolled in acupuncture school and found my intellectual home.


The second source for Fu Xi Wen were the thousands of hours I spent acing all of my acupuncture classes. While we did not have distinctions such as “summa cum laude”, I performed most excellently. I was selected as the class speaker at graduation where I used the phrase “green poo” without shame and made everyone gag with laughter. Again, I took my studies seriously. This three year masters program included thousands of hours of theory and clinical practice. In fact, I took hundreds of extra hours of classes to master multiple domains: Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. This allows me to use the designation M.A.OM., Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as opposed to M.Ac. (Masters of Acupuncture) or just L.Ac. (licensed acupuncturist). But since no one knows the difference, fat good that does me.


After school, I won the Miki Shima Life Long Learning Fellowship in a peer reviewed selection process. I used this fellowship to study the Neijing, The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine. Since I do not know how to read classical Chinese, I read multiple copies of the Neijing and cross-analyzed them to help weed out translator bias. The Neijing was my third source. I also studied the Nanjing, another medical classic.
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These books, and others, are listed below.


I practiced my craft for several years treating many people. My patients were my fourth source.


I began to teach classical acupuncture through continuing education classes and at conferences. In the preparation for one conference, I spoke about traditional physics. To deepen my knowledge about this topic, I studied the Early Heaven and Later Heaven Baguas created thousands of years before the Neijing. This was my fifth source. Copies of these baguas are available throughout the internet and in many books. Because of my work with the Neijing, I intuited that the Early Heaven Bagua represented Heaven and that the Later Heaven Bagua represented Earth in the Heaven, Man, Earth spacial planes described in detail in this book.


All along, in my practice, I investigated and journaled new techniques and explosive discoveries. One such discovery was the importance of the angle of the needle, which does not receive much focus at acupuncture schools. I started to explore what happened when I moved the needle in specific directions. I was able to feel where in my body the energy flowed when the needles were placed in specific directions. So, my naked and sumptuous body was the sixth source.


Feel free to explore all of my sources except the sixth source. That one has been removed from exhibit by a private collector. Also, I believe the many people of the fourth source may feel violated if you studied them. Please do not explore their bodies either.


Here is a partial list of sources that culminated into this work. I fear this long monologue will have no functional value in appeasing the source-lovers. But it is the best I can do.


Ni, Maoshing, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, Boston, Shambhala, 1995.


Liansheng Wu, Nelson, Qi Wu, Andrew, Yellow Emperor’s Canon Internal Medicine, China, China Science & Technology Press, 1997.


Hing-Nuan, Wu, Ling Shu or The Spiritual Pivot, Washington, D.C., University of Hawaii Press, 1993.


Unschuld, Paul, Nan-Ching, The Classic of Difficult Issues, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1986.


Bensky, Dan, Gamble, Andrew, Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, Seattle, Eastland Press, 1986.


Bensky, Dan, Barolet, Randall, Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas And Strategies, Seattle, Eastland Press, 1990.


Mitchell, C., Ye, F., Wiseman, N., Shang Han Lun On Cold Damage, Brookline, Paradigm Publications, 1999.


Birch, Stephen, Ida, Junko, Japanese Acupuncture, Brookline, Paradigm Publications, 1998.


Denmei, Shudo, Introduction to Meridian Therapy, Seattle, Eastland Press, 1990.

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