Traditional Chinese Medicine: Part 1, The Principle of Resemblance

A Dafa Practitioner

PureInsight | June 25, 2001

Traditional Chinese medicine is not just a study of the human body, but also provides a comprehensive understanding of the world. If we look into them carefully, many of its concepts have profound implications.

For instance, the "resemblance" principle used in Chinese medicine is based on the idea of "similar appearance," which means that objects with similar appearances are related to one other and have similar functions. It is widely known that what you eat will go to its corresponding organ. For example, if you eat animal liver, the nutrients digested from the liver will go to your liver, kidney to kidney, bone to bone, etc.. In addition, it is believed that the heart of a lotus seed can clear the "fever" of the heart. The heart of the lotus seed looks like a human heart. Chrysanthemum flowers can enhance one's vision, and you can see how similar they look to the human eyes! The skin of kidney beans can clear the "fever" of the lungs. The lungs are related to one's skin. Bitter melon can clear the "fever" of the stomach, and you can see what a stomach looks like by looking at it. Things sharing similar appearances have some kinds of connections because they are actually plants' eyes, hearts or skin. They are living beings, and thus they have connections with the human body.

Plants are not just alive, they also have minds and emotions. In ancient times, people who made a living by picking herbs in the mountains could communicate with plants. My grandparents said that picking ginseng in the past was a big event. People sang along the way while climbing the mountain. If the person who led the group found ginseng, he would first report how many leaves it had and people would know its age by the number of leaves. A ginseng plant could run away once it reached 7 years old. If people wanted to pick it, it would know and run away. A ginseng picker had to quickly tie the ginseng with a red string to prevent it from running away prior to carefully digging it out. There was usually a large animal waiting nearby a big ginseng. It could not catch the ginseng itself and thus would wait for people to pick it and then try to find a chance to jump out to grab it.

The "resemblance" principle used in Chinese medicine also includes similarities in some abstract terms, such as color, taste, smell, etc. Things of red color usually provide nutrients for the blood, e.g., red beans, jujube, and the roots of spinach.

Master Li said in the "Lecture at the Western United States Fa Conference", " Red soil and red rock are actually the enormous beings' blood… red blood is usually the blood of upright living beings."

I suspect that every red flower, red fruit and red root is related to the blood of certain living beings in another dimension. Because they were no longer pure enough to stay in that dimension, they fell to the earth and turned into objects with red color. Recently, I read an article on that described a living being in another dimension being knocked down to the earth, and as it fell, its body turned into a plant with many red fruits.

Many things around us have an origin with a long history. Some of them even have a very moving history.

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