Walks in the Apricot Forest: A Two Thousand Year Knowledge Gap

By Song Chenguang

PureInsight | November 3, 2008

[PureInsight.org] One day, when I passed a medical institute, I saw several people talking about something in front of a computer. Out of curiosity, I walked towards the screen and saw there was a picture of a blood vessel from a hand and people could see the capillaries in the five fingers. According to the researchers, the state of the blood’s micro-circulation in the finger would show one’s health. This research attracted a lot of attention from the medical community.

This made me think of the two thousand year-old traditional Chinese medical text Huangdi Neijing. In the sixth section of this book, there is a description of the liver. It is described as the organ where the soul stays. Its color is shown at the finger and the toe. Its nutrition comes from the sinew and this helps to generate blood and Qi. It tastes sour and its color is dark green. The liver belongs to the young Yang among the Yang organs and is connected to the spring Qi.

The connotation of “its essence is located at the finger and the toe” already includes the western medical research of the micro-circulation of the blood capillary underneath the finger nail. The health of the liver can be told by the color of the nail. This so-called color is a manifestation of the change in blood and Qi in the body. Chinese medical doctors can know the condition of the circulation of the blood and Qi by observing this manifestation. Also, this color is related to the function of the liver, the soul, the person’s mood and thinking, and it is helpful in the diagnosis. Modern medical science cannot reach this level, but Chinese medicine already had this complete system even two thousand years ago. The social system at that time was feudalism, so how could people have such great wisdom at that time? This is also a testament that Chinese medicine was not created by human beings but was passed on by gods.

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2008/9/26/55052.html

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