This book is a pocket-sized translation of the Nan Jing. Written in the late Han Dynasty, the Nan Jing is one of the four foundation classics of Chinese medicine. Its full title in Chinese is the Huang Di Ba Shi Yi Nan Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Eight-one Difficulties Classic). It is called “The Eighty-one Difficulties” because it consists of 81 chapters, each chapter discussing a difficult, unresolved or unclear issue from the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic). Arguably the most important classic for acupuncturists, the Nan Jing systematized pulse diagnosis at the radial arteries of the wrists, as well as codifying the theory and usage of the “antiquity points” (shu points/command points).
Why a pocket edition of such an important classic? Each of the questions and answers contained in this book only comprise a paragraph or two, and this book is extremely pithy and succinct even by ancient Chinese standards. This brevity was by design. In old China, this classic was meant to be merely read, but memorized. Highly readable and clinically useful, this handy pocket version will become a well worn friend in no time.
EDITOR: Honora L. Wolfe
TRANSLATOR: Bob Flaws