Landscape and architecture
The increasing discussion over recent years about how Chinese medical terms should be translated into English only rarely touches on the names of acupuncture points. While largely standardized alphanumeric codes used in the literature are undoubtedly the most efficient for students striving to master acupuncture, English translations of the point names are nevertheless useful for students wishing to gain a deeper knowledge of the acupuncture tradition.
Point names, the traditional means for identifying acupoints, have meanings. Some are anatomical names or characteristics; others refer to physiological functions, pathological changes, or some acupuncture points were named for their effect therapeutic effects
In Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, it indicates where the Qi flows out gets a related name on the point. In the book Additional Essential Prescriptions Worth a Thousand Gold it states that the names of acupuncture points are not from fantasy, but are given with profound thought and deep meanings.
The name given to an acupuncture point has certain characteristics, one of it is to name a point as landmark in the geographic setting, such as guan关(pass), dao 道 (way), lou路(road); san Li 三里 (three miles), wu li 五里(five miles); or to name it as a nature site in landscape, such as xi 溪(creek), quan泉(spring), chi池 (lake), gu谷(valley) , ling陵 (hill), shan山(mountain), kong空 (hole), que缺 (concave).
Another feature is to name a point as a Chinese architecture or a part in architecture, such as gong 宫 (palace), fu府 (residence), she舍(house), shi室 (chamber), tang堂 (big hall), ting庭 (courtyard), cang仓 (grannary), zhu柱 (pole), shu枢 (pivot), men门 (gate, door) and chuang窗 (window).
In this lecture, Dr. Yifan Yang will present and explain the names and functions of important acupuncture points by analyzing the Chinese characters and let participants understand the meanings; she will show and analyze photos of landscape and Chinese ancient architecture to let you feel and understand the flow, the change of the Qi as well as its speed and the space that the Qi can reach. In this way, the participants get orientation to select points to strengthen, accelerate and regulate the Qi. Moreover, she will introduce commonly used points and point combinations following the names. After all participants will also get ideas by following ancient Chinese philosophy, language and culture.