Sabine Wilms

Healing from, with, and through the Heart: The Role of the Heart in Chinese Medicine and Reproductive Health from the Yellow Emperor to Qi Zhongfu to Wang Gengyi

This lecture looks at descriptions of the role of the heart in health and sickness in Chinese medical literature from the classics to the recent past. With a special focus on diagnosing, explaining and treating women’s reproductive problems, we survey ideas about the heart from the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huangdi Nei Jing黃帝內經, Han dynasty) to Qí Zhòngfǔ’s Hundred Questions of Gynecology(Nǚkè Bǎi Wèn 女科百問, 1220 CE) to Wáng Fèngyǐ’s system of Five Element Virtue Healing from the nineteenth century.

In this context, we will look at the following questions: What is the special role of the heart in Chinese medicine, beyond basic TCM physiology, most notably in mediating between the external and internal environments of a person? What are the internal and external factors (practices, conditions, or experiences) that support or damage this function? What are the effects of a properly or improperly functioning heart on a person’s health? And lastly and perhaps most importantly, how can we, as practitioners of Chinese medicine and compassionate human beings, contribute to healing from the heart, in our personal lives, in clinical practice, and in society at large? In each of these areas, we will be asking ourselves specifically how this information applies to women’s reproductive health. Please come prepared with an open mind

 

References

  1. Twelve Characters: A Transmission of Wang Fengyi’s Teachings. By Sabine Wilms, published by Happy Goat Productions in 2014.
  2. Let the Radiant Yang Shine Forth: Lectures on Virtue by Liu Yousheng. By Sabine Wilms, published by Happy Goat Productions in 2014.
  3. The Great Treatise on the Resonant Manifestations on Yin and Yang: Chapter Five of the Plain Questions in the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic. By Sabine Wilms, published by Happy Goat Productions in 2018.
  4. Channeling the Moon: A Translation and Discussion of Qi Zhongfu’s Hundred Questions on Gynecology, Part One. By Sabine Wilms, published by Happy Goat Productions in 2019.

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Saturday 29th August 2020
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Healing from, with, and through the Heart: The Role of the Heart in Chinese Medicine and Reproductive Health from the Yellow Emperor to Qi Zhongfu to Wang Fengyi