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Voices of Our Medical Ancestors- Using the classic texts in modern practice • Qi009

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We give a great amount of respect to the Classics in Chinese medicine, but understanding these foundational texts of our medicine can be challenge, even if you do understand the old form of Chinese.

Just as many of struggle to get through the brilliance of Shakespeare, the classics of Chinese medicine require a particular kind of attention. And it doesn't hurt if you actually can understand the “gu wen” classical Chinese language. It's even more helpful if you engaged the other classic literature of China from an early age.

Our guest in this episode did just that, and in this conversation we see how terse lines from the classics can speak eloquently to confusing cases in the modern clinic.

Listen in and get a glimpse at how the classics can be applied to difficult clinical cases. You'll be wanting to spend more time with the Su Wen (Simple Questions) after this!


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Show Highlights
5:00 The classic Chinese literature and its influence
8:06 Modern mind and its perception of the ancient world
11:20 Using images to bring more understanding of the philosophy/non material things
15:30 Case discussion, Paleo and banana diet
19:00 How to better understand the context of concepts, like children learning language through emotion response to scenarios
23:00 Case discussion, sprained finger and healthy diet
26:57 Case discussion, some trouble with breathing
32:30 Suggestions to listeners to get better understanding of the classic
35:47 How the classics can be a bit dry and how we can put the juice back into it
38:40 Connecting the ancient texts to modern experience

The guest of this show 

Leo Lok L.Ac. (M.Ac.O.M) is a licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine and has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He is also the creator of “Voices of Our Medical Ancestors” (, a Facebook page that highlights the vast historical treasures of Chinese medical literature via multimedia presentations.

An avid contributor of the 4500-member group: “Scholars of Chinese Medicine“, Leo has helped researched and answered more than a thousand questions on the historical development, interpretations and translations of Chinese medical topics for colleagues worldwide.


Links and Resources

Visit the Voices of Our Medical Ancestors over on Facebook.


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