Dr. Wang Ju Yi, the importance of returning to the classics.
Dr. Wang always emphasized the importance of returning to the classics to understand Chinese medicine. He once wrote:
“Channel theory is not only central to acupuncture, but is also a fundamental theory of Chinese medicine. As a result of many historical factors, channel theory was pushed to the fringes and largely forgotten. Medical practitioners only had to master the location, functions and hand manipulations of a few acupuncture points to be considered an acupuncturist!
Over a long period of time, the absence of acupuncture theory in clinical practice and education led to its stagnation and decline. This impeded the development of scholarly research related to acupuncture.
In the past few hundred years, many scholars in the Chinese medical community adopted theories from modern Western medicine and science to provide a new explanation of the mechanisms of acupuncture, and to replace the classical understanding of channel theory.
I conscientiously researched, meditated upon, and compared all of these articles that attempted to explain channels. In the end, it was from classical channel theory that I deciphered its truth and essence.
When we search for the roots of our medical art and trace back to its source, we discover that acupuncture was not concocted in a laboratory or from anatomical studies. Instead, it was developed by our ancestors and recorded in the Nei Jing. The development of my understanding of Applied Channel Theory spanned over 50 years. I believe that many of our acupuncture colleagues can relate to my personal experiences, and share a similar learning curve. We do not refute the contributions of modern medical science, but when searching for the theoretical foundations of acupuncture, it is imperative to respect the achievements of our ancestors and to dutifully return to the classics. It is our responsibility to decipher classical theories in order to discover the true nature of channels.”
(Respecting Our Ancestors and Searching for our Roots: The Source for the Cultivation and Establishment of Applied Channel Theory, North American Journal of Oriental Medicine, Vol. 21, No. 60, March 2014.
By Wang Ju-Yi)