The best way to learn the theory of TCM is by case study. From many classic texts, Yellow Emporer Neijing, Nanjing and IChing are the roots to set up a better understanding as many western learners get lost by culture gap of ancient Chinese texts. We teach them with the modern case study so that learners will benefit the learning of theory easier.
The theory of TCM comes from the teaching of Yellow Emperor’s Neijing. To learn the theory, a commentary of Nanjing and I-Ching will disclose the key contents. Nanjing was written by Dr.Qin Yue Ren, it was also translated as 81 Questions for Neijing (Classics of Difficult Issues) . I-Ching was the first book in China explaining changes of life and energy.
The language barrier is one thing cause confusions of learning classics, as for those over 2000 years old texts, even the published English translation not clear enough without detailed case studies.
Lack of the understanding of oriental philosophy is another gap, as the whole classic used many terms and context demanding lots of footnotes to cover. TCM is based on philosophy and astronomy just like conventional medicine based on lab.
Clinical experience is the best way to alive the classic teaching, though most learners have none at the time of reading. As the soul of the foundation of TCM, no learner could avoid this milestone and claim graduation of TCM.
Dr.Qin answered 81 questions that people already confused by the time of 2000 years ago. His book is the best way to learn the Neijing, as his excellent clinical practice could prove his teaching and the book was published very close to the era of Inner Classic.
During the same period in history, the oldest text of IChing was also re-edited by the famous Confucius to disclose the philosophy of Chinese culture. The Taoist schools also carried their traditional practice on IChing and left a few important texts. All those documents are written in ancient Chinese format and rarely introduced to West especially on the respect of TCM.
We have collected different commentaries of Nanjing in history and selected chapters from IChing to link the tie between TCM and Chinese philosophy.