One can see that Zhang Zhong-Jing placed this formula at the head of the formulas for the masses. It is worthy of Ke Yun-Bo’s appellation that this is the “Chief formula for the masses.”
In this short presentation Dr. Fu also speaks about the origin of Zhang Zhong-Jing's formulas. He refers to Dr. Yi Yin, 伊尹, who was a cook originally!
when I discovered that he was a close student and disciple of Liú Dù-Zhōu I was intrigued. After listening to this excellent course I can say without a certainty of doubt that we have another ‘Jīng Fāng’ master in our midst" Eran Evan
八綱 Bā Gāng: The Eight Guiding Principles – Once the key links are grasped, everything falls into place
When Dr. Fu Yan-Ling was here two weeks ago, one thing he said that stood out for me was
“Dr. Liu Du-Zhou felt that the bā gāng, Eight Guiding Principles were extremely important”.
Indeed, Dr. Fu, as an official successor of Dr. Liu, consistently steadied us throughout his teaching with these eight guiding principles.
When studying classic formulas, it can be exciting and even mind blowing to read a case study in which a formula you think you understand is used for something you never would have thought of it being used for. Recently I listened to Dr. Zhang Wen-Quan (another protégé of Dr. Liu Du-Zhou) describe observing Dr. Liu with a patient suffering from 3 years of Amenorrhea. She had been given formulas by other doctors to nourish blood, vitalize blood and warm the Kidney with no results. Dr. Liu used Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang – unmodified! The woman got her menstruation within a week…of course, Dr. Zhang gave an in depth discussion as to why this was the correct formula. Through this discussion, I learned to understand Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang, it’s function, mechanism of action and presentation on a much deeper level. Hint: For Dr. Liu Du-Zhou the tongue presentation was a primary key
What is even more exciting is to learn material such as this and then apply it successfully in your own clinic.
Recently I had such an experience with a patient. […]
Professor Liu Du-Zhou was born in 1917 and studied Chinese medicine from the age of 16. He was the student of two famous physicians, Dr. Wang Zhi-Yuang and Dr. Xie Si-Quan. His passing in 2001 was a loss to the world of Chinese medicine though he does live on, both through his prolific writings and through his disciples. At an early age Professor Liu was smitten with the power of studying the classics, especially the Shang Han Lun. He was thoroughly familiar with all the major classics and also involved in study, research, writing and teaching on the Shang Han Lun.
Some proponents of the use of classical Shang Han Lun formulas adhere to a rather simple lock and key way of working.