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Sunday Talks Video Lecture Series

The Sunday Classes are a series of free public discussions on a variety of subjects based on Neijing classical medicine theory, presented by Dr. Edward Neal, MD.

General Articles, Podcasts, and Videos

Twenty Years of Nèijīng Research: What Has Been Learned? Part 1. Background and Principles


First published in Journal of Chinese Medicine
Issue 125 (February 2021)

By the 1980s, a majority of early Chinese texts had been placed on computer databases. This undertaking allowed new, potentially paradigm-shifting, approaches to classical text research. While the full potential of this research has yet to be realised, information discovered to date significantly alters our picture of the early practices and theories of Chinese medicine and presents a wide-ranging collection of new research and clinical opportunities to be explored. This information has the potential to change the way Chinese medicine is understood, taught and practised in significant ways. As such, it affirms the profession by providing new challenges and opportunities and at the same time presents unique challenges by requiring the reevaluation of core concepts. Part one of this article reviews work done over the past 20 years on the Huángdì nèijīng and presents some of the findings discovered using these research approaches. Part two will review the clinical methods that have been developed from this research.

Nei Jing Perspective on Life, the Universe and Acupuncture



We trace our medicine back to the Neijing, but most of our actual practices come from a more modern perspective.

Going back to those roots is not easy. Even for native speakers of Chinese, reading the 文言文 wen yan wen, the classic Chinese is difficult. For those of us in the modern West, these ancient texts are challenging. They require not just language, but a minset that views the world from through a completely different set of lenses and prisms than Cartesian and materialistic science offers to us.

Immersion in this ancient material changes us if we allow it. Gives us hints at seeing how matter and energy interact in ways toward which modern medical science is blind.

In this conversation we listen into how the Neijing gives another way of approaching acupuncture, the 脈 mai, channels, and helps us to understand our bodies as fluid based ecosystems.

Introduction to Neijing Classical Acupuncture Part I: History and Basic Principles


First published in Journal of Chinese Medicine
Number 100 (October 2012)

Classical Chinese medical texts represent the foundation for all traditional Chinese medical theories and practices. Written over two thousand years ago, these documents set forth and define the basic principles of Chinese medicine and the clinical practice of acupuncture. They represent a critical and comprehensive resource for the modern practitioner. Despite their importance, the fundamental principles contained within these texts remain poorly understood and rarely used in modern clinical practice.

Introduction to Neijing Classical Acupuncture Part II: Clinical Theory


First published in Journal of Chinese Medicine
Number 102 (June 2013)

As outlined in Part I of this article, the theories and practices of Neijing classical acupuncture are radically different from the type of acupuncture commonly practised today. In essence, Neijing classical acupuncture is a form of clinical surgery, the goal of which is to restore the body’s circulatory pathways and tissue planes to a state of dynamic balance. In its clinical application, Neijing classical acupuncture is a physician-level skill built upon a sophisticated understanding of the innate patterns of nature and an in-depth knowledge of the structure and physiology of the human body.

Introduction to Neijing Classical Acupuncture Part III: Clinical Therapeutics


First published in Journal of Chinese Medicine
Number 104 (February 2014)

Chinese medicine currently stands at a critical crossroad in its development, and today exists at a significant distance from the ideas that gave birth to its practice. Shared concepts and terms resonate through classical texts and modern theories, and yet - especially in the West - there exists a significant divide between what was originally envisioned and what is currently practised and taught. This poses significant challenges for the profession.

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