Acupuncture Continuing Education

The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Chinese Medicine

Book Review

Acupuncturists have an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the classics with Dr. Maoshing Ni’s translation of The Yellow Emperor Emperor’s Classic of Medicine (Neijing Su Wen). This ancient work, considered to be over 2,000 years old, is considered a central text of both Taoism and Chinese medicine. It is characterized by its clinically accurate translation and readability. The Neijing Su Wen is essentially conversations between Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor, and his ministers. This dialog reveals many universal truths that govern health, well being, and the nature of our world.

Dr. Maoshing Ni expertly brings this text to life with an incredibly transparent translation style. It is not only an enjoyable read but also a clinically valuable window into the world of Chinese medicine theory. There is literally no need to rely on references to footnotes and outside sources to obtain the knowledge from this text. The author was presented with a monumental task to achieve this level of readability but he delivers with both grace and style.

One important concept that is deeply explored is that the inner world of spiritual harmony and physical well being is connected with the environment in which we live. The theoretical basis of holism is presented both philosophically and tangibly through the elucidation of the effects of external climactic conditions as they relate to inner health. For example, the author carefully brings to life the nature of our emotional changes as they relate to the changes of the seasons.

The author takes us back in time to the emperor’s chambers to hear the pearls of wisdom shared in his conversations. This book takes us on a journey to learn both the secrets of longevity and good health and the clinical pathologies resulting from a life of imbalance. As a foundational text of Chinese medicine, it is ultimately required reading for all acupuncturists and makes for quality reading for acupuncture continuing education. However, the fluidity of the writing style opens the doors of this text to the layperson interested in philosophical Taoism and the nature of universal laws governing human health and well being.

What is remarkable about this text is its relevancy to modern times. More than ever, the issues of a balanced lifestyle, diet, and a harmonious relationship to our natural environment ring true. It is commendable that Dr. Maoshing Ni has been able to create this valuable English translation of this work.


About the translator of The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine:
Dr. Maoshing Ni is a thirty-eighth generation doctor of Chinese medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist in Santa Monica, California. He is the co-founder of Yo San University in Los Angeles and is the author of Chinese Herbology Made Easy, The Tao of Nutrition, Second Spring, Secrets of Self-Healing, and Secrets of Longevity.