Voices of Our Medical Ancestors- Using the classic texts in modern practice

With Guest: Leo Lok

Episode Qi159

We give a great amount of respect to the Classics in Chinese medicine, but understanding these foundational texts of our medicine can be challenge, even if you do understand the old form of Chinese.

Just as many of struggle to get through the brilliance of Shakespeare, the classics of Chinese medicine require a particular kind of attention. And it doesn't hurt if you actually can understand the “gu wen” classical Chinese language. It's even more helpful if you engaged the other classic literature of China from an early age.

Our guest in this episode Leo Lok did just that, and in this conversation we see how terse lines from the classics can speak eloquently to confusing cases in the modern clinic.

Listen in and get a glimpse at how the classics can be applied to difficult clinical cases. You'll be wanting to spend more time with the Su Wen (Simple Questions) after this!
In this conversation we discuss:
  • The classic Chinese literature and its influence
  • Modern mind and its perception of the ancient world
  • Using images to bring more understanding of the philosophy/non material things
  • Case discussion, Paleo and banana diet
  •  How to better understand the context of concepts, like children learning language through emotion response to scenarios
  • Case discussion, sprained finger and healthy diet
  • Case discussion, some trouble with breathing
  • Suggestions to listeners to get better understanding of the classic
  • How the classics can be a bit dry and how we can put the juice back into it
  • Connecting the ancient texts to modern experience
Leo Lok
Leo Lok L.Ac. (M.Ac.O.M) is a licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine and has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He is also the creator of “Voices of Our Medical Ancestors” (www.facebook.com/cma.Voices), a Facebook page that highlights the vast historical treasures of Chinese medical literature via multimedia presentations.
An avid contributor of the 4500-member group: “Scholars of Chinese Medicine“, Leo has helped researched and answered more than a thousand questions on the historical development, interpretations and translations of Chinese medical topics for colleagues worldwide.
Links and Resources

Visit the Voices of Our Medical Ancestors over on Facebook.



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I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.