In 1978 I enrolled in Beijing Chinese Medicine College with the idea of furthering my interest in Classic Chinese literature and gaining a practical skill in healing. To my disappointment, we learnt very little of classical literature. As for the medicine, although we learnt some techniques such as needling and herbal formulas, we gained little to no understanding of how these techniques were created and the real logic behind them.
So I began to look for doctors who were trained prior to 1949, in the hope of learning the actual principles underlying yi. Through hearing from some of these older physician phrases such as cooling blood to relieve wind rash, or strengthening the soil to help lung cough etc., I stepped on a lifelong path of discovering the ancient logic of healing.
Based on my PhD study The Substitution of Yi by Chinese Medicine through Chinese Self-Colonisation, I published the book: Chinese Medicine Masquerading as Yi in which I explained the differences between modern Chinese medicine and the old style healing—Yi. Subsequently I published Yinyang Wuxing Spirit, Body and Healing, which is based on my 30 years of study and practice, to demonstrate how yinyang wuxing theory directs clinical practice.
Currently I am designing an online course: The Book of Changes and Yi易 医. The Ming dynasty scholar Zhang Jingyue clearly states: “The system of Yi (医) is the Book of Changes applied to the body and spirit. How can one practice Yi without knowing the Book of Changes?” 张景岳《类经附翼》“医易义”“医之为道,身心之易也,医而不易,其何以行之焉?” This is an in depth course that aims to provide the necessary knowledge of the Book of Changes, bagua and yinyang wuxing theory in order to greatly enhance both clinical practice and an understanding Chinese philosophy.