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Τρίτη, 2 Απριλίου 2013

Hippocrates first pair of veins (meridians)

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The description of the first pair of Meridians starts as follows: “One pair extends from behind the head through the neck, and on either side of the spine externally reaches to the loins and legs….”. The information Hippocrates is providing, allows us to assume that the first pair of Meridians coincides with the Chinese Bladder Meridian (Foot Taiyang). Moreover, then, the ancient text mentions, “and then stretches through the shanks to the outside of the ankles and to the fee...t …”. This is exactly the course of the Foot Taiyang.
The ancient text, concerning the first pair, concludes in this way: “So bleeding for pains in the back and loins should be made on or at the ankle”. Here, Hippocrates provides us with additional information pertaining to the course of the first pair: namely, that it passes from the back of the knee, at the exterior aspect of the hamstring. However, apart from this detail, Hippocrates here mentions a healing technique. This technique is connected with the course of this first pair of Meridians. Consequently, Ancient Greeks had theoretical, as well as practical knowledge, of a healing technique that pertained to the courses of their own Meridian system.
The aforementioned analysis of the Meridians is not done for theoretical purposes, but for the training in this healing technique, which in fact, is called “venesection” in the original text. (In the English text we have used the translator uses the word “bleeding” whereas in the ancient text the word that is originally used is “venesection”).
Another important factor is that the intervention Hippocrates calls “venesection” (translated as “bleeding”), is not performed on the painful area (in case of pain at the back and loins, the therapist focuses at the exterior aspect of the hamstrings and the ankles).
These two factors, combined with the suggested technique called “venesection”- “bleeding” (it can be assumed that it involved an incisive tool) lead us to the conclusion that Hippocrates knew and practiced a healing technique similar, if not identical, with Chinese acupuncture.
suggested that this technique has many practical and theoretical similarities with acupuncture. The channels system, which Hippocrates uses, to perform this healing technique (venesection), are called veins. It maybe suggested, that they have many similarities with the Chinese Meridian Network.

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Illustration: Blood Letting from the Foot, Illustration from 'The Works of Hippocrates', 1934 (Colour Litho)
by Joseph Kuhn-Regnier