Sun Zhi Xiong

Medicine is a combination of fixed principles and their flexible usage that makes them come alive in the magic of the moment. The former transmits the truth of the ages, while the latter follows the subtle dynamics of time. Both of them need to be adhered to. Sun Zhixiong (Ming dynasty) trans. H. Fruehauf

Sun Yi Kui

A physician becomes perfect in the waves of change. Adherence to rigid principles will only create stagnation. Every wanderer on the path of medicine necessarily looks to the laws of nature expounded by the masters of old, but when the moment of action arrives, s/he must receive the transmission of the heart and become enlightened Read more…

The way of the physician

“To embody the totality of the Way … is the way of the scholar. To use an aspect of the Way so that the world may escape the horrors of disease and wasteful early death … is the way of the physician.”Wu Cheng 吳城,13th century Chinese philosopher (trans. Volker Scheid)

Two principles of medicine

“From ancient times two principles are important in medicine: harmonisation, which means to avoid the use of harsh and violent drugs; and gentleness, which means not to rush after symptomatic relief.” Ding Ganren 丁甘仁 Early 20th century physician (trans Volker Scheid)

The way of the physician

“To embody the totality of the Way … is the way of the scholar. To use an aspect of the Way so that the world may escape the horrors of disease and wasteful early death … is the way of the physician.” Wu Cheng 吳城,13th century Chinese philosopher