Many people do not understand the connection between martial arts and healing arts, which is actually very deep. All martial arts from Asia well-known today have originated from Shaolin, the Buddhist tradition in China that produced a well-spring of herbal tradition as well as the heart of martial arts that has been practiced by the monks: Shaolin kung fu.
Perhaps I should note that meridian diagnosis notes occur in this budo blog because, while much of my website focuses on the wide world of plant snd mushroom identification and herbal lore, this blog is particularly focused on subjects specific to the far east, such as budo, shiatsu, and the Bubishi (all of which relate to the energy channels and many other aspects of Chinese medicine). My Living Herbalism blog is largely made up of notes pertaining to herbalism classes. This Budo Blog includes notes relating to the meridian diagnosis class. A previous post is of links to meridian websites: "Tsubo (Acupoint) Reference Sites".
Here are some links related to things mentioned in previous classes and that to be mentioned:
MA DANYANG'S TWELVE ACUPOINTS
Here is an interesting chart from AcupunctureProducts.com of the cardinal points, which are specific points in acupuncture as well as the vital points of martial arts:
Here is a list of some websites that have a meridian database and other useful information on the channels and points:
Yesterday I grabbed the Yojokun on the way to the five elements class at Radicle Herb Shop for some inspiring reading, as Kaibara Ekiken discussed the five elements from the viewpoint of a samurai physician. Actually, I have been carrying the text around for a couple years and find it deeply inspiring, and have posted previously on it in this blog. It is very interesting, as a previous (and current) student of macrobiotics to learn of the Yojokun's influence on Ohsawa's philosophy. My partner Sachiko has the Japanese version, which I regularly urge her to read because of it's profound wisdom and because the English edition omitted some of the text that focuses on herbs and moxa, presenting it more as a philosophical text than a herb book. However, I consider the information very practical and am quite interested in learning of the moxa and herbal guidelines presented.
(In addition to the five elements class at Radicle, link above, we are also repeating the "Chinese Medicine for the American Herbalist" four class series at Remedies.)
Includes course outline and additional details regarding the Catskill Herbal Apprenticeship in Big Indian, NY
Karate-do, Judo, Kobudo, Iaido