Yoga and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM)
Below you will find links to short articles written investigating the many parallels between yoga, Ayurveda, and AOM. These are written in response to and conjunction with advanced "Cakra, Tantra and Esoteric Anatomy" training, under Hansa Knox, E-RYT500, LMT, at PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala. Each piece begins with a brief review of the nature, actions, and indications of Ayurvedic marma points. Discussion of parallel Chinese medical concepts and corresponding acupuncture points follows.
Please note, these are all very preliminary and will undergo much revision over time. Also, please forgive the lack of consistent Chinese pinyin tones, source Chinese characters, and diacritical markings for Sanskrit terms, in the writings appearing on this website. All of these are given in the downloadable PDF and Word documents.
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Note - Articles are listed in order of date written, most recent being listed first.
The Heart System of Chinese Medicine - (hopefully) the first part of an exploration into the parallels between the Chinese medically defined "Heart system" and the Anahata (Heart) cakra of yoga
Manibandha - center of inner wrist crease, Pericardium (Pc) 7
Hanu - between chin and lower lip, Ren (CV) 24 (with discussion of courage and self-confidence/esteem, as well as possession and the nature of clinical theories)
Janu - on top and behind knee, UB 40, He ding, Medial and Lateral Xi yan
Basti - lower abdomen between navel and pubic symphysis, Ren (CV) 4 and 5 (with discussion of the Kidney system, yin and yang, and the relation with apana vayu)
Yakrut - inner edge right ribcage, Lr 13 and 14 (with discussion of the Liver system)
Nabhi - at, and around, navel, Ren (CV) 8
Adhipati aka Murdhni - crown of head, Du (GV) 20
The Bhruh points - three points on eyebrows, UB 2, Yu yao, and SJ (TB) 23
Kaksha aka Lohitaksha (Rhyner) - in armpit, Ht 1 (with discussion of the Heart system)
Amsa - top of shoulder, LI 15
Bhaga - top of pubic symphysis, Ren (CV) 2 and 3
Kakshadhara aka Skandadhara - between chest and shoulder, Lu 1
Surya aka Amashaya - between navel and xiphoid process, Ren (CV) 12
Thoughts on Pada Kshipra and the Chinese Medical Liver System - A short article on the marma point Pada Kshipra (located at the base of the toenail of the big toe) and its overlap with the Chinese medical conceptualization of the Liver system.
Further Explorations into Pada Kshipra and the Liver System - Further discussion on Pada Kshipra and the Liver System, including the alternate location of Pada Kshipra between the first and second toe.