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This is a collection of medical essays by the Jin/Yuan dynasty master Zhu Dan-xi, one of the four great masters of internal medicine of his time. His theories indelibly shaped the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In these essays, Zhu discusses his theories on a variety of topics including the roles that diet, sex, and lifestyle play in disease causation and prevention. This book is an important companion volume to The Heart & Essence of Dan-xi’s Methods of Treatment.
Extra Treatises Based on Investigation & Inquiry is a collection of medical essays by the great Jin-yuan dynasty master, Zhu Zhen-heng, better known as Zhu Dan-xi. Zhu Dan-xi was one of the four great masters of internal medicine of his time, and his theories have indelibly shaped the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine up to the present day. Thos that know Zhu Dan-xi remember him as the founder of the Zi Yin Pai or School of Enriching Yin. However, Zhu was the lineal inheritor of the teachings of Liu Wan-su, founder of the School of Cold & Cool Medicines, and of Li Dong-yuan, founder of the School of Supplementing Earth. In fact, Zhu’s theories on enriching yin were only an extension and further refinement of these two gfreat masters’ works. Thus it can rightly be said that Zhu Dan-xi was the culmination and fulfillment of Jin-yuan Neoconfucian medicine.
In these essays, Zhu discusses his theories on ministerial fire and the importance of enriching yin. In addition, he discusses at length the roles that diet, sex, and lifestyle all play in disease causation and prevention. As a compendium of Zhu’s theoretical writings, this books makes a nice and also important companion volume to The Heart & Essence of Dan-xi’s Methods of Treatment. In that book, Zhu discusses the clinical treatment of a large number of diseases. And because Zhu carried forward the methods and ideas of Li Dong-yuan, readers of Li’s Treatise on the Spleen & Stomach will also find much of great value in this book. All three of these books are part of Blue Poppy Press’s Great Masters Series.
Zhu Zhen-heng, a.k.a. Zhu Dan-xi, was on of the four great masters of the Jin-Yuan dynasties. The Jin-Yuan dynasties are considered the renaissance of Chinese medicine. From the late Han to the Song dynasties, there was little theoretical development of Chinese medicine. However, beginning with the blossoming of Song Neoconfucianism, Chinese medical thinkers expanded and refined Chinese medicine in the Jin and Yuan dynasties. Zhu was chronologically the last of these four great masters.