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Question #2. “Wind causes numbness in tingling” in a question regarding external pathogens. I’m trying to find a source for this and to compare with what fire or dampness might cause- but I can’t find it in Macciocia. Where can I study this/find this info?

This one is tricky because Internal Wind is still considered a pathogenic factor. This is briefly taught in Maciocia’s Foundations of Chinese medicine in the Pathogenic Factors section. Internal Wind can cause tremors, tics, severe dizziness, vertigo and numbness.

Question #52. There was a question about broken needle where the the answer key had needling against the flow of an acupuncture channel as a reason for a broken needle over poor needling quality.

The answer to this question is wrong and has been updated. Needling against the flow of an acupuncture channel is not a cause of a broken needle.

Question #74 ST8 + ST44 + LI4 for yellow nasal discharge over YANG MING Headache. I wonder how we differentiate that.

The question has been repaired because ST8 is indicated for Yangming headache.

Question #126: Gallstones and Kidney Stones are intangible phlegm- but is this not tangible phlegm?? Also haven’t been able to find this in my notes.

This is taught in Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Maciocia in the Qi-Blood-Body Fluids section.
Substantial Phlegm: Phlegm in the Lungs
Insubstantial Phlegm: Under the skin, in the channels, Misting the Heart, in the Gallbladder or Kidneys, and in the joints.

Question #129: Defensive Qi (Wei Qi) + Nutrtive Qi (Ying Qi) + Kidney Essence + _______________?
What does this question even mean?!

It should have said: Defensive Qi (Wei Qi) + Nutritive Qi (Ying Qi) + Kidney Essence = _______________?
(with an EQUALS sign – this has been fixed).
And the answer is Zheng Qi. Zheng Qi is considered Upright Qi and is a general term to describe the body’s ability to fight off pathogenic factors.

What is the “outer wheel, central axis and root” referring to when talking about ZANGFU?

The Spleen and Stomach are the axis
The Liver and Lungs are the outer wheel
The Heart and Kidneys are the root

This has to do with the movement of Qi, and it helps to picture a Five-Element diagram with Earth in the middle, Wood on the left, Metal on the right, Fire at the top, and Water at the bottom.

The Spleen and Stomach represent the Earth which is in the centre. The centre is the axis. Spleen-Qi ascends and Stomach-Qi descends.

The Liver is on the left (functionally) and the Lung is on the right – picture them . They function similarly to the axis – the Liver-Qi ascends and the Lung-Qi descends. These actions compliment the Stomach and Spleen actions in the centre.

The line drawn from the Heart to the Kidneys creates a vertical axis and functions like the root – where the Heart-Qi descends and Kidney-Qi ascends. This represents the balance of Fire and Water.