survey of the changing periods and qi in a cycle of sixty years. All a reader
has to know is a given year's stem and branches. He or she may then check
these tables for this year's period and qi, for its climatic condition and illnesses.
THEORETICAL ISSUES FROM THE SU WEN DOCTRINE
OF THE FIVE PERIODS AND SIX QI
5.1. The Qi Controlling Heaven “Comes Down, ”
the Qi at the Fountain “Joins” from Below
The doctrine of the five periods and six qi employs a visual model of three
levels. “Above” is the qi controlling heaven; “below” is the qi at the fountain.
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Book title: Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: Nature, Knowledge, Imagery in An Ancient Chinese Medical Text.
Contributors: Paul U. Unschuld - Author.
Publisher: University of California Press.
Place of publication: Berkeley, CA.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 441.
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