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Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Book Author Full Name: Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Books by this Author

  1. A Study of Qi in Classical Texts

    Qi manifests itself in all phenomena, and is inseparable from that manifestation, so its universality ought to make it easily accessible and understood as a concept. However, even if we are practitioners of oriental medicine or of the various art forms and movement therapies which employ qi as an instrument or a method, we often...
  2. The Extraordinary Fu

    The six extraordinary fu, the brain, marrow, bones, vital circulation, gallbladder and uterus, are a set of remarkable systems within the body which can act as fu but which also have the ability to store essences. Each of the six systems is examined in detail, and an introductory section provides etymological insights to give the...
  3. The Seven Emotions

    This book presents a study of the energetics of the emotions. Looking at classical texts each of the seven emotions of Chinese medicine is discussed in detail. The etymology of the characters is examined, pathological and non-pathological manifestations of each emotion are described, and relationships with the various zangfu are...
  4. The Secret Treatise of the Spiritual Orchid

    This book is a perfect introduction to the zangfu, their spheres of influence and their responsibilities as set out in The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, the Neijing Suwen chapter 8. Suwen chapter 8 is a text of simplicity, clarity, and deceptive brevity which hides a wealth of powerful images and concepts. It draws an analogy...
  5. Heart Master Triple Heater

    The first part of this book clarifies the aspects of the heart which have been variously translated as heart governor, heart protector, heart constrictor and pericardium. Xin zhu is discussed as ‘the heart as master’ and contrasted with the heart as a void. Xin bao luo is presented as the enveloping and connecting aspect of...
  6. The Kidneys

    This book begins with a discussion of the unique double nature of the kidneys; their relationships with fire and water are discussed in full, particularly through links with ming men, (the Gate of Destiny), the heart, the bladder and the triple heater. The concept of ming men and destiny is examined in connection with yuan qi (original or...
  7. The Lung

    The book begins with a description of the lung’s affinity with Autumn (Neijing Suwen chapter 2) and goes on to explore its relationship with the metal element (Neijing Suwen chapter 5), showing the movement of condensation and concentration through its association with the west, dryness, acrid and so on, right up to the diffusion of qi...
  8. The Liver

    The first part of the book presents the liver and gall bladder in Neijing Suwen chapter 8 and continues by looking at the five phase resonances of wood and liver as set out in Suwen chapters 2, 4, 5, and 9. The second part discusses the physiology and functions of the liver, its relationships with qi and blood, with emotions, with...
  9. The Double Aspect Of The Heart

    Within Chinese medicine the heart is presented as having a double aspect – two functions, two energetic qualities, two meridians. Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée explores this double aspect of the heart – the heart/mind that regulates emotions and acts as the dwelling place of the spirits, and the heart as governor of blood...
  10. Wu Xing: The five Elements

    This book traces the development of wuxing theory from its early beginnings - where we see the five elements in their literal sense, as the five materials necessary for survival on earth - to its incorporation into the sophisticated cosmological system of yinyang wuxing during the 2nd century BC E. Guiding us through well chosen chapters of...
  11. Essence Spirit Blood and Qi

    Drawn from lectures given at their popular seminar series, this book presents translated passages from the Ling Shu and the Su Wen along with the insights, observations, and philosophical reflections of the authors which are rooted in their textual studies of classical Chinese texts, and which focus on the "four treasures," as indicated by...
  12. Aspects of Spirit

    In ‘Aspects of Spirit’ Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée explores the concept of spirit and its relationship to the development of human consciousness through the classical Chinese literature. Beginning with a section on hun and po (the yin yang aspects of the human soul), moving on to jing shen (vital spirit), and concluding...
  13. Pregnancy And Gestation

    This book presents the various transformations which occur within the mother and developing baby during pregnancy. It begins with Suwen chapter 1, which describes the unfolding of female fertility, Elisabeth then gives a month-by-month description of pregnancy, drawing specifically on the Zhubing Yuanhou Lun, the Mawangdui Manuscript and...
  14. The Rhythm At The Heart Of The World

    Chinese medical knowledge is based on an understanding of the processes of yin yang and the five elements. Chapter five of the Neijing Suwen, the first part of the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, lays out these principles. The chapter begins with the laws of yin yang, progresses to the resonances of the five elements within the human...
  15. The Symbolism of Numbers

    ‘The Dao brings forth One, One brings forth Two, Two brings forth Three, Three brings forth the ten thousand things….’ These well known lines from Laozi’s Daodejing illustrate the central and essential role of numbers within classical Chinese thinking. Numbers are used to signify the...