Case Number 27

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 54)


In this case Xu Shuwei discusses another patient to whom he could offer no cure. This time it is what he considers to be one of the most dreaded of the Attenuated Yin syndromes: ‘tongue curled back and retracted scrotum’. This is a brief case with a briefer discussion. Xu does not mention a better-known section in the Basic Questions (suwen), the ‘Discourse on Heat [Disorders]’, that completes the pathological picture. This section describes the penetration of the pathogen into the body over 6 days. On the sixth day, the Attenuated Yin tract, which is associated with the liver system of functions, receives the pathogen, causing the scrotum to retract. Instead, Xu applies a section of the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon – Divine Pivot (Lingshu) to explain a prognosis of Cold Damage disorder, integrating these two ancient books in practice.


Other Sources:

  1. Guo, Aichun 郭靄春, editor. 1992. Huangdi neijing suwen jiaozhu 黃帝內經素問校注 [Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon: Basic Question – critically annotated]. Beijing: Renmin weisheng, 1992 (2 vols).Google Scholar
  2. Unschuld, Paul U. and Hermann Tessenow (with the assistance of Zheng Jingsheng). 2011. Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: An Annotated Translation of Huang Di’s Inner Classic: Basic Questions. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asaf Goldschmidt
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  1. 1.Department of East Asian StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Visiting ProfessorRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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