Modified and translated by CFJA
In 1956, Jiangsu College of Chinese Medicine 江蘇省中医進修学校（Currently, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine 南京中医薬大学）was built in Nanjing. This indicated the official revival of acumoxa therapy as the national medicine in China. The first president was Cheng Dan’an and his educational policies became the basis for the education of Chinese medicine in China. There were five types of instructional materials on acumoxa around the time Nanjing College of Chinese Medicine 南京中医学院 was built – the solid educational system has not been established yet at this time. Cheng Dan’an was mainly using “Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapeutics 中国鍼灸治療学” published in 1931. After his death in 1957, his disciples published “The Study of Acupuncture and Moxibustion 鍼灸学”. Based on this book, “Acupuncture and Moxibustion Lecture Notes 針灸学講義” was published in 1960 and became the very first standardized instructional material for the College of Chinese Medicine. Up until this point, everything was based on Cheng Dan’an’s thoughts.
Later, “The Study of Acupuncture and Moxibustion 鍼灸学” was divided into four and was published by the People’s Health Publishing House 人民衛生出版社.
The Study of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (I) Meridians 鍼灸学（一）経絡学説 (February 1962)
The Study of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (II) Acumoxa points 鍼灸学（二）腧穴説 (December 1962)
The Study of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (III) Needling and Moxibustion 鍼灸学（三）刺灸学 (December 1963)
The Study of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (IV) Therapeutics 鍼灸学（四）治療学 (March 1965)
In 1974, the above four books were compiled and published by the People’s Health Publishing House人民衛生出版社 as “The Study of Acupuncture and Moxibustion 鍼灸学”.The fourth book, “The Study of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (IV) Therapeutics 鍼灸学（四）治療学” was written by the disciples of Cheng Dan’an. However, the theory and the treatment method do not match. This is, currently, what is identified as the unique characteristic of Chinese medicine, bensho ronchi 弁証論治. This method was constructed by Yang Changsen 楊長森 (Jp. Yo Choshin) born in 1929. In 1985, he edited the fifth edition of “The Study of Acupuncture and Moxibustion 鍼灸治療学”, however, even to this date, this has not been solved yet (Explained in “What is Eastern Medicine 72”).
Yang Changsen integrated the idea from toeki 湯液 (pharmacotherapy) into the therapeutic analysis of acumoxa therapy. Although they might look similar theoretically, it is very difficult to apply them in the practice of acumoxa therapy – pharmacotherapy treats from the inside whereas acumoxa therapy treats from the outside. Obtaining good results by using the treatment method based on bensho ronchi is due to the individual’s experience and technique and it does not show the effectiveness of the study of acumoxa. Dr. Seino learned Chinese medicine in university, but even to this date, this idea has not changed. It is no exaggeration to say that those who are promoting bensho ronchi are stopping us from advancing the study of the medicine of acumoxa.