Modified and translated by CFJA
Similar to Dr. Seino’s argument, Lee Ding 李鼎 (Jp. Ri Tei) born in 1929, also disagrees with the idea of bensho ronchi 弁証論治. While he has profound knowledge of philology, on top of his denial towards bensho ronchi, he thinks that “one shall emphasize the disease location, clarify the meridians and identify the acupoint by dividing the body into parts (head/trunk/limbs) upon treatment” (1).
Lee Ding is a teacher at the Shanghai College of Chinese Medicine 上海中医学院（Currently, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine 上海中医薬大学）, the first school to establish the Department of acumoxa in China. He is one of the important figures who had a connection with Cheng Dan’an. Shanghai College of Chinese Medicine 上海中医学院 is the first school that Dr. Seino attended when he went to China to study abroad in 1986. Although he was never taught directly by Lee Ding, the existence of someone that head-on denies Chinese medicine domestically sheds light on the world of acumoxa. Side note, Lee Ding is only a year younger than Yang Changseng. Although Dr. Seino sees similarities with Lee Ding’s thought, their treatment methods are different. We will leave this topic for some other time.
As a teacher, Cheng Dan’an dispatched more than 40 people, from the first members of the Chinese Medicine Internship Completion Group 第1期中医研修班修了生 in Jiangsu College of Chinese Medicine 江蘇省中医進修学校, to Beijing College of Chinese Medicine 北京中医学院. Shanghai College of Chinese Medicine 上海中医学院 dispatched teachers to Jiangsu College of Chinese Medicine 江蘇省中医進修学校 and had an academic exchange. Colleges of Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, Beijing, and Shanghai became the main organizations for creating the textbook. Lee Ding was one of the members. Nanjing was leading the process and Shanghai led the development and expansion.
After the death of Cheng Dan’an, his disciples progressively became the leaders, and in 1989, on Cheng Dan’an’s 90th birthday, they established a group that values a specific style of acumoxa called the Chengjiang Acupuncture and Moxibustion Style 澄江鍼灸学派. Chengjiang 澄江 (Jp. Choko) is another name for the region Jiangyin 江陰 (Jp. Koin), which is where Cheng Dan’an grew up. Yang Changsen is one of the members of the style. In March 2011, the Chengjian Acupuncture and Moxibustion Style Research Centre 澄江鍼灸学派研究センター were built in Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine 南京中医薬大学 and in October, the first Chengjian Acupuncture and Moxibustion Style Academic Investigation Conference 澄江鍼灸学派第1回学術検討会 were held. In 2012, the Chengjian Acupuncture and Moxibustion Style’s Folklore Construction Room 澄江鍼灸学派伝承工作室 was chosen as the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s 国家中医薬管理局 first event for the first national members of Chinese Medicine Style Folklore Construction Room 第1回全国第1期中医学術流派伝承工作室.
It seems like they were recognized by the country, but the fact that they have recognized them as a style 流派 (Jp. Ryuha) suggests its future development. However, it does not appear that a new style has emerged since then, and the circumstances seem to have remained unchanged.
The followings are the main academic ideas of the Chengjian Style 澄江学派:
1. Suggested an academic philosophy of acumoxa based on the treatment effect in clinical practice.
2. Distinguished the clinical practice of acumoxa that relies on meridian theory.
3. Emphasized the importance of manipulation techniques in acupuncture and De-qi 得気 (Jp. Tokki).
4. Suggested moxibustion therapy, to expand the power of moxibustion and to strengthen its effect.
*Created by Zhang Jianbin, Vice Dean, Second Clinical Medical School, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2015) (2)
It can be said that Cheng Dan’an was very successful because he raised numerous disciples.