Kung-Fu, or Tauist Medical Gymnastics, by John Dudgeon, , at sacred-texts.com
In a work copiously and beautifully illustrated on Kung-fu, which apparently has been abstracted from my library but of which I made a translation and had the most striking illustrations copied and cut nearly 30 years ago, I find many of the illustrations and descriptions with unimportant variations in other and later works on the subject, some of which have already been presented to the reader. The titles of some of the kung are altered, and the positions slightly varied; the description of the exercises is very closely adhered to in all. The titles are in most cases very poetical and graphic, and are supposed to be suggested by the attitudes. To save space, incorporation has been attempted. Repetition both in letter-press and figures is sought to be avoided, and only the more striking ones are presented. These curative exercises are followed by prophylactic ones, including the Dragon and Tiger series.
No. 1.—The Patriarch Lü's Method for separating the Roads (the supposed vessels proceeding to the various viscera).—For the cure of weakness of the pulses of these vessels.
No. 2.—The Patriarch Lü’s Method for distributing and regulating the air that has become stationary.—To cure spermatorrhœa.
No. 3.—Pa Wang raising the Incense Burner. (If the cock crow at the first watch, fires are prevailing; if at the second, thieves).
No. 4.—Ursa Major's Tail opening what is closed.—For the cure of all miscellaneous diseases.
No. 5.—For the cure of chronic abdominal growths.
No. 6.—The Etiquette of the Immortals.—For the cure of paralysis.
No. 7.—For the cure of Lumbago and Sciatica.
No. 8.—For the cure of cold of the Kidneys, with pain in the back and limbs.
No. 9.—Li Peh * enjoying the Moonlight.—For the cure of stoppage of the blood.
No. 10.—Moving the "Heavenly Pillar."—For the cure of headache, rheumatism and imperviousness of the blood vessels.
No. 11.—The Patriarch Lü's Method for curing Disease, caused by the blocking up of the vessels with the blood and air.
No. 12.—For the cure of diaphragmatic dyspepsia.
No. 13.—The Patriarch's Lü's Method for separating the Air.—For the cure of stiffness of the body.
No. 14.—To harmonize the blood vessels, the three divisions of the body (upper, middle and lower parts of the trunk, into which the Chinese divide the body), and to cure indistinctness of vision and weakness.
No. 15.—Pa Wang's Walking Method.—For the cure of painful contraction of the whole body caused by cold.
210:* Li Peh, the most widely celebrated among the poets of China. He derives his name, T‘ai-peh, from the planet Venus, which is said to have shot down and entered the bosom of his mother. The Imperial Courtier, Ho Che-chang of the T‘ang Emperor, on hearing of his remarkable talent, exclaimed—"This is indeed an Immortal banished to earth." (See the author's article on The Beverages of the Chinese, for further notice of the Poet).