Wen Chiech'u — Thermogenesis (Heat treatment)
The Nei Ching says that all generations should hold in awe the beneficial applications of heat treatment which can help the exterior and also aid the interior of the body,' and how true these words are, even in this day and age, when many applications of herbal and non-herbal heat treatments are being used to combat both serious and minor illnesses.
Many different kinds of heat treatments have, through the centuries, been used by the nations of the world, but they were mainly in the form of hot or cold water or applied with hot sticks or pokers. China, however, went into this field to a far deeper extent than most countries, and this was due entirely to the foundations which were laid down by the 'Sons of Reflected Light'. So it is today that there is a vast field of hot and cold therapy available to all traditional Chinese doctors whether they practise ancient or modern medicine, to expedite relief or to speed up the processes of healing.
Recognition of the healing properties of heat goes back many thousands of years, as we already know, so a very firm basis had already been formulated before the Nei Ching had been written. It was an integral part of our ancient Chinese philosophy that if Yin was trapped inside, then it could only be released by Yang on the outside, and when Yin endeavours to work its way outward, then the balance can only be controlled by the Yang being made to work its way inward.
In every aspect of Chinese healing the aim is to achieve the harmonious balance of Yin and Yang within the human body, and should any man or woman, accumulate too much of one or not enough of the other, then the Chinese doctor will endeavour to attain the ultimate balance between the two extremes so that good health can be restored once more. What one man can do through bad eating and drinking habits, other men can undo by ancient methods and deep understanding.
On these principles Chinese Wen Chiech'u (heat treatment) is based, and there are many different ways that it can be applied, so all sick and suffering can receive its benefits.