Dismounting from the ox to catch the moon
Woodcut From: Library of Zhongguo zhongyi yanjiu yuan (China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine), Shouyang congshu: Xiuzhen miyao (Longevity and Cultivation Series: Arcane Essentials of Cultivating Perfection)
By: Unknown and Transmitted by Wang Zai (Ming period, 1368-1644)
Published: Hu Wenhuan (Ming period, 1368-1644)Hulin wen hui tang 1593
Collection: Wellcome Images
Library reference no.: External Reference You 11/1592, Ma 532, External Reference Wang Shumin 532 and External Reference Vivienne Lo.
Xiuzhen miyao, a gymnastic (daoyin/qigong) text of unknown origin, was rediscovered and published with a preface by Wang Zai in 1513 (8th year of the Zhengde reign period of the Ming dynasty). It records 49 exercises. This illustration depicts Jiang niu zhuo yue (Dismounting from the ox to catch the moon), a technique used to treat involuntary seminal emission. It is practised as follows: One lies on one's side. When ejaculation is about to occur, one closes off the right nostril with the fingers of the left hand, and with the right hand, one presses the weilü (Coccyx) point at the end of the coccyx and obstructs the seminal duct. One circulates Qi for 6 breaths. The semen will be spontaneously reabsorbed.