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Position of 'Portal of Life' (right kidney), Chinese woodcut


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Illustration from an edition of 1599 (27th year of the Wanli reign period of the Ming dynasty). It shows the position of the 'Portal of Life' (mingmen), the designation of the right kidney in Chinese medicine. The pulse corresponding to the Portal of Life is palpated on the chi (Foot) sector of the wrist.

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PICTURE TITLE: Internal organs (zang and fu viscera); mingmen (right kidney considered as 'Portal of Life'). OTHER LETTERING: Small intestine; mingmen (right kidney considered as 'Portal of Life'); guangchang (great intestine); bladder; location of the urinary bladder; portal of the vagina (baomen), opening of the uterus (zihu, Child Door, cervix) - two extraordinary fu organs; urinary meatus

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