II. Combining the Conception Vessel and the Governor Vessel in the right way can dredge all the vessels and preserve the essence.
According to TCM theories, the Governor Vessel is located on the torso of the human body and runs through the center of the back. This vessel goes through the spine, belongs to the kidneys, intertwines with the brain, leads all the yang meridians of hand and foot, and is called “the sea of all yang meridians”.
The Conception Vessel passes the abdomen of the human body. It starts from the inside of the lower abdomen, comes out from the perineum, and goes up the body through the center line of the abdomen and the chest. It meets with the three yin meridians of hand and the three yin meridians of foot, leads all the yin meridians, and is called “the sea of all yin meridians”.
Also, as Physiological Anatomy wrote: “The spine is made up of vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and ligaments. There is a vertebral canal in the center of the spine accommodating the spinal cord. It is surrounded by 31 pairs of spinal nerves (8 pairs of cervical nerves, 12 thoracic nerves, 5 pairs of lumbar nerves, 5 pairs of sacral nerves and 1 pair of caudal nerves) connected to the spinal cord. The spinal nerve goes out from the back of the intervertebral foramen. Its posterior branch controls the back-muscle movement and the back skin feeling. The anterior branch of the thoracic nerve, along the lower margin of the rib, forms the intercostal nerve, which dominates the skin and muscles of the thoracic abdominal wall. Cervical nerves, sacral nerve and the anterior branch of the caudal nerve interweave each other, forming nerve plexuses (respectively the cervical plexus, brachial plexus, lumbar plexus and sacral plexus, etc.). The nerve plexuses give off a lot of nerves scattered in the skin and muscle of body parts such as the neck, upper limbs, and lower limbs.
When doing “Rhinoceros Gazes at the Moon” in Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong Shi Er Fa, the torso’s repetitious twisting and turning movements can promote the balanced and smooth transition of pressure. Doing it can train the lumbar intervertebral disc and ligaments, harmonize and develop the kidney meridians, the urinary bladder meridians, the nerves, muscles, and skin of the neck, chest, lumbar and sacral tail, and even the limbs and the viscera. These movements can not only make the Governor Vessel going through the spine and belonging to the kidney manage the body's yang qi more effectively, but also make the Conception Vessel better nourish the yin meridians. In this way, we can realize the goal of “dredging all the vessels by dredging the Conception Vessel and the Governor Vessel first”, “gaining affluent essence and qi, nourishing the sea of marrow”, and making the body healthy.
That is the conclusion to the exercising principle and the cultural connotation of “Rhinoceros Gazes at the Moon”. Finally, based on the splendid culture of the Chinese nation with a history of five thousand years, we will absorb the ancient people’s wits, continue to build on new achievements, and better help people all over the world.