Claude Larre's visionary understanding of the philosophical and culturalbackground of classical Chinese medicine and Elisabeth Rochat's thoroughknowledge of the Chinese medical classics provide a unique insight into thefoundations of Chinese medicine. Here they turn their attention to the sixextraordinary fu: brain, marrow, bones, mai, gallbladder, and uterus. The authors argue that like the eight extraordinary meridians, the set of sixextraordinary fu connects us with a level within the human being which is moreessential than that encompassed by the regular zang and fu. Understanding theirsix unique natures will bring us closer to the mystery of an individual's vitality, andcloser to what is extraordinary, surprising, and wonderful about life itself. This book, transcribed and edited from lectures held in London, discusses eachin detail, and explains their common function as fu which store essences. Muchemphasis is placed on classical sources and commentaries and upon gainingfamiliarity with the meaning of the key Chinese characters.