The Golden Elixir Taoist Alchemy The Unity of the Three

The Seal of the Unity of the Three
(Cantong qi)

Most of these materials on the Cantong qi, the main text of Taoist Internal Alchemy, are excerpted from a new complete translation of the text:

Fabrizio Pregadio, The Seal of the Unity of the Three: A Study and Translation of the Cantong qi, the Source of the Taoist Way of the Golden Elixir (Golden Elixir Press, 2011).

See the Web page on this book.

Book Preview

● Preview of The Seal of the Unity of the Three, containing translations of 9 sections, with notes (PDF, 28 pp., free download)

Introduction to the Cantong qi


Online Translations and Notes

● Book 1, Section 1: Qian and Kun, Kan and Li
● Book 1, Section 18: Nourishing Inner Nature
● Book 1, Section 22: The Principles of Alchemy
● Book 2, Section 68: The Lovely Maid and the Yellow Sprout


The Title of the Cantong qi (PDF, 5 pp., free download)
The Alchemical Model of the Cantong qi
Two Biographies of Wei Boyang

Online Slideshow

Who Wrote the Cantong qi?

Text and Editions

Index of Main Subjects in the Cantong qi (PDF, 11 pp., free download)
Cantong qi: Chinese Text (PDF, 21 pp., free download)
Cantong qi: A Gallery of Editions (PDF, 46 pp., free download)