Some Historical Perspective on Food and Its Preparation

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The history of Chinese cooking goes deep into history and is marked by both variety and change. The archeologist and scholar Zhāng Guāngzhí says “Chinese people are especially preoccupied with food,” and “food is at the center of, or at least it accompanies or symbolizes, many social interactions.” Over the course of history, he says, […]

Post-Partum Care

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The following article, Sit the Month, by Weijing Zhu regarding post-partum time is too informative not to share. When Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, or Kate Middleton as the more common oiks know her, gave birth to the royal babies, she stepped out to greet the world’s media the next day. Many Chinese looked on […]

Bipolar Disorder

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The imbalance of spiraling from Yang to Yin to Yang In Chinese medicine, bipolar is a range of Mind-Body-Spirit disorder, Dian is a Yin manifestation, tending from deficiency, and manifesting as depression and withdrawal; While Kuang, or mania, belongs to Yang patterning, and manifests as full agitation. Prolonged withdrawal [Dian] leads to phlegm depression transforming […]

THE SOVEREIGN HEART OF CHINESE MEDICINE ☯

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While the brain can help us to understand, it can also separate us from the essence of true knowing. Some of the issues of academic teaching, as well as the orientation we encounter in many of our patients, is that the brain wants to rule. The brain has its place but it is absolutely subservient […]

Wind 風

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According to the Lingshu, a classical text in Chinese medicine known as the Celestial Pivot, the adverse influence of wind was considered so great that the sages ‘avoided the winds like avoiding arrows and stones.’ Like the sages mentioned in the Lingshu, we are all cautioned to avoid even subtle exposure to wind. The wind […]

INNER ALCHEMY ☯

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Xing Ming Gui Zhi 性命圭旨 [1615], Taoist texts bearing theory on innate nature and the preservation of life force through inner alchemy. “Physical form and Spirit are together marvelous disciples of the Way; Innate disposition and the lifespan are mutually perfected.”   • Thesis by Daniel Burton-Rose, 1998 • http://www.charleschace.com/pdfs/Xing_Ming_Gui_Zhi-BurtonRose.pdf

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