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Ancient Chinese cosmology that has guided oriental medicine for millennia is as infinite as the stars, deep as oceans, predictable as the earthly rhythms of the seasons; deriving meaning through timeless truth.

“If we can not measure, we can not know,” is the western-mindedness that threatens to divert the true and artful understanding of ourselves as unfolding aspects of nature known by scholars & sages of this ancient medicine. As practitioners of this healing path, and in this modern world climate, we must still continuously follow and help others to recognize the Tao, and therefore, their own healing. Observing and becoming one with nature allows us to know our inner nature. “Re-thinking” & “Adapting” Chinese medicine for westerners will potentially render the core of this medicine extinct. 


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Make Your Own Almond Milk

2 cups skinless Almonds, Pecans, or Walnuts

3 Tablespoons of Raw Honey

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon of Almond Extract

1 teaspoon Sea Salt (optional)

Warm filtered or spring Water

• Soak almonds overnight in warm water then pour off excess water and process to a smooth paste in a food processor.

• In a 2 quart glass container mix this almondy paste with the other recipe ingredients and enough filtered water to fill the container.

• At this point if you have a nut milk bag put this mixture into the nut bag. Allow the nut mixture in the bag to sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours before  squeezing the liquid from the nuts.

• Cover the milk in a glass or earthware container and transfer to the refrigerator.

• Makes 2 quarts • Shake before serving • Drink at room temperature

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The ‘Actions’ of Food and Why Almonds Are So Beneficial

In Chinese dietary practice, the overall properties and energetics of foods are always considered rather than individual constituents and compounds of nutrients. Foods have a direction they encourage Qi to move and channels they have affinity for, as well as seasons and conditions for which they are most suited. Almonds, as an example, are ‘sweet’ and ‘neutral’ in flavor and thermal property, entering the lung and the large intestine channels. Almonds moisten the lungs, treat panting and shortness of breath, and free the flow in the intestine to amend constipation due to factors of dryness.

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Why Soak Almonds and Other Nuts

Like grains, nuts contain phytic acid which serves as a defense to deter predators and thus allows a plant to grow to fruition. Soaking nuts helps to neutralize enzyme inhibitors and rid phytic acid, enabling digestion and absorption of nutrients in the nut. Once nuts have been soaked in warm water the skins are also more easily peeled off. Adding a small amount of salt while soaking helps further in neutralizing enzyme inhibitors, removing tannic acid, and accumulated traces of dust. It is not recommended to reuse residual water from the soaking process.

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Treatment of Bell’s Palsy w/ Moxibustion at LI4

Historically the acupoint LI4 [Hegu] has been indicated to treat Bell’s Palsy. However, research indicates that moxibustion at LI4 benefits Bell’s Palsy patients with facial paralysis specifically affecting the lips. The application of moxibustion to LI4 benefits facial symmetry similarly as would electro-acupuncture on points around the mouth. MRI scans indicate that LI4 also intersects sensory pathways of the face and mouth to the central nervous system, and that moxa at LI4 elicits detectable changes in the brain.

Hegu LI4

REFERENCES • Neural Regen Res. 2012;7(9):680-685. Infrared thermography and meridian-effect evidence and explanation in Bell’s palsy patients treated by moxibustion at the Hegu (LI4) acupoint. Ling Guan, Gaobo Li, Yiling Yang, Xiufang Deng, Peisi Cai. • Du YH. Clinical Evidence of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy. Beijing: People’s Health Publishing House. 2011. • Li CY, Wang QS, Liu Y, et al. Effects of amplitudes of facial nerve evoked potential acupuncture at hegu on peripheral facial paralysis patients. Liaoning Zhongyiyao Daxue Xuebao. 2009;11(10):140-141. • Zhang JB. Clinical analysis of the point LI4 treating diseases in the face and mouth phenomenon. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 1998(10): 636-637.

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Two French physicians have done a series of research experiments that make visible the acupuncture meridian system. Jean-Claude Darras, M.D. and Professor Pierre de Vernejoul, M.D. injected radioactive isotopes into the acupuncture points of human patients and traced isotope uptake by gamma-camera imaging. Their experiments found that the isotopes migrated 30 centimeters along the classical Chinese meridian system pathways during the course of 4 to 6 minutes. In contrast, injecting the isotopes into points at random on the body produced no such results. Further tests demonstrated that the migration was not through the vascular or lymphatic system.


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Safe, Effective Treatment with Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal medicine, a vital aspect of Chinese medicine, relies upon collecting detailed information from a patient by means of questioning, visual examination, pulse and tongue diagnosis, and some bodily palpation to derive a specified diagnosis that is unique to each patient’s expression of what may seem by the primary symptoms surrounding the illness to be one and the same. However, by the traditional methods of pattern discrimination, TCM practitioners derive the particulars of how an individual generates and bears the disorder by their underlying interconnections. This is the basis of pattern discrimination according to TCM.  

From the pattern we derive the diagnosis, treatment plan, and prognosis. A formula of medicinals in their raw form is composed, or if a prepared medicine fits the pattern, it may be used. Additional formula modifications are taken into account that continue to address current and evolving patient experience and characteristics of their disease. This is in contrast to a single herb or herbal blend prescribed by cookbook-style symptom identification. Access to information regarding herbs and sundry home remedies is routinely taken out of context leading to adverse cumulative effects or none whatsoever with regard to conditions requiring resolution. If something has the ability to facilitate healing, it can also elicit harmful changes if used inconsistently with the unique roots of the condition. This is commonplace in philosophical health goals and self-diagnosis to identify and treat health problems. An experienced, licensed acupuncturist who is also a Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, is able to offer sound guidance in deriving results using herbal allies safely and effectively for an infinite array of health conditions.



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Acupuncture And Fertility

In a clinical study of 5,807 women, it was demonstrated that acupuncture improves pregnancy rates and live birth rates. Higher ovulation and pregnancy rates occur for women receiving acupuncture, and further, stimulating the production of gonadotropins, hormones that affect fertility including FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] and LH [luteinizing hormone]. The application of acupuncture points ST36 and SP6 were shown to prevent egg implantation failure, promoting successful conception. In a German study, of 80 women who underwent in-vitro fertilization [IVF] while receiving acupuncture treatment, 34 women became pregnant.  Of another 80 women who only received IVF without acupuncture, only 21 women became pregnant. A similar and subsequent American study maintained that 51% of women who had both acupuncture treatments and IVF became pregnant, while only 36%, receiving only IVF without acupuncture became pregnant. Acupuncture also helps with men’s sperm quality and count says a 2005 study in the publication “Fertility and Sterility.” Men who receive acupuncture have fewer structural defects in sperm and increases in normal sperm than men who receive no acupuncture treatment.

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Facing Difficulties

Concept derived from Reflection on Si Jun Zi Tang by: Thea Elijah, Lic. Ac.

We can not receive nourishment without acceptance of our task at hand. Partaking with some sense of openness we may transform our duty into something of personal value. This ability to transform is a central focus of the earth element in oriental medicine. Sometimes the foreign experience we must digest does not resemble something conferring nourishment, but rather a pile of rocks; something difficult and unwanted that we are faced with.


The spirit of sharing sympathy, an emotional attribute of the earth element, can be very helpful to one in the process of facing a daunting experience. The sweetness of sympathy can help to remind us what our transformation is ultimately for and we then have a little more stomach to digest and make good with our pile of rocks. 


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All Disease Comes From the Heart

The Pivotal Role of the Emotions in Classical Chinese Medicine 


The defining classics of Chinese medicine establish that it is the invisible forces of SHEN [Spirit] & QI [Energy] that rule matter. While western medicine is rooted in the modern science of matter analysis, modern & ancient physicians of classical oriental medicine view nature, energy and consciousness in the relationship of matter.. “Heaven comes first,” asserts the LingShu, “Earth is second.” Or in the more elaborate words of Liu Zhou, a 6th century philosopher: “If the Spirit is at peace, the Heart is in harmony; when the Heart is in harmony, the body is whole; if the Spirit becomes aggravated the Heart wavers, and when the Heart wavers the body becomes injured; if one seeks to heal the physical body, therefore, one needs to regulate the Spirit first.”


The Pivotal Role of Emotions in Health & Harmony

Theme Excerpted from Heiner Fruehauf

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Cholesterol: Chinese Medical Perspective


Much more than avoiding eggs to prevent or reduce cholesterol, are the dietary factors of coffee, sugar and alcohol that are far more debilitating. In Chinese medical theory, stress and yang dietary factors liberate an abundance of Yang QI in our bodies. In order to balance such Yang in excess, the body pathologically secretes Yin in an attempt to compensate, which includes the inherently Yin substance of cholesterol.


Plum and Bamboo under the Moon 月下梅竹 Shí Tāo 石濤 [1642-1707], Early Qing Dynasty. www.ElementalChanges.com

Plum and Bamboo under the Moon 月下梅竹
Shí Tāo 石濤 [1642-1707], Early Qing Dynasty.



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