Wei Qi: How the Human Body Prevents Colds and Flu

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The golden, yang warmth of autumn naturally transitions into a cooler, yin season. At this time of year, enhancing the body’s defensive or Wei Qi helps to build resistance to external pathogens; be they allergens or bacterial, viral, or toxic substances that result in immune suppression. A patient texted me asking how is my “flu […]

Elemental_Changes is on Instagram!

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Here are 16 posts to sample from elemental_changes on Instagram, a creative way to share some dimensions of Chinese medicine. elemental_changes 65 likes 4 comments in ch.38 of the nanjing ‘classic of difficulties’ it states there are six yang organs including the triple warmer which ‘has a name but no form.’ triple heater regulates the […]

Food Wisdom for a Prosperous Life

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Dietary Basics According to Traditional Chinese Medicine Turning to traditional Chinese medicine and a Taoist concept of health and long life, one is moderate in every action and attentive to signals of the body and of nature. Eating when hungry and drinking when thirsty, we only ingest enough food and drink to satisfy actual needs […]

Medicinal Chrysanthemum Flower 菊花

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Spoken of medicinally in The Canon of Materia Medica 神農本草經 by the physician of mythical stature, Shen Nong who is said to have lived in about 2,800 B.C., proclaimed that Ju Hua improved senses of vision and hearing, alertness, clarity of thinking, promoted an energetic body, and increased longevity by slowing aging. It is now […]

Fall Foods to Cultivate Health

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With chill entering in the air, it is of particular importance to recognize our need for nourishing foods. Along with the cold, autumn brings dryness. It is a time of contraction; our bodies tightening and contracting to maintain warmth. Rather than salads, raw juices, and foods that are chilled which appeal in summer and late […]

Patient Compliance is Key to Success in TCM Treatment

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‘One who takes medicine but neglects diet and a moderate way of life wastes the skill of the physician.’ Your acupuncturist can treat you with acupuncture, prescribe herbal medicine and tell you how and when to take it, and from this you are very likely to feel better. S/he will undoubtedly help you to recognize what […]

AGING AND THE ELDERLY PATIENT ☯

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In aging, one must be so careful with everything lest it affect a host of health-related backlash. In treatment of our aging and elderly patients, emphasis of treatment pertains significantly to declining Kidney essence. However, the most serious diseases of aging are also caused by phlegm, blood stasis and internal wind. The pulse of the […]

LISTENING TO THE PULSE ☯

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There is wonder in what we can find when we feel the pulse in oriental medicine practice. The information that is there in the pulse to be conveyed, in such an elusive form of conversation between patient and practitioner, is as practical as it is profound. Each channel has a pulsation, a vibration that implies […]

The Pivotal Role of Emotions

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How All Disease Is a Matter of Heart-Spirit, According to Classical Chinese Medicine  The defining classics of Chinese medicine establish that it is the invisible forces of Shen [Heart-Spirit] and Qi [vital energy] that rule matter. While western medicine is rooted in the modern science of matter analysis, modern and ancient physicians of classical oriental medicine […]

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