Cupping Therapy in TCM

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Cupping, Báguàn 拔罐, is a traditional technique that uses specialized glass or bamboo cups on particular surface areas of the body. A vacuum seal is created by using a small flame as a source to suction out air, although suction can be created using a hand-held pump device and a slightly different type of glass cup […]

Wu Wei 无为 Action Through Non-Action

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Do not burden yourself with depressing thoughts, do not get anxious about future events that may never happen, do not dwell on things that are well in the past. All of these emotions dissipate the brightness of Shen (Heart Spirit). If we over-extend our Heart we will harm its Qi. If this happens, Jing (Kidney […]

Moxa Boxes

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Cloth lines the bottoms of these boxes but trays are also commonly made of grated metal, both providing the benefits of moxibustion to spread throughout and penetrate an area of the body. Photos Courtesy of Zhang-Zhong-Jizaaang

The Web That Has No Weaver

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  In the world as seen through human eyes, all phenomena have multiple affinities, adding to the complexity and often the element of common error in human interpretations. Cosmological patterns recognized by the ancient Chinese, allow us a way to view the world, not least of which, diagnostics and treatments in medicine, with remarkable accuracy. […]

Heart Relationship to Sense Organs

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The five sensory orifices, referring to the nose, ears, eyes, lips, and tongue, are each paired with specific visceral organs. In particular, the Heart, regarded as ‘the emperor or sovereign ruler’, gives residence to Shen – a level of ‘Spirit’ which activates all mental activities, as well as perceives the emotional stimulus of all of […]

China’s First Code of Medical Ethics

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Sun Si Miao [581—682 A.D.] was a famous clinician and alchemist. Credited with the first code of ethics for Chinese doctors; less a formal ‘code’, and more the philosophy of a virtuous physician and values that suggest an ethical practitioner. The principles primarily focus upon compassion, justice, beneficence and humility, rather than physician truth-telling and […]

Cholesterol From a TCM Perspective

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Did you know that yang-energy fight or flight hormones associated with stress rhythms can cause an elevation in cholesterol? Traditional Chinese yin-yang theory is adaptable to classify all universal phenomena, including the modern dietary-lifestyle staples now playing into many health conditions. Coffee, sugar, and alcohol, among the more ubiquitous ones, have an overwhelming and weakening […]

Welcome Spring!

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In Chinese medicine we are taught from the perspective of cosmological wholeness. People are understood as integral aspects of nature, the embodiment of the same life force and flow as everything else in the natural order of the universe. From this holistic perspective, the wisdom of Chinese medicine advises that people undertake behaviors befitting the […]

WATER INTAKE AND HEALTH

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Turning to traditional Chinese medicine and a Taoist concept of health and long life, one is taught to be moderate in every action and attentive to the signals of the body, and to the prevailing influences of nature. Eating when hungry and drinking when thirsty, we should ingest only enough food and drink to satisfy […]

Earth Element and its Role in Acceptance

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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 […]

 
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