Autumn Equinox Qi Node

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When the Qi node Autumn Equinox arrives, Qiū Fēn, there is Yin and Yang equality, day and night are equal, but Yin is about to take charge. Autumn Equinox is one of four pivots that rectify the annual Qi. During this period the environment grows ever-more Yin and is characterized by cool, dry wind. Metal […]

Happy Water Tiger Year

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With All Beneficial Wishes for A Happy Lunar New Year, Tibetan Losar & Chinese New Year of The Water Tiger!    The Water Tiger last appeared in 1962, and before that, in 1902. The confluence of water meeting the nature of the alert, competitive tiger breeds open-minded tiger energy, which is less characteristically rash and […]

Happy 2021 – Year of the Metal Ox

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In traditional East Asian cultures, Ox is the animal emblem of spring and of agriculture, as Lìchūn, beginning of spring influences, offers the ceremonial rite of plowing the ground and sowing the first seeds of the year. In China it was customary for a farmer to switch his Ox with a willow branch to enliven him […]

Chrysanthemum, 菊花, The Emblematic Fall Flower

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Chrysanthemum is an emblem of fall, blooming in the cold days of late autumn and early winter when other flowers have faded from the landscape. Chrysanthemum represents nobility and elegance, and like a hermit exhibiting perseverance and humility in the face of hardship, the combination of beauty, strength, and bearing that chrysanthemum displays are considered […]

Summertime Dietary Considerations, by Wendy Brown, Lic. Ac.

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According to traditional Chinese dietary practice, foods should help to balance the body, therefore, daily diet in summer should contain more vegetables and fruits so as to stimulate the appetite and replenish Yin fluids and thereby keep the body cooler. In summertime, Qi and Blood move more vigorously than in other times of the year. […]

Wei Qi: How the Body Prevents Colds and Flu According to TCM

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As a microcosm of the rhythms and fluctuations of the seasons and their elemental factors to which we are inextricably linked, Chinese medicine would consider the result of our health in one season as being a marker of our lifestyle preparations in the previous seasons as well as in the present. With regard to colds […]

The Auspicious Gingko, Past and Present

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Until the Song dynasty [960-1279 AD] the Chinese name for Ginkgo was ‘duck foot’ 鴨腳, referring to the shape of its leaves. The kernel was called ‘duck foot seed’ 鴨腳子, which was changed to ‘Silver Apricot’ 銀杏 for the purpose of its presentation to the Imperial ruler. It was determined that ‘Silver’ was auspicious and […]

The Great Learning • Da Xue 大學 Confucian Teaching

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The way of great learning lies in illuminating bright virtue;  Holding people dear and stopping only at utmost goodness. To illuminate brightest virtue under Heaven, ancients governed their states first. To govern their states, they first put their families in order. To put their families in order, they first cultivated their body. To cultivate their […]

Historical Chinese Medicine Museum

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Kam Wah Chung & Company is a time capsule of early Chinese medicine history and culture in the US, established during the gold mining days of the Wild West. The building, which stands today, was built in 1860 and was purchased in 1877 by Chinese immigrants, husband and wife, Ing Hay and Lung On. The […]

Solidarity With Those In Suffering

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In the day-to-day, it may not enter one’s mind to consider the people and other sentient beings who live in states of suffering. Suffering is an ageless facet of living. Sickness, torment, and deep pain are moment-to-moment states of existence which isolate. In their isolation, we are unlikely to encounter those who are in suffering […]

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