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. […]

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 […]

Water Element in Nature

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✍️Wendy Brown, Lic. Ac. Shuǐ 水 We are microcosms of the natural world, unfolding our human destiny on a beautiful blue planet where a mosaic of water nourishes and patterns life. Attuned to nature’s rhythms and vibrations, in essence, we are one and the same. Though this world seems stable and solid, nothing here is permanent; but like water, snow, […]

Food Wisdom for a Prosperous Life

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Dietary Basics According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Wendy Brown, Lic. Ac. 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 […]

Sun Simiao’s Code of Medical Ethics

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✍️Wendy Brown, Lic. Ac. Sun Si Miao 孙思邈 [581—682 A.D.], a revered Chinese alchemist, scholar, monk, and clinician, has been venerated as the ‘Medicine God,’ Medicine Buddha, a deity invoked during healing practices, and commonly referred to in China as ‘King of Medicine.’ During the Ming Dynasty [1527 A.D.], eight stone tablets engraved with quotations […]

My Visit to Master Wang’s Clinic in Chengdu

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While visiting Chengdu China in July of 2017, I observed and participated in treatments at Master Wang’s clinic. Master Wang’s work consists of his patients soaking in Chinese medicinal herbal baths in large bamboo tubs, followed by a uniquely vigorous type of manual therapy administered, simultaneously, by his two apprentices. As a practitioner of Chinese […]

Winter Solstice Qi Node · Dōng Zhì 冬至

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✍️Wᴇɴᴅʏ Bʀᴏᴡɴ 文婷中医 Winter Solstice · Dong Zhi · 冬至 · Qi Node begins on December 21st – 22nd This is the point in the year where the extreme of Yin energy is upon us, and hence, in the Universal balancing of Yin-Yang, Yang begins its return. In so, we enjoy the increasing presence of […]

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, and 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 […]

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