Posts Tagged "Chinese Medicine"

Cold Causes Stagnation Heat Causes Movement

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017

From today’s newspaper comes this cool article about a fruitcake that has survived, in nearly edible condition (probably actually edible, as all that is reported is a slightly rancid butter smell), for 100 years at the South Pole in Antarctica. Which brings to mind one of the cardinal teachings in Chinese Medicine.  In Chinese Medicine Cold Causes Stagnation Heat Causes Movement. Cold preserves, and heat metabolizes. This essence of Yin and Yang is actually the application of Yin Yang theory from Chinese Philosophy in Classical Chinese Medicine Physiological Cold and Heat versus Pathological Cold and Heat in Chinese Medicine Theory When...

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Why Its Harder to Lose Weight When Your Older

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017

Good information in THIS  NY Times Health section article on why its harder to lose weight when you are older. I am always fascinated by the elegant way in which Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda describe, in their own terms, what Western Science describes in its terms and view, which is, “through the microscope. Chinese medicine says clearly that at 6×6 (Chinese culture loves conceptualizing various things and processes in terms of groups of numbers that imply a secondary concept….here, that our grow occurs in groups of 6 years), another words, at age 36, our need for food declines, as...

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Lipedema and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

Lipedema and Chinese Medicine. Lynette wrote in and asked, “Can you explain what excess a body with Lipedema has. Are they damp diseases! feedback most welcomed for myself and my support groups!” Lipedema is a a disorder of the adipose (fat) tissue that occurs almost exclusively in women and involves abnormal swelling of the legs and hips all the way down to the ankles where the fat forms a ring just above the ankle. It is unrelated to obesity, and can be seen even in women with anorexia.   This poorly understood disorder is due to accumulations of fat...

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Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017

Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup   Winter  is the ideal time to nourish what Chinese Medicine calls the Kidney energy, associated with the deepest level of body energy, Jing/Essence.   Winter Storage in Chinese Medicine Winter is the season in ancient Chinese philosophy associated with storage, when the essences of the previous year are distilled into wisdom. Not surprisingly, even in European literature and poetry, winter, then, is a metaphor for old age, if is the final season in the cycle of birth and death. The goal of life is wisdom, the goal of the agricultural year is to...

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Chinese Medicine and Eratosthenes

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

People can be so surprised there was advanced Chinese Medicine in 200 B.C.E.; but why, when Eratosthenes in Greece was computing the circumference of the earth and devising a method for finding prime numbers in 240 B.C. People did not just become smart and civilized in Europe after the microscope and telescope were invented….The development of medicine is a long process that has occured everywhere humans have grown. And the wisdom of ancient peoples, whether neolithic hunter-gatherers practicing trephination, modern hunter-gatherers and rural dwellers getting medicines from plants, to ancient civilizations like China, India, and Persia with advanced written...

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Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

An article today in the Guardian about a village in Sardinia  with a high incidence of centenarians, despite high levels of obesity and tobacco consumption got me pondering about the role of  Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. The main point being this, leaving aside DNA, which is a big part of health and wellness, what Chinese Medicine calls your “Pre Natal Qi” (another words, the Qi you were gifted by your parents at conception, akin to being born with a savings account, your “Post Natal Qi” , which is the money you deposit or withdraw from that...

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Summer in Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016

The discussion of Summer in Chinese Medicine  begins with a book written in somewhere between 400 and 200 B.C.E., called the Huang Di Nei Jing, called The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic of Medicine. This is the Old Testament of Classical Chinese Medicine, our oldest text, studied and learned from by the physicians of Chinese Medicine without a break to the current era. The ideas below are primarily from this text, so when I refer to Chinese medicine I am referring to the teachings of the Nei Jing that those of us who practice Classical Chinese medicine still adhere to....

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Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi Winter and Sleep In the Classics of Chinese Medicine Its Winter. Classical Chinese Medicine has this to say about it. “Go to sleep early, but get up LATE, after the sun has risen.” Makes total sense because as an animal you don’t want to waste your valuable energy heating your body up against the cold morning, when you can wait for the sun to do its job first. Its also about respecting the biorhythms of the biological clock. Kidney Qi in Chinese Medicine: Metaphor for the Deepest Levels of Vitality Winter...

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Insomnia Cure with Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Ayurveda: Sleep Culture and the Idea of Sleep in Medicine

Posted by on May 31, 2014

Insomnia Cure with Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Ayurveda–Sleep Culture and the Idea of Sleep   I recently had a treatment of insomnia cure of a patient with chronic insomnia whose husband insists on keeping an elaborate array of media devices that operate a stereo system and entertainment center in the bedroom. This patient was under a lot of stress from a family issue other than the problem of her husband refusing to compromise on this issue, and also with her high pressure job.   How does one cure a case of insomnia such as this with Chinese Herbal Medicine,...

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Environmental Working Group: Toxin Free Environment and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014

The Environmental Working Group is one of the best Environmental Research and Advocacy non-profits out there, fighting for the right to a Toxin Free Environment. Their website is chock full of consumer guides for: Toxin Free Body Care Products Toxin Free Cleaning Product Toxin Free Home Guide Toxin Free Cosmetics Pesticide Guide for buying fruits and vegetables Toxin Free Sunscreens The Best Water Filters In Chinese Medicine causes of disease are divided into Internal Causes, External Causes, and Miscellaneous Causes. Internal Causes are how our emotions make us sick, External Causes are infectious disease, and Miscellaneous Causes are environmental...

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Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn in the Nei Jing Su Wen Chinese Medical Classic The essence of Chinese Medical Philosophy, which underpins the practice of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, is the need to live in harmony with nature, what the classics call “heaven and earth.” Heaven, because the sun and moon and weather all come from the sky (ndeed, when we think of each of our four seasons we think as much about what the sky looks and smells like–from the cold crisp nights of winter when the smell of snow is in the air, to the moist balmy days of spring, to...

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Autumn in Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Autumn Fall Autumn in Chinese Medicine is the time of falling, hence its secondary name. Spring up, Fall down.  In fact we even use the word autumn to describe a period in the human life span, the autumnal years, a period of beautiful maturity that is also verging on decline. In Autumn the celestial Qi, which is another way of describing the effects of the sun, moon, stars, and of course the weather (that in turn is a function of the effects of the sun in terms of the seasons), recedes in Autumn from its full bloom of summer....

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Allergies and Sinusitis in Autumn

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013

People suffering from allergies and sinus conditions in the Autumn in San Diego dread the dry heat that wafts in from the desert during the “Santa Ana” conditions. This movement of air from the east brings with it dust, pollen and other un-pleasantries like agrarian pollutants from the Imperial Valley. At its best the Santa Anas are simply dry, at their worst, dry, windy and very hot. Allergies and sinus conditions are worsened by this weather. What can you do? Acupuncture My first line of treatment for allergies is acupuncture and cupping. Acupuncture can help nip respiratory allergies (allergic...

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Healthy Summer Fruit Tart

Posted by on May 16, 2013

A Healthy Summer Fruit Tart is a nutrient dense food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, flavanoids, antioxidants, and protein, with high amounts of life force from fresh ripe, organic ingredients, and without what’s bad for you–white sugar, artificial stuff, preservatives, things with no life force, like frozen fruit and pie crusts off the shelf of Cost Co. Traveling in Europe one of the things you might notice is that the pastries are sweet, but not sickeningly so. In particular the fruit tarts  are slightly sweet, but not so much that the flavor of the fruit comes second. Something I...

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Goji Berries in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013

I got to thinking about Goji Berries in Chinese Herbal Medicine  recently, when someone wrote in to ask whether Goji berries are best eaten raw or cooked? The following is my response to the following question sent in. Eyton, I received a box of dried fructus lycii, (goji berries)from a friend and on the back of the box it says ‘this product needs to clean and cook thoroughly before consumption. However, other google references to the berries say they can be eaten like raisins. Do these berries have to be clean(ed) and cooked? Thanks, Joe   Goji Berries in...

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