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Wu yun liu qi/five movements six qi… from Su Wen to the NY Times

2015-03-08T14:25:42+00:00 January 27th, 2013|

An article in today's NY Times discusses circadian rhythms/body clocks and seasonal rhythms that affect our health, then ties them into cosmic changes involving lunar cycles and our bodies' relationship to the solar system. It is a succinct expression of the principles expressed in the famous Su Wen chapters 69-77 on wu yun liu qi/five [...]

Ekiken Kaibara on Supplementing Yin

2015-03-07T20:24:56+00:00 March 18th, 2012|

I've been doing some research for a book on 養生 yang sheng/nourishing life, and one of my favorites for many years has been Yojokun, by Ekiken Kaibara. Kaibara was a neo-confucianist philosopher, samurai and physician in the 17th century. As well as setting out laws of maintaining health, Yojokun also discusses many of the Jin-Yuan [...]

Further thoughts on Elisabeth Hsu’s “Pulse Diagnosis in Early Chinese Medicine”

2015-03-07T21:06:10+00:00 December 28th, 2011|

Some further thoughts. . . according to Elisabeth, Han physicians of this era basically had a three-fold classification of the human being in terms of clinical gaze: the architectural body: left right, up and down, front and back, and the channels/network vessels the ecological body: dampness, dry, heat, cold, fluids, blood and: the sentimental body: Chunyu [...]

Another Perspective: Studying the Classics For A Firm Foundation

2017-09-20T16:35:21+00:00 December 22nd, 2011|

By Jason Blalack, LAc and Z'ev Rosenberg, LAc In Jake Paul Fratkin's Acupuncture Today article entitled "Going Beyond the Classics," it was suggested that Western practitioners of Chinese medicine are ignoring modern research only to be "married to the classic formulas." Fratkin makes the case that China has been making advancement after advancement in medicine [...]

Discourse on Expounding the Five Faults

2017-09-20T16:35:21+00:00 December 19th, 2011|

I found some true gems today studying Paul Unschuld's translation of the Suwen on this cool rainy evening, focused on Chapter 77.  Here's a little taste to share. I'm going to post from this text every once in awhile as inspiration for my fellow practitioners, students, and friends from all walks of life. "The art of [...]

Hopes for the Chinese medical profession in 2012

2017-09-20T16:35:21+00:00 December 14th, 2011|

This year marks my 30th year in full-time practice as a Chinese medical practitioner (医生 yi sheng), and my sixtieth birthday will be in the spring. So it seems like an ideal time to contemplate medical practice and where we stand in our emerging field. I have some thoughts about where I'd like to see [...]

Practicing Chinese medicine in a Western society

2015-03-08T13:42:53+00:00 March 23rd, 2011|

It can be difficult to practice Chinese medicine in a Western society, because it cannot be simply grafted onto a different culture or medical system. Studying Chinese medicine means immersion in the world view and historical source texts that reveal the theoretical foundations of the subject. Chinese medicine has a unique view of the phenomenal [...]