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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 [...]

A relationship between diet and longevity?

2017-09-20T16:35:21+00:00 July 27th, 2010|

In Confucian ethics, one's body is a gift from one's parents, and it is under our care and trust as long as we are alive. In addition, preserving our health is our obligation so that we may produce healthy children, who in turn will produce healthy offspring. In other words, health, like the environment, is [...]

Pulse Diagnosis in Early Chinese Medicine

2017-09-20T16:35:21+00:00 July 27th, 2010|

I am presently working my way through "Pulse Diagnosis in Early Chinese Medicine: The Telling Touch", (Cambridge University Press, 2110) a translation and commentary of Chunyu Yi's Memoir with twenty-five case histories. The translator is Elisabeth Hsu, one of our most prominent medical anthropologists, who researched and worked on this text over two decades What [...]