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The Concept of Fertility in Chinese Medicine: Tian Gui 天癸

Fertility, the natural ability to give birth to offspring, is expressed in Chinese Medicine by the concept of Tian Gui 天癸. Tian 天, meaning ‘heaven’, has two aspects: the pre-heaven and the post-heaven. That which is given at birth is … Continue reading

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Chief acupuncture point for eye problems

Urinary Bladder 1, named Jing Ming, meaning Bright Eye, is located within the eye socket, but off the eyeball. It is useful for inflammation of the eye causing redness, swelling, heat sensation, and pain. Also for blurry vision, eye itch and twitch. … Continue reading

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Heaven Above, Earth Below

How is the story of Pangu 盤古 separating the yang from the yin to create heaven and earth important? Humans, unlike most animals,  are blessed with a vertically oriented spine, rooted in earth, but reaching up to heaven. In establishing order, … Continue reading

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Time & Timing in Acupuncture: Zi Wu Liu Zhu Fa 子午流注法

Zi Wu Liu Zhu Fa 子午流注法 is a method of prescribing and needling the five Shu points based on the date and time of treatment. Some of the ideas involved are well-known: for instance, the circadian flow of qi and … Continue reading

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The Five Changes 五變 and the Five Shu Points 五輸

Ling Shu Ch. 44 黃帝曰:願聞五變。歧伯曰:肝為牡藏,其色青,其時春,其音角,其味酸,其日甲乙;心為牡藏,其色赤,其時夏,其日丙丁,其音徵,其味苦;脾為牝藏,其色黃,其時長夏,其日戊己,其音宮,其味甘;肺為牝藏,其色白,其音商,其時?,其日庚辛,其味辛;腎為牝藏,其色黑,其時冬,其日壬癸,其音羽,其味鹹。是為五變。 Huang Di: I would like to learn about the five changes. Qi Bo: Pathological changes may occur in in the organ, and in color, time, tone, and flavor. The Liver is yang in nature. Its … Continue reading

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‘Obtaining the qi’ 得氣 and ‘Arrival of the qi’ 氣至

Two Chinese terms are involved here: 得氣 ‘de qi‘, obtaining the qi, and 氣至 ‘qi zhi‘, arrival of the qi. In current Chinese TCM practice, no differentiation is made between the two. ‘De qi‘ is generally regarded as essential to effective acupuncture. Qi is … Continue reading

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How long do the needles stay in?

Ling Shu Ch 15 delineates the warp and woof of heaven, earth, and humanity: The 28 constellations correspond to the 28 primary meridians. The total length of the 28 meridians is 1,620 cun. Ying qi travels 6 cun in the meridians … Continue reading

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Do’s and don’ts in food combination and preparation

Being an unscholarly translation of chapter 24 of Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jin gui yao lue) by Zhang Zhong-Jing, a 1,700 year old text. Foods and drinks sustain our lives. Their flavors and the way they are prepared are very … Continue reading

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