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  • If you want to shrink something, you must first allow it to expand

Chapter 36 – 道德经 Dào Dé jīng

道德经 Dào Dé jīng History
The Warring States Period (403-221BCE) in which the Dao De Jing was born is fairly named. As time passed, internecine warfare raged with escalating ferocity among the contending states of the central Chinese plains. At every level of innovation, from the introduction of calvary, to standard issue crossbows, to siege engines, […]

By |January 16th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Cultural, Daoism||0 Comments
  • The Unity of Humans and Nature

Human Beings: A Reflection of the Living Cosmos

We usually think of our bodies as complete in themselves, separate from the air we breathe and the ground we walk on. It is true that the body is a whole universe in itself. But it is part and parcel of the total universe in which we live and to which we are connected […]

  • Winter: Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

How To Stay Healthy in Winter

Chinese Medicine Concepts of Food, Energy & Seasonal Living
Winter is the season of retreat and rest, when the yin (night, female, cold) is now dominant and yang (day, male, hot) energy moves inward. The trees have lost their leaves; the animals hibernate through the long, dark winter days. Winter is a time of stillness […]

By |November 18th, 2017|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||6 Comments
  • What does Chinese Medicine say about living longer?

How Long Can a Human Being Live?

Question: How Long Can a Human Being Live? What does Chinese Medicine say about living longer?
Answer: There is no objective answer to this question and I emphasize here that longevity is not the goal. Balance is the goal, longevity may be a fortunate side-effect. The question is how much is determined by your genes […]

  • Tea, Life & Health - Through Chinese Eyes

Tea, Life & Health

Tea, Life & Health – Through Chinese Eyes

In the Orient, health and enjoyment are viewed as inseparable, entwined by the fact that to enjoy life you need to be healthy. The Chinese have been pondering and writing about the link between life, pleasure and health for thousands of years.

Our aim in this article is […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Categories: Dietary, General, Tea||2 Comments
  • Useful and Useless - Another classic story from Zhuang Zi 300BCE

Useful and Useless

Zhuang Zi
As many of you know, I love the stories from Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu). He was a sage that stood apart from others in Chinese history. He was a unique presence, who was well known for his deep understanding of the Dao (Tao) and sense of humour. A great mind that lived twenty-four […]

By |July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Cultural, Daoism, General, Uncategorized||0 Comments
  • Lethargy & Apathy in Summer?

Spleen Cleaning

Lethargy & Apathy in Summer?

Welcome to the world of the Spleen in Chinese Medicine. What has this seemingly insignificant organ got to do with my health, life and well-being?

The organs of summer (fire) are the heart and small intestine and later in the season, the Spleen and Stomach (earth). The Spleen and Stomach are […]

  • How Chinese Medicine Can Help Treat Autoimmune Disease

Treating Autoimmune Diseases with Chinese Medicine

Lupus, Celiac, MS, Alopecia, Crohn’s and Rheumatoid Arthritis. You may have heard these conditions or know someone who has one of these conditions. They are all types of autoimmune disease.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates 23.5 million people in the United States are living with an autoimmune disease. This NIH statistic only includes […]

  • How Fruit and Vegetables are different in Chinese Medicine!

A Fruit Is Not A Vegetable!

When I ask my clients about their diet, they tell me they eat healthy – “Alex, you don’t have to worry about my diet as I eat lots of fruit and vegetables”. However, when I examine the details of their diet, they eat a lot of fruit and salad and relatively few cooked vegetables, […]

  • My Hay Fever Symptoms Are Getting Worse, What Can I Do? - Ask Alex The Acupuncturist

My Hay Fever Symptoms Are Getting Worse, What Can I Do?

Ask Alex The Acupuncturist
Question From A Client:
At this time of year in Northern Arizona, I usually get mild hay fever symptoms, but over the years I feel it has become much worse. I seem to have become more sensitive to everything – pollen, dust, pet hair! Is there anything I can do other than […]

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