Alex Tan

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  • The Wisdom of Porridge 粥

The Wisdom of Porridge 粥

This article is primarily about helping you prepare, make and enjoy tasty porridge. On a higher level, I would like to help you see this humble ‘soggy meal’ in a different light. Let’s explore the health ideas behind porridge and to seek out an appreciation and respect for the dietary wisdom of our ancestors.

If […]

By |August 10th, 2011|Categories: Dietary||0 Comments
  • Summer: Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

How To Stay Healthy In Summer

Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

By Alex Tan

Summer is a yang season, a time for expansion, with the energy moving up and out with a lively brightness. Warm weather and long days promote energy and activity. Summer is a time of abundant foods, being the best time to get as much variety into […]

By |July 15th, 2011|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||1 Comment
  • Autumn: Chinese Medicine Concepts of Food, Energy & Seasonal Living

How To Stay Healthy In Autumn

Chinese Medicine Concepts of Food, Energy & Seasonal Living
The three months of autumn are in charge of withering and of decelerating the momentum of growth. Autumn is traditionally known as the harvest season, a wonderful time for reaping the benefits of the long, warm growing season provided by spring and summer. It is the […]

By |July 5th, 2011|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||5 Comments
  • 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 |July 4th, 2011|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||4 Comments
  • 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 |July 1st, 2011|Categories: Dietary, General, Tea||2 Comments
  • Winter Flu Season Foods & Tea

Flu Season Foods & Teas

Winter Flu Season Foods & Tea
According to modern bio-medicine, viruses generally cause cold and flu. While Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) also recognizes the presence of external pathogens, it has a unique way of viewing – as well as treating – these pathogens. TCM also understands the vital role that both the external environment that […]

By |January 25th, 2011|Categories: Dietary, General, Seasonal||1 Comment
  • 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 […]

By |December 3rd, 2010|Categories: Dietary, General||0 Comments
  • Talks at a Monastery - by Xiaoyao Xingzhe

Talks at a Monastery – by Xiaoyao Xingzhe

Daoism supplementary reading 1 – Talks at a Monastery

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By |December 15th, 2009|Categories: Articles by Others||0 Comments
  • More Talks at a Monastery - By Xiaoyao Xingzhe

More Talks at a Monastery – By Xiaoyao Xingzhe

Daoist supplementary reading 2 – More Talks at a Monastery

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By |December 13th, 2009|Categories: Articles by Others||0 Comments
  • Alex & Straight Bamboo Bid Farewell to Beijing

Lao Tan (Alex) leaves the capital!

Alex has sensed longer-term Qi changes in the cosmos and after 10-years in the capital, 6-years of full-time practice at the Hutong, he has chosen to relocate the family and his Chinese medicine practice to his wife’s hometown, Flagstaff, Arizona.

China Chapter – age 32-42 – What a journey it has been! What an influence […]

By |December 11th, 2009|Categories: General||0 Comments
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