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  • The Chef Cuts the Ox - A story by Zhuang Zi 300BCE

The Chef Cuts the Ox

If you have not encountered Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu) before, you are in for a real treat. 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 […]

By |January 2nd, 2016|Categories: Articles, Daoism||0 Comments
  • A Chinese Medicine Perspective on Cooked vs Raw Foods

Cooked vs Raw Foods

A Chinese Medicine Perspective on Cooked vs Raw Foods

Ever wondered why Chinese people prefer to eat cooked food, drink warm water, and talk about how raw salad, fruit and juice are too ‘cold’ and not good for digestion?

The answer lies with better understanding how digestion works from a Chinese medicine perspective. Chinese Medicine sees life […]

By |August 22nd, 2011|Categories: Dietary, General, Seasonal||2 Comments
  • How We Look At Health: Eastern & Western Health Perspectives

Healthy Living – The Asian Way

How We Look At Health: Eastern & Western Health Perspectives

The way we see health and illness and perceive problems in our body has a great influence on how we approach and treat our own health conditions. This ‘health perspective’ also largely determines how we relate these conditions to our lifestyle and the conscious choices […]

By |August 18th, 2011|Categories: General||0 Comments
  • This is a list of books I recommend beginners to Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine Literature Guide for Beginners

Chinese Medicine General

The Web that has no Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine [Ted Kaptchuk]
Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine [Harriet Beinfield, Efrem Korngold]

Preventative Health – Health Cultivation/preservation

Listen to Your Body: The Wisdom of Dao [Andrew Powell, Dr. Bisong Guo]
China’s Traditional Way of Health Preservation [Zeng Qingnan, Liu Daoqing]
Health and […]

By |August 12th, 2011|Categories: General||0 Comments
  • 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||2 Comments
  • Spring: Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

How To Stay Healthy In Spring

Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy
By Alex Tan
Spring is the time for get up and do. It is the season of activity. A time of stirring after the cold of winter. It is the season of wind, both in the environment and in our bodies. Spring is the season to eat foods with […]

By |July 3rd, 2011|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||8 Comments
  • Summer: Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

How To Stay Healthy In Summer

Chinese medicine concepts of food and energy

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 the diet […]

By |July 2nd, 2011|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||2 Comments
  • 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 1st, 2011|Categories: Dietary, Seasonal||5 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
  • 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
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