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  • Complexion - Reflections from the Interior

Complexion

Reflections From the Interior
Chinese medicine is based on an idea that the body’s external manifestations can give us clues to the workings of the internal system of the body. In fact, Daoism, the philosophy that lies at the heart of Chinese medicine, suggests that all external manifestations in the physical world are secondary, and […]

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: Chinese Medicine Series||0 Comments
  • What’s So Special About Rhythm?

What’s So Special About Rhythm?

Daily Rhythm – The Chinese Clock
The physicians of ancient China strongly emphasized the importance of ‘regular life rhythm’ and ‘living in accordance with the universe’ for maintaining health and longevity.

“Regular life rhythm is the first and most important key to health and longevity in Chinese Medicine”

Chinese Medicine is based on the assumption that we […]

By |February 26th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Daoism, General||0 Comments
  • Chapter 1 of the Yellow Emperors Canon - 200BCE

The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon – Chapter 1 – The Universal Truth

The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon 黄帝内经 Huángdì Nèijīng
The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon is an ancient Chinese medical text that has been treated as the fundamental doctrinal source for Chinese Medicine for more than two millennia. The work is composed of two texts each of eighty-one chapters or treatises in a question-and-answer format between the […]

By |January 6th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Cultural, Daoism, General||0 Comments
  • 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
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