• 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 […]

  • The Mantis Hunts The Cicada - Another classic story from Zhuang Zi 300BCE

The Mantis Hunts The Cicada

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 |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, Cultural, Daoism||0 Comments
  • Lets Talk about ‘Low Carb Diets’ - Ask Alex the Acupuncturist

Lets Talk about ‘Low Carb Diets’

Ask Alex the Acupuncturist
Question from a client:
I steadily lost about 8 pounds over the 5-months I was on the carb diet. I went from NoCarb to LowCarb to SlowCarb. So when I came home last summer, I put back most of it back on – by eating carbs! My host kept making the most amazing spaghettini carbonara […]

  • Analytical vs Relational Science

More About the Bricks, or More about the Mortar? Part 2 – Medicine

In Part 1 we explored the cultural differences, Individual vs Group-Identity. Lets now explore how this is connected to our ideas of science and medicine.

Analytical vs Relational Science

Biomedicine is culturally rooted on the ideas of ‘individualism’. The Western world developed an analytical science that tried to understand things by isolating and identifying their constituent elements.

Biomedical-Analytical […]

By |December 26th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Cultural, General||0 Comments
  • Individualism vs Group-Identity

More About the Bricks, or More about the Mortar? Part 1 – Culture

Individualism vs Group-Identity

A Chinese and an American are sharing a dorm room with three others. The American is playing very loud music. He says to the Chinese roommate, “does my music bother you?”

The Chinese, being from a culture that does not usually declare their own preference or say directly what he thinks, naturally responds, […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Cultural, General||0 Comments
  • Moving from Product to Pattern Thinking

Patterns of Life, Patterns of Thought, Patterns of Nature

Joseph Needham (1900-1994), the great historian of Chinese science, summarizes the Chinese view of causation this way:
“Conceptions are not subsumed under one another but placed side by side in a pattern, and things influence one another not by acts of mechanical causation, but by a kind of ‘inductance’… The key-word in Chinese thought is […]

By |September 29th, 2016|Categories: Articles, General||2 Comments
  • Cupping - Ancient Healing Method

What Exactly Are Those Red Circles On Michael Phelps?

We have recently seen cupping marks, or what appears to be tennis ball size circular reddish/bluish marks on Michael Phelps and other Olympic athletes. There are a number of names and explanations for what these marks are. Let’s take a closer look at this and the history related to this ancient health remedy.

Along with […]

By |August 17th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Chinese Medicine Series||0 Comments
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