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  • 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
  • What’s So Special About Rhythm?

Gotta Have 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 […]

By |February 26th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Daoism, General||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
  • 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
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