• Welcome 2018 Yang Earth Dog

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is 2018 Chinese New Year’s day, the first day of the Chinese Lunisolar Calendar in the year 4715. The zodiac year of the Yang Earth Dog, often referred to as the Mountain Dog.

The home should be spotless for the new year, you should have had a haircut and now you are ready to forget about work […]

By |February 16th, 2018|Categories: Cultural, General, Seasonal||0 Comments
  • The Unity of Humans and Nature

Human Beings: A Reflection of the Living Cosmos

We usually think of our bodies as complete in themselves, separate from the air we breathe and the ground we walk on. It is true that the body is a whole universe in itself. But it is part and parcel of the total universe in which we live and to which we are connected […]

  • What does Chinese Medicine say about living longer?

How Long Can a Human Being Live?

Question: How Long Can a Human Being Live? What does Chinese Medicine say about living longer?
Answer: There is no objective answer to this question and I emphasize here that longevity is not the goal. Balance is the goal, longevity may be a fortunate side-effect. The question is how much is determined by your genes […]

  • 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 |August 18th, 2017|Categories: Dietary, General, Tea||2 Comments
  • Useful and Useless - Another classic story from Zhuang Zi 300BCE

Useful and Useless

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 |July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Cultural, Daoism, General, Uncategorized||0 Comments
  • 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 […]

  • 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 low-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
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