Journey Into Chinese Medicine

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Lesson 1 Free. This is a journey into Chinese medicine using an ancient Ming dynasty altar in Beijing as the setting. Explore the role of the Emperor in these ancient ceremonies, how that relates to Daoism and how this forms the heart of Chinese culture and Chinese medicine philosophy.



1. The Imperial Altars in Beijing & Chinese Medicine

Length: 6 minutesAuthor: Alex TanComplexity: Standard

Lesson 1 FREE. Learn the significance of the Altars in Beijing and how that relates to Daoism and Chinese Medicine philosophy. Gain a greater understanding of ‘Metaphysics’, and why this is important in Chinese Medicine. Explore the key assumptions in Chinese Medicine philosophy and the differences between the clinical and preventative arms.

2. What was the Emperor’s Role at the Altars?

Length: 7 minutesAuthor: Alex Tan

Learn more about the specifics of the ceremony conducted at the Altar of Earth. What is the significance of this ceremony and why has this ceremony been performed for over 2000-years? How is astronomy involved and why the Chinese luni-solar calendar is so important?

3. The Dao & Chinese Culture

Length: 5 minutesAuthor: Alex Tan

Explore the three great philosophies of Chinese culture and why Daoism is considered the indigenous philosophy of the Han Chinese. Explore the history of the altars in Beijing and how ‘metaphysical infrastructure’ plays a role in providing clues to the core ideas of a culture. Why do Chinese people walk backwards and turn walnuts in their hands?

4. Yin-Yang & Five Elements

Length: 11 minutesAuthor: Alex Tan

What are the origins of the Yin-Yang? How is it linked to astronomy, cycles, change and Daoism? How Yin-Yang naturally gives rise to the theory of Five Elements. Understand how the Five Elements, microcosm-macrocosm, systematic correspondence and feng-shui all originate from astronomy and observation of nature.

5. Regular Life Rhythm

Length: 5 minutesAuthor: Alex Tan

What role does regular life rhythm play in Chinese medicine? What are the keys to maximize order? Why are the 12 periods so important? How can you better understand how to use these periods? Why is 5-7am so important? Why should we rest at midday? How does regular rhythm according to the sun and moon improve homeostatic intelligence?

6. Five-Noble Activities & Conclusion

Length: 7 minutesAuthor: Alex Tan

What maintains health and order in the body? What are the Five Noble Activities? Why is morning exercise such an important part of Chinese culture and how Qi Gong fits into this philosophy? Alex concludes by using Chinese Medicine philosophy to answer the three big metaphysical questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?