Harriet Beinfield L.Ac

Chinese Medicine Works

Harriet Beinfield pioneered Chinese medicine in the West. She co-authored the best-selling Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine with Efrem Korngold. As a founding Advisory Board member of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF), she helped to pioneer integrative medicine and Wellness. As well as writing many articles and book chapters, she was on the Editorial Board of peer-reviewed journals. She continues to be engaged in active practice at Chinese Medicine Works in San Francisco: chinesemedicineworks.com.

Chinese Medicine on Spring

Chinese Medicine on Spring

Within the cosmology of Chinese medicine, human beings are regarded as microcosms of the natural universe. We are subject to the same cycles that occur in nature. Spring is a time of rebirth, sudden growth, and rapid expansion. Vital force pushes to the surface, bursting through the quiescent confinement of winter. A crescendo of excitement builds as the life process reawakens. One day the forest appears gray and lifeless, the next day sunbeams cast warm light upon branches brimming with buds.

Chinese Medicine on Spring

Chinese Medicine on Spring

“Swollen with the late rains of spring, on the cool, jade-green grass the golden sunshine splashes.” Liu Tzu-Hui Sung Dynasty, A.D. 960-1278Within the cosmology of Chinese medicine, human beings are regarded as microcosms of the natural universe. We are subject to the same cycles that occur in nature. Spring is a time of rebirth, sudden growth, and rapid expansion. Vital force pushes to the surface, bursting through the quiescent confinement of winter. A crescendo of excitement builds as the life process reawakens. One day the forest appears gray and lifeless, the next day sunbeams cast warm light upon branches brimming with buds.