Harness The Power Of The Season According To Chinese Medicine

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. Autumn follows on the tail of the harvest, signaling that it is time to prepare for winter. It is a time to eliminate what is unnecessary and become aware of what is essential.

Acupressure Points for DIY Health

An acupuncturist explains how you can use firm pressure — instead of needles — to relieve headaches, nausea, and more.

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

“Swollen with the late rains of spring, on the cool, jade-green grass the golden sunshine splashes.” Liu Tzu-Hui Sung Dynasty, A.D. 960-1278

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.

Book Review: Fire Child, Water Child

Fire Child, Water Child is a revolutionary guide to parenting a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that does not rely on “quick fix” medication or pathologizing your child’s challenges. In many his years working with children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mydear friend, Stephen Cowan (who was also our daughter, Alison’s pediatrician), has discovered that that one size does not fit all kids. What helps one child focus his or her attention may not benefit another. Utilizing the wisdom of Chinese medicine, he describes five distinct ways children adapt to their environment – fire, wood, earth, metal, water and presents specific ways to support each of their strengths. There are five distinct ways children focus, presented for the first time in Fire Child, Water Child.

The Winter Season, A Chinese Medicine Perspective

How can we adjust our psychic and body rhythm to suit the season? What happens within us is mirrored by the natural world around us. During the frost of winter, plants submerge their lifeblood into their roots, animals thicken their hides, and ponds harden into ice. This is a time of apparent quiescence and stasis, yet beneath the surface is the hidden activity of gestation and germination that will bring forth renewal in spring.

Chinese Medicine and Stress

The theories of Chinese medicine resemble those of Hans Selye, the biological scientist who first employed the term stress in his seminal book, The Stress of Life. Selye articulates the theory that most chronic illness is due to a deterioration of the organism’s capacity to adapt to stress, whether physical or psychological. He emphasizes the… Read more »

Summer-The Chinese Medicine perspective

“Plump apple, smooth banana, melon, peach…Instead of words, discoveries flow out from the ripe flesh, astonished to be free…O knowledge, pleasure—inexhaustible.”  Rainer Maria Rilke Developing to the fullest potential for splendor and fulfillment Psyche and body shift to suit the rhythms of the seasons.  In Summer we shed the heavy boots needed for snow, allowing… Read more »

Rhythm and Chinese medicine

Humans as a microcosm of the universe: As opposed to Western Medicine, other cultural medicines view humans as a microcosm of the universe, postulating that the human body behaves according to the same natural laws that govern all living process. One of the core theories of Chinese philosophy and Chinese Medicine is that we humans… Read more »