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Blind Men and an Elephant – An Analogy with Paradigms of Healthcare

There is an old parable with which many people are familiar by many names. One of these is the Blind Men and An Elephant. It has existed in various forms since, possibly before, its earliest printing in Buddhist text in the first millennium. In its various forms it has been to illustrate many points.  Collectively the moral of the parable …

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On Yin – Yang: Raising, Lowering, Entering, Exiting

On a recent, very informative, training trip to Salt Lake City I was out doing a walk and passed by the convention center.  And, out front was an artistic installation constructed of multiple signs with various “antonymic” pairings: Middle-End, Lost-Found, Prevent-Cure, etc.  Obviously this could be observed and appreciated from any of a number of perspectives, but my first thoughts …

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On The Five Phases: Up, Down, Left, Right and Home Again

The Five Phases, along with Yin-Yang, form the foundations for understanding and communicating within Chinese Philosophy and Chinese Medicine.  They provide the linguistic bases for these and other areas.  Unfortunately,  akin to learning a language, initial understanding and usage can be difficultly and trying.  As a result many people stop short in their studies of Five Phases and Yin-Yang. . …

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Is Chinese Medicine Scientifically Based

One of the more common proclamations and assertions about acupuncture is that it is not scientific. And, as such, should not be considered a valid form of treatment. Juxtaposed, there are others who are just as vocal in expressing the opposite assertion. Much of this conflict is the result of a general lack of familiarity with the scientific method and/or …

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Importance of Sleep – An Old Tale

Through extensive study and scientific documentation sleep deprivation has been shown to have detrimental impact well beyond just drowsiness. Effective operations of the body’s systems as relate to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, hormone production, stroke, depression, obesity, suicide, ability to learn and retain information, even cancer are known to be influenced by sleep deprivation. The known impacts are far too …

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Chinese Medicine Terminology

When describing Chinese Medicine many terms are used which may not only be unfamiliar to Western patients, but misunderstood by Chinese medicine practitioners as well. This results in a detracted ability to properly relaying information on the topic of acupuncture to patients and Westerner medical practitioners. Westerners, by and large, tend to interpret things concretely and not conceptually. As a …

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Work – Rest Balance

Normal work and physical activity are beneficial to maintain proper circulation, build health, maintain proper body function and to support the ability to resist disease. Likewise appropriate rest can restore the body helping to relieve physical and mental weariness and restore physical strength. While each of these, activity and rest both physical and mental, are important, it is the balance …

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Maintaining a Cheerful State

  CULTIVATING THE MIND A saying attributed to the great Chinese Physician Sun Simiao provides the framework for Cultivating the Mind from an Oriental Medical Perspective “Life comes to man but once and the past will never come again, why not control the emotions and cultivate temperament to protect against diseases?” Unfortunately the terms “Cultivating the Mind” has come to …