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Happy November!! :)

This month is a real celebration of Chinese medicine, and the theme seems to be bringing ancient wisdom into the present and applying it to our modern day lives. This month, showing some love for Acupuncture and Oriental medicine as we celebrated National OAM Day with a love gallery, bringing the wisdom of Chinese herbs into the present with a powerful tonic, and a fashion designer and TCM enthusiast combines her two passions to make some awesome clothing inspired by the wisdom and beauty of Chinese medicine. The nerd level is high and I totally love them! I hope you will too. :)

Also this month, Acupuncture.com has featured our article - Acupuncture Lays Insomnia to Rest. Yay!

Please support Chinese Medicine Living by visiting the store and purchasing products that help us continue to share the love of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. <3

Here Are This Months Articles...

Chinese Herbs - Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

A Brief History

Traditional Chinese Medicine is the oldest medical system on the planet. It predates the rise of the Roman empire, the discovery of electricity and the life of Jesus. The Chinese have been using herbs to treat illnesses for thousands of years, and that knowledge is still with us today and very much a part of the present system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese herbal medicine is a vital part of the broader umbrella of Chinese medicine which includes modalities like acupuncturegua shamoxibustioncuppingauricular and tui na.

The first formal manual of pharmacology was the Shen Nong which lists 365 herbs and dates back to the Han dynasty in the first century. The next major and still most influential text on Chinese herbs was the Bencao Gangmu (Compendium of Materia Medica) written by Li Shizhen in the Ming dynasty in 1596.  The book was compiled over a forty year period and contains more than 1800 herbs, with 1,100 illustrations and 11,000 formulas.

Chinese herbalism is complex and can take a lifetime to master. Each herb has many different properties which interact with both the person taking them as well as the other herbs in the formula. Chinese herbs function much in the same way as acupuncture in that the goal is to rebalance the body using Qi (the body's intrinsic energy), Yin and Yang. Each herb has a thermal nature, a flavour, specific organs it acts upon and a direction in which it moves, and all must be balanced with incredible precision to achieve their desired outcome in the body. Because herbs are taken internally, they have a strong and often immediate effect and are incredibly powerful. They can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or other modalities, or alone, and are often chosen for chronic problems, long standing deficiencies or degenerative diseases because of their powerful nature.

Read full article...

Living With The Seasons - Summer

Traditional Chinese Medicine + Modern Fashion = Awesome

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

Have you seen this dress? Well I have, and it is awesome. Those are meridians and acupuncture points on the dress if it isn't immediately obvious. ;) I was instantly intrigued and suspected the designer was a lover of Chinese medicine. I am very happy to announce that her Chinese medicine inspired designs will now be featured in the Chinese Medicine Living store. The designers name is Holly Renee, and her company is called Shenova Fashion and I would like to warmly welcome her.

To learn a bit more about what inspires her and how this and her other fashions came about I sat down and asked her a few questions...

Question
How did you get the idea for this dress? (or where did the TCM inspiration come from)

Answer
The idea for this dress came from looking at the ancient point location maps in my TCM textbooks. I thought it would be really interesting to position it on the body in such a way that would be as anatomically proportional as possible. I like the idea of making clothes that are not only fashionable but educational as well. I wanted to do a spin on a classic little black dress and make it special.

Question
What is your experience with TCM?

Answer
My first experience with TCM was in Hong Kong in 2005 when I saw an herbalist and he seemed to know everything about me even though I told him nothing! I was utterly amazed and intrigued. When I went back to the states I bought all the books I could get my hands on and started studying on my own and looking into schooling. I ended up attending the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. I spent about three years there and enjoyed the intense challenge, but eventually my heart tugged at me to follow my childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer. I think perhaps what happened was that after years of tonic herbs and treatments my inner self really was able to come alive, like peeling layers off an onion, and my true core emerged. I finally felt I had the energy to "go for it"!

Question
How did you get into fashion design?

Answer
I have always been a very visual person. I began designing my own clothes at age 13 for concerts and events then even had my first fashion show at age 15. I had an intense passion for it ever since then. 4. Shenova started out of my own search for something to wear that I liked. I felt frustrated with the choices in locally made or eco-fashions, nothing I saw was edgy enough! Also, there was a serious lack of interesting "smart" prints. I wanted something different. I wanted prints that meant something, had a sense of spirit, and told a story. I've always been a huge fan of digitally print fabrics because they can be a canvas. Since I had a background in design I started "photowhizzing" with my designs and found an amazing local printer here in SF that does incredible photo quality work. I enjoy playing with the surface design of how patterns look on the body, almost like projections.

Read full article...

Ask an Acupuncturist.

Celebrating National Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day - A Love Gallery.

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

National AOM Day (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day) was October 24th. It was a day to celebrate! I know that Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is something I live, eat and breathe every day, and I do love it. Deeply. Passionately. Profoundly. So, for all Acupuncture and Oriental medicine has given to me, I wanted to show it how much I (and many people around the planet) love it too.

To celebrate, I have decided to put together a love gallery with photos of everyone who wanted to share their love of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Thank you everyone!!! <3

See the Love Gallery...

Quote

Quote of the Month

Sometimes following your heart means losing your mind.

~ Unknown

Inspiration

Inspiration

The Big History Project.
A Story For Everyone

Explore 13.7 billion years of shared history and consider the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life, and humanity. From the big bang to modern day to where we are going in the future, big history covers it all.

Watch David Christian's TED talk where he explains the history of our world in 18 minutes.

David Christian TED Talk

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Qi Gong Alternative Therapy for Pain

Integrative Marine Biologists Discover Evidence of Dolphin Acupuncture

Horses Thrive on Pressure Points

New Acupuncture Treatment for Addictions Introduced

The Importance of Intention and the Alchemy of Cultivation

Something More Important Than the Tongue and Pulse

Acupuncture Improves Eyesight for Retinitis Pigmentosa - New Study

Ditch that Pain in the Neck with Acupuncture Treatment

Celebrity Beauty Tips for Winter - Acupuncture

The Healing Powers of Acupuncture

Chinese Medicine Mediated Hot Bath Helps Chronic Renal Failure

Can Acupuncture Help with Pain & Addiction? Dr. Oz Video

Recipe of the Month with NourishU

Recipe Of The Month with NourishU

Fresh Chinese Yam and Mutton Soup

THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS

Promotes yang (fire energy) and nourishes the spleen to improve appetite, digestion and strengthens the body in general.

INGREDIENTS

  • Mutton with bone (shoulder or thigh)- 640gm (cut up into pieces)
  • Fresh Chinese yam (shan yao) 淮山 – 200gm
  • Dried longan fruit – a handful
  • Ginger – 10 slices
  • Green Onion – 3 (finely cut)
  • Cooking wine – 2 spoonfuls

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wash mutton and place in boiling water to cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove, rinse and drain.
  2. Peel Chinese yam, rinse and cut into slices.
  3. Warm 2 spoonfuls of oil in a pan and stir-fry mutton and ginger for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle in 2 spoonfuls of cooking wine followed by a cup of water.
  4. Bring about 2.5 to 3 litres of water in a soup pot to a quick boil. Transfer everything in the pan to the soup pot.
  5. Add Chinese yam and longan fruit to the cooking and let it boil for another 10 minutes. In the meant time, remove foam until the water is clear. Then, reduce heat to medium and let it cook for another 2 hours or more until mutton is tender.
  6. Add salt to taste and sprinkle in green onion and serve.

Read full article on Chinese Yam and its health benefits...

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About Chinese Medicine Living

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