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Chinese Medicine Living Newsletter 07

Happy September! :)

As the summer draws to a close and we move into autumn, the changing environment has an effect on our bodies and spirits. In Chinese medicine, autumn is associated with Metal and the Lungs. This season governs organization, setting limits and protecting boundaries. In autumn we move from the external, expansive nature of Summer to the internal, contractive nature of autumn. It is a good idea to finish up any projects you started in spring or summer and enjoy the results of all your hard work. It is also a good time to begin new projects that focus more on the internal - cultivating the inside of your body and mind and becoming more introspective. The energy of the Lungs is "letting go", so autumn is a good time to be mindful to let go of anything we may be holding on to so we can make room for new experiences that will help us learn and grow.

I am also happy to announce the launch of a new product - Chinese Silk Cushions - used for taking pulses in the Chinese Medicine Living Store. The story behind their development and creation is in the article - The Story of the Silk Cushions. :)

Here Are This Months Articles...

Can Too Much Sex Be Bad For Your Health? Sex in Chinese Medicine

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

There, I said it. It seems that sex is everywhere in Western culture, plastered on billboards, all over TV and in magazine ads – scantily clad beautiful people looking seductive and, well, sexy. So lets talk about sex and its role in our health.

Sex, or our drive to reproduce, is hard wired and a very primal physiological need. But sex has had a rough go throughout history, with many religions and groups trying to convince people that they should abstain, hide their desires and longings, or that sex itself is simply a sin.

Luckily, in Chinese medicine, sex and sexual activity is a healthy part of being human. It is perfectly natural, and we need it to be healthy, happy individuals.  I can hear the collective sigh of relief. But its true. The Chinese are realists. Pragmatists. Buddha bless them.

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Living With The Seasons - Summer

Curing Disease With Nutrition - Eating for Health

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac

Nutrition and dietary therapy is an essential aspect of Chinese medicine. The Chinese have known for thousands of years the direct correlation between what we eat and our health. Even before the development of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, foods were used by traditional peoples to heal diseases and build immunity.

The Chinese medicine model of nutritional therapy, or using foods as medicine, is sophisticated and there are many factors that contribute to determining what to eat when trying to heal from certain diseases or imbalances. Below, I will attempt to explain some of those factors and the way they can be used to not only heal us when we are sick, but to keep up healthy so sickness never has a chance to develop.

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Ask an Acupuncturist.

The Story of the Silk Cushions - New Product!

This month we are launching these beautiful Chinese silk cushions in the Chinese Medicine Living store. But, there is a story behind them so I wanted to share it. First of all, these cushions are for acupuncturists and practitioners of TCM to use to rest the wrist of a patient on so they can take their pulse. This is their function. That said, if you find some other fancy use for them, that is awesome, I am sure you could use them for most anything!

When I was seeing my acupuncturist when I was a kid she had the most serene office. Everything was clean, elegant and so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Or maybe an acupuncture needle... One thing she also had, was a beautiful Chinese silk cushion on her desk where I would lay each of my wrists, one at a time, so she could listen intently to my pulse.

For years I had been looking for such a cushion to have in my own clinic and I have never been able to find one. So, recently I was in a fabric store with my mother and came upon some very beautiful Chinese silk fabric. I thought, my gods, there it is. And, my mother, who has magical sewing powers, said we could make cushions out of this lovely fabric so not only I could have a beautiful cushion on which to take pulses, but all acupuncturists could as well. So, after many days, many spools of thread, some colourful language and many, many tassels, I am happy to announce that we have some gorgeous silk cushions in 5 beautiful colours, each one more beautiful than the last. To see them all, have a look here. And I would like to thank my mother, who is both a ninja of sewing, and the best mom ever. xo

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President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Says

I pray that we will not wait until we are ready to die before we truly learn to live.



An inspirational Person and Her Inspirational Project.
One Million Lovely Letters

My names Jodi Ann Bickley, I’m 24.

One million lovely letters is something I’ve been working on since I was eleven. Ever since Ms Wrights Science Class in Year 7 I have been leaving people notes. In between text books, on buses, in libraries and as I got older in pubs, restaurants and as I got a little older in doctors surgeries and hospital beds - anywhere I thought that maybe someone might need a little bit of cheering up, reassurance or just a reminder that actually they are pretty lovely.  It’s never been a “thing” – just something I’ve done. I think everyone deserves to know that they are thought of and they are loved. Even if it is by a complete stranger.

This is where my idea for One Million Lovely Letters has come from. Although I hope every little note I’ve left someone, somewhere has reached someone who needed it – I’m pretty sure some may have fell too far down the side of the bus seat. In the UK alone there are 62,641,000 people, in the whole wide world there are 7,038,044,500. The average person has 3 close friends and 19 “mates” so take that off and you are still left with seven billion thirty-eight million forty-four thousand four hundred and seventy eight strangers.  And all of those strangers have at least one day where they could use a little lift.

So this is a call out. To every other person other than me on the planet - I’m going to write you a letter. A letter just to make the day a bit better or to remind you of the bloody amazing stuff about you that you’ve forgotten because we all forget once in a while.

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Traditional Chinese Medicine Moves into the Mainstream

Acupuncture Helps Ailing Aligator in Brazil

Acupuncture Used by Dentists

Healthcare Services Based on TCM Set to Start

Taicang Sets Up TCM Research Institute

New Acupuncture Needle Qi Sensation Research

Medical Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

UI Group Visits China to Study Veterinary Acupuncture

That Time in 1893 When a Japanese Chemist Invented Crystal Meth

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Acne

TCM Seeds from Space Head to the Lab

Chinese Herb & Acupuncture Clear Ulcerative Colitis - New Research

Herbal Medicine is the New Option for Treating Female Infertility

Czechs to Open First Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic

Recipe of the Month with NourishU

Recipe Of The Month with NourishU

Winter Melon, Job's Tears and Dried Mussel Soup


  • • Winter Melon 冬瓜 – 300gm
    • Chicken breast – one piece
    • Lean pork – one piece (optional)
    • Job’s tears (yi yi ren) 薏以仁 – 30gm
    • Dried scallop 乾瑤柱 – 4
    • Dried mussel 淡菜 – two spoons
    • Dried Shitake Mushroom 冬菇 - 6
    • Dried longan fruit (long yan rou) 龍眼肉 – 8 to 10
    • Ginger – 2 slices


  1. Wash chicken breast and pork, cut into a few pieces and put in boiling water to boil for a few minutes, remove and rinse.
  2. Soak dried mushroom until soft (about 30 minutes) and rinse. Soak other dried ingredients for a few minutes and rinse.
  3. Remove melon skin and seeds in the middle if any, wash melon and cut into large pieces and put aside.
  4. Put all ingredients (except melon) in a soup pot with about half pot of water. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer for 1.5 hours.
  5. Add winter melon, bring heat up to medium and let it cook for another 30 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
  6. Add a little salt to serve. Eat melon with soup.


Cools internal heat, diuretic, lowers blood pressure, promotes yin and helps to lose weight.

Read full article on Winter Melon and its health benefits...

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