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Goodbye August!

We have a new addition to the Chinese Medicine Living family! I had a baby girl in July and am happy to say that baby Inara is healthy and happy. <3 This month we learn how to live in harmony with the summer season with - Living with the Seasons - Summer. As we move into fall, we enter the season of the lungs, and the emotion associated with the lungs is grief. Learn about how Chinese medicine views grief and the lungs in this month's article - Grief. A Chinese Medicine Perspective. We also have a treat this month with a fascinating article about a very unique healing indeed. Read about it in the first part to the series - The Strangest Energy Healing Ever Reorted - The Beijing UFO Abduction Case. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer and we will see you in September!

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Living With The Seasons - Summer

Living with the Seasons - Summer

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

There are 5 seasons in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), corresponding to the 5 elements - Fire / Earth / Metal / Water / Wood. They correspond to Summer, Late Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring respectively.

Summer represents the outward expression of energy, expansiveness, movement and activity. It is the most yang of the seasons and is ruled by fire. Life and energies are at their peak. Summer in TCM is the season associated with the heart and the small intestine. The colour is red, the emotion joy, and it is a time for growth, expansion, light, abundance and is the manifestation of all we have been cultivating throughout the spring.

Many look forward to summer all year round. The weather is hot and the sun is out, improving people’s moods and people are drawn outdoors to participate in all the activities they have been longing for all winter. Plants grow quickly, people are full of energy and the body’s qi and vitality are at their peak. It is a time to cultivate the yang energy (fire), while making sure that it does not come to excess. In TCM, the heart, mind and spirit are ruled by the fire element, so priority should be given to these important aspects of ourselves in the summer season.

Rising early in the summer allows us to benefit from the suns nourishing rays. Being up early enables us to get all of the suns nourishing energy which is the most bountiful at this time of year. In summer, our work, play and relationships should be filled with joy and should instill in us a feeling of happiness and delight. We should live our lives and go about our daily activities with joy, passion, and laughter. This is how we know that the heart energy is balanced in us.

Physically, when we are properly balanced, the heart circulates oxygen rich blood throughout the body, and assures proper assimilation in the beginning stages of digestion in the small intestine. In Chinese medicine, mental acuity is associated with the heart therefore memory, thought processes, emotional well being and consciousness are also attributed to the heart and the fire element. This is a time to nourish our spirits, realize our life’s potential, finding joy in hot summer days and warm summer nights.

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Grief. A Chinese Medicine Perspective

Grief. A Chinese Medicine Perspective

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

I have been dealing with a lot of grief lately. This is usually the way it goes. A patient comes in who is suffering with loss. Perhaps it is the breakup of a relationship, the loss of a pet or the death of a loved one. There is nothing more devastating to us than loss. It hurts the heart, and leaves us with an emptiness that is difficult to fill. It is something that everyone on the planet will have to deal with many times in their lives, so I thought that I would talk about some of the ways that it can be made a little easier, less painful, and with minimal suffering in the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

I find that I tend to treat conditions in waves. It is common for a patient to seek out treatment for say, anxiety, and then you find that for the next little while, there is a constant stream of anxious patients coming to see you. You can speculate as to what the reasons for this are, and I suspect that might be the subject of another article, but for now lets just say that in my experience, this is how it happens. And lately many patients have been suffering with grief. Overwhelmingly.

Who doesn’t have to deal with grief at some time or another? Grief is a natural, healthy emotion and is an important part of being human. Unpleasant as it may be to feel, it is important that we feel it, make our peace with it, and let it go. I am not talking about letting go of the memory of the pet, the person you are no longer with, or the loved one who has passed away. Those are memories you will have forever. It is the grief itself that must be expressed so that it can be let go. This is healthy.

So, how do we measure grief? How do we know what we are experiencing is not “normal” and that we may need help in letting it go? It is true that you cannot listen to grief with a stethoscope, or measure it with a blood test. How it is experienced is highly individualistic. The severity of the grief is not reflected in how it is seen from the outside, it is measured by how it is felt by the individual, or experienced from the inside. The breakup of a relationship may to one person be sad but manageable, but to another may cause the fabric of their life to unravel. The loss of a pet to one person may be unpleasant, and devastating to another. The severity of the loss is measured in how it is FELT, not by some external metric, comparing situations with levels of grief.

Chinese medicine is concerned with grief that is repressed, unexpressed, (unable to be expressed), expressed without control or in the proper context. Emotions are only considered pathological when they are particularly intense, felt for prolonged periods, unacknowledged or unexpressed.

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The Strangest Energy Healing Ever Reported - The Beijing UFO Abduction Case

The Strangest Energy Healing Ever Reported: The Beijing UFO Abduction Case

By John Voigt

UFO abduction cases are treated seriously in China where ranking scientists and political leaders, along with many interested citizens, explore this subject.  In contradistinction to the USA, the Chinese government, its media, and general public take such things seriously. Admittedly finding verifiable, reproducible, measurable hard data is difficult or often seemingly impossible.

However this article presents a new approach to gain an understanding of this mystery: a presentation and exploration of the details of a seemingly Traditional Chinese Medicine like healing that took place on a UFO.  This case ranks as one of the most popular and most studied Chinese UFO abduction encounters in modern times.

On December 11, 1999, in a suburb of Beijing, a 38 year old man, “Cao Gong” (an alias) was awakened at midnight by a loud noise on his bedroom window situated on the sixth floor of a high rise apartment building. Standing at the foot of his bed were a male and female with long heads and small round mouths, and dressed in silvery white tight fitting clothes.  At first he thought they were thieves and was fearful for his life.

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Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless its open.

~ Frank Zappa


Inspiration

Inspiration

Wind and Solar Power Has Likely Saved Up to 12,700 American Lives, Study Says

This new study asserts that not only is renewable energy good for the health of the earth – it is also good for human health.

The research, which was published in Nature Energy, showed that the utilization of wind and solar energy helped to prevent up to 12,700 premature deaths over a 9-year period.

According to researchers at Elsevier, burning fossil fuels releases tiny harmful particles into the air creating pollution, which is known to cause premature death. Policies that aim to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels like coal often cite the potential health benefits – and related cost savings – linked to reducing toxic emissions.


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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

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No Pain No Gain - How The American Military Wants Big Pharma to Cure The Opioid Crisis

Acupuncture for Pets - Barking Mad or the Cat's Whiskers?

From Tradition to Science: Herbs & Your Immune System

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Led by Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medical Treatment Gains Increasing Popularity in Algeria

International Needle-Weilding Veterinarians Descend on Cairns

Acupuncture for Cats & Dogs in China - Video

Licorice a Hot Trend in Hot Flashes

Woman Overcomes Chronic Breast and Back Pain with Acupuncture

Canada Introduced to the Use of Monk Fruit as Natural Sweetener

Acupuncture Alleviates Menstrual Pain in Australia

Acupuncture Linked with Decreased, Delayed Opioid Use After TKA

How One Company Brought Traditional Chinese Medicine To The Modern World And Made Billions

Keep An Open Mind About The Value of Alternative Medicine

TCM's Creature Comforts

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If you would like to read about the latest scienntific studies involving Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please see our "Current Research" page to find all the latest. :)

Recipe of the Month with NourishU

Recipe Of The Month with NourishU

Detoxifying & Balancing 6 Vegetable Stir-Fry

INGREDIENTS

  • Chinese broccoli 芥蘭 – 3 to 4 stems
  • Bitter melon 涼瓜 - half
  • Lotus roots 蓮藕 – a small section
  • Carrot 甘筍 – one
  • Fresh mushrooms 鮮磨菇 - 6
  • Fresh lily buds 鮮百合 - 2

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wash all ingredients. Cut broccoli stems, bitter melon, lotus roots, carrot and mushrooms into thin slices.
  2. Remove stems of lily bulb to separate petals and cut out any blackened edges.
  3. Heat a spoonful of oil in a wok to stir-fry carrot, broccoli, lotus root and bitter melon together. Sprinkle in a spoonful of cooking wine and a spoonful of water and cook for a few minutes or to desired softness.
  4. Add mushrooms to cook for a few more minutes. Add seasoning (salt, sugar, pepper, sesame oil and a little oyster sauce) and mix well.
  5. Mix in lily and add a little corn starch water to finish.

 

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