Getting Your Gut Right: Pt. 1 – Gut-Buddies

If your bacteria are healthy – you’re healthy. That’s right – the health of the giant mass of living micro-organisms in your large intestine (and on your skin, in your nasal cavity and everwhere) has an essential role to play in the health of your brain and nervous system, your liver, your immune system, and…

Men’s Reproductive Health

CAUTION: Includes explicit topics related to men’s reproductive health. As stated in the last article, men are at a higher risk of developing jing deficiency through lifestyle than women. In Chinese culture, it is considered harmful if a boy begins masturbating before puberty. This drains jing before the jing-boost that happens when a young man reaches…

This is Your Body on Plastic

Almost as challenging as getting people to get their feet on the ground and their bodies in the sun or to convince them to eat enough animal products is convincing people to ditch unnecessary plastics in their lives. Part of this resistance is because plastics are so ubiquitous. Using plastic utensils, food and drinking containers,…

Introduction to Daoist Alchemy

This is a presentation I did on Daoist Alchemy at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in July, 2017. This research is based primarily on the work of Fabrizio Pregadio and Wang Mu. I hope you find this as fascinating as I do! For more information on similar topics, check out MakingTheMedicine.com. Also, on this…

Yin and Yang and Their Imbalances

Most of Chinese Medical theory can be distilled down to the dualistic concept of yin and yang. For example, the notion that any condition falls into the category of excess or deficient, or that it can present itself as hot or cold (Yang excess or Yang deficient), or dry or damp (Yin deficient or Yin…

Why “Golden Pearl”?

Some of you may wonder where I got the title “Golden Pearl”. The Golden Pearl is a symbol of optimal physical, psychological, and spiritual health. The notion of a Golden Pearl is a metaphor from an esoteric discipline of meditation and self-cultivation known as Daoist Alchemy. The Daoist adepts believed that by meditating according to…

What is Qigong?

Qigong is a form of energetic exercise that arises from an ancient Chinese tradition of martial arts and meditative movement practices. Qigong is actually a modern term that originated in the mid 20th century to describe the enormous variety of Chinese energetic exercises that had developed over the past several millenia. Taichi (or taiji chuan)…