Jing: The Substance of Vitality

Jing – it’s what you’re made of. CAUTION: Includes explicit topics related to reproductive health. In Chinese physiology, there is a substance that each of us possesses called jing –┬áit’s often translated into English as “essence” or “vitality”. Jing is said to be stored in the kidneys and is believed to decline with age. In…

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…

Qi and Blood and Their Imbalances

Chinese Medicine is both a physiological and an energetic medicine. We deal primarily with what we call bodily substances. These are Qi, Blood, Yin, And Yang. Bodily substances can take more of an energetic form – as in Qi or Yang – or they can take a denser form – as in the case of…

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 Qi?

This is one of the most important topics on this website. Qi (also written chi) is a complex Chinese term that has a number of meanings. It is most often translated as “breath” or “energy“, but can also refer to the weather, the mood of a certain day, things having to do with air, oxygen,…

Nutritional Perspectives: On Veganism and Raw Vegetables

You are an animal. You are a higher order of biology than the plant kingdom. By “order” I pretty much mean more metabolically and biochemically complex. If we conserve the wisdom of our elders and the sound knowledge of how man has eaten for millenia, then one logical conclusion we may arrive to from this…

Jing, Qi, & Shen – Vitality, Breath & Spirit

In Oriental Medicine (OM), the body is composed of three major parts – jing, qi, and shen. These are referred to as the Three Treasures. Jing is most often translated as essence or vitality. Jing is your genetic integrity and the ability of your cells to replicate. It is described as the blueprint your body…