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…

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…