Dr. Justin demonstrates the treatment process known as “long-snake moxibustion therapy.”
by Jia Yi, June 174 BCEConsidered to be one of the finest expressions of early Han DaoismTranslated by Burton Watson The owl breathed a sighRaised its head, and beat its […]
Editorial by Justin Penoyer & Joshua Park The Lantern Volume: XVII, Issue: 3 We live in extraordinary times. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has put healthcare systems and political […]
Lead plant, A. canescens, is listed as one of the various species used for moxibustion by Amerindians. The Omaha of Nebraska and western Iowa used the stems of lead plant […]
Personal notes of interest from Dr. Paul Unschuld’s lecture on the Ben Cao Gang Mu, 6-20-21. See below for generous discount codes on Dictionary of the BCGM volume 1, along […]
During Dr. Unschuld’s lecture in Maryland University of Integrative Health in October 2019 he spoke of his admiration for Li Shizhen and how he views his Ben Cao Gang Mu […]
More nerding out on the Huainanzi. A few select pages on the topic of yinyang thinking as ecological thinking. When the Huainanzi was composed there was popular debate at the […]
Contemporary TCM teaches that there are 361 canonical acupuncture points. However, the Neijing describes in several chapters that the human body correlates both to 365, 360, and possibly 354, so […]
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The Nèijīng discusses time similarly as other philosophical texts of its day such as the Guanzi, Huainanzi, Shanghaijing, Zhuangzi, Wenzi, and Xìcí. The Nèijīng devotes less time to the cosmology […]
“In the winter, the study found, your blood contains a denser blend of immune responders, while summer veins swim with fat-burning, body-building, water-retaining hormones.”
This sounds curiously similar to a passage from Suwen Chapter 13 describing a yearly rhythmic fluctuation in blood quality and immunity (camp & guard qi). “when heaven is warm and when the sun is bright, the blood is rich in liquid and the guard qi is at the surface. When heaven is cold and the sun is hidden, the blood congeals and the guard qi is in the depth”.
I feel somewhat like Mr. Rogers this morning. After a productive Spring at the farm it’s time to step out of my logger boots and into my clinical shoes. Left shoe, right shoe; agriculture and medicine. The study of ecosystems.
Though at first glance these may seem to be two separate fields of knowledge, they are in fact a singular abode whose system mechanics are governed by thermodynamics and the arbitration of time.