TCM THEORY

In Chinese medicine, we have the concept of “Qi”. In simplified terms, this means “life-force power” or “life-force energy”. When we have abundant powerful Qi, we have strong physical constitution, easy recovery from illness, determined willpower, and charismatic character. However, having strong Qi does not mean...

A 43-year old man came to my Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic for sharp left-sided knee and wrist pains that were aggravated by climbing up and down stairs, and carrying items over 5 pounds.  He also had achy upper back and neck muscles.  Pulse at his...

Do you regularly experience any of the following? Fatigue Weakness Poor concentration and memory Poor sleep Low, listless moods Painful joints after exercise (even brief walks or climbing of stairs) Increased tendency to catch colds or flus Restless leg syndrome Dizziness or faintness Heart palpitations Dry, dull, brittle hair Flattened, thin, brittle, or spoon-shaped nails Paleness (in skin,...

Once upon a time there was a man in ancient China who was short in stature, yet very strong, robust and had great courage and a generous heart.  It was the Southern Song dynasty (1132-1279 A.D.), a time of many feudal wars.  The man's strength, bravery...

How well balanced are the flavours of your food?  Which taste do you eat the most?  The least?  Do you prefer more warming or cooling foods? How do you currently use the 5 flavours to enhance your health? From a Chinese medicine view, foods and herbs are...

The HEART is the “EMPEROR” organ and dominates mental activities. – from Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon (Huangdi Neijing) In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the heart is in control of the entire body’s physical and psychological functions, and is the storehouse of the spirit.  The complexities of spirit...

What is it?…Together with acupuncture, herbal medicine is a major pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  The Chinese Materia Medica lists over 9000 different single medicinal substances – plant, animal and mineral - of which 600 are in common use today. Unlike herbs purchased over-the-counter in...

Blood is a useful focal point for exploring health.  Whatever health outcome you are experiencing today, it is heavily related to what is in your blood. Blood bathes your cells 24 hours a day.  Blood not only brings vital nutrients to your cells; it also carries...

Although acupuncture has a history of development and application over thousands of years as part of the holistic medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is still relatively new in North America.  It was only introduced to, and received here in the mid-1900s.  Many...

What is it?  Known by various names in many languages, including “ba guan” in Chinese and “hijama” in Arabic, cupping therapy is an ancient practice that has been widely practiced for over 1500 years throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Various cups...