WRITTEN by DR. M. LING

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...

Written by Dr. M. Ling, 25 February 2015  In my clinic I spend a fair amount of time guiding willing people to tune in to their feelings, bringing gentle awareness to what is not being felt, or avoided/resisted, and thus often contributing to illness or unwanted...

A 64 year-old Polish man came to my clinic across from Richmond Hospital in B.C., Canada in March 2013 for back pain located between his shoulder blades.  He described the pain as feeling sharp and fixed, “like being jabbed”. His work is very physical and involves...

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,...

In a previous article, 5 Food Tips for Fasting were shared based on the understanding of fasting as a means to cleanse and detoxify the body, mind and heart. When fasting is performed successfully, over a consistent period of time, results may show better balanced all-round...

There is often misunderstanding of lemon's pH outside the body versus inside the body.  Let’s get this straight and expound on 10 benefits of regularly taking lemon juice with warm water (note: NOT equal to lemonade!) Outside the body, lemon juice is acidic (pH is below...

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...