For the past few months, I’ve been studying Chinese Brush Painting with Josephine Tsai http://www.taoofbrush.com, and I can say she is a true master of her art. I am awestruck by the ease and grace at which just a few brushstrokes become a peony flower, or a mountain landscape unfolds. I’ve noticed that in painting, […]
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Fall Season Element: Metal Organ Correspondences: the Lungs, and Large Intestine Quality: Inspiration Emotion: Grief With fall we start to move inward. The energetic movement of the autumn season is towards yin, which is cooling, contracting, and calming. The burst of color in the autumn leaves represent the brightness of yang at its last peak before it […]
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center provides recent studies on the beneficial effect of Acupuncture therapy for cancer patients. Acupuncture Helps Ease Side Effects and Symptoms of Some Cancers “Recent studies have shown that acupuncture can help control a number of symptoms and side effects — such as pain, fatigue, dry mouth, nausea, and vomiting — associated […]
In between treatments this morning, I opened the “Tao of Leadership” to read these words: “By yielding, I endure. The empty space is filled. When I give of myself, I become more. When I feel most destroyed, I am about to grow. When I desire nothing, a great deal comes to me.” Powerful in their […]
Element: Wood Liver-1: Great Esteem Spring time is associated with the Liver meridian which relates to Vision, Clarity, and Expression. The first point on the Liver Meridian, located on the foot, is like the root of a tree, providing grounding and stability for the outward growth and manifestation of one’s true nature. It’s name alludes […]
Great Brightness/Great Luminance Kidney 12 Element: Water Great Brightness can be found at the near center of the abdomen, below the navel, in an area called the dan tian. This the is center and storehouse of a person’s qi. Its name and location suggests its revitalizing effect this point when one is feeling depleted on any level, whether it be mentally, […]
Each element is associated not only with a season, but with a whole set of correspondences, including a taste. The taste belonging to the Metal element is pungent, a strong, acrid flavor. “Anything pungent is said to scatter qi.” Examples include: garlic, cinnamon, and ginger. Food with these flavors are used to keep illness at bay […]
Inner Gate Pericardium 6 Element: Fire As a point on the fire meridian, Inner Gate is connected to the Heart, and has to do with joy, nurturing healthy relationships, being connected to one’s heart and to the hearts of others, and staying calm and connected to one’s true self. In the Five Element tradition this point […]
Recently I made the usual sweet potato fries with a twist. Key ingredients: cinnamon, rosemary, sea salt, and lime juice. Sweet potatoes nourish yin and provide long-term energy. For those that crave sugar, sweet potatoes are your friend. This recipe balances their sweet taste with salty and sour flavors, harmonizing the earth, water, and wood […]
Bubbling Spring Kidney 1 Element: Wood within the Water element Location: Bottom sole of the foot, where the the Kidney meridian begins. This wonderful point name denotes the image of a vibrant ground spring bubbling up with potential and life. When tonified, Bubbling Spring enlivens and revitalizes Kidney qi (willpower, energy, motivation, endurance.) As a wood point on […]