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October 2013 Formula Spotlight

We have been posting Formula Spotlights on our Facebook page. During the first full week of each month we’ll be archiving all of the previous month’s Formula Spotlights here on our blog. Be sure to click on the link and like our Facebook page to see them first. Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan Xiang […]


Halloween Special: TCM for the Zombie Invasion

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Hordes of shambling zombies have risen up and overwhelmed human civilization. Now the smallest advantage can mean the difference between life and a horrible, stumbling undeath. Whether you’re reading this in a boarded up house near a cemetery, a barricaded shopping mall a re-purposed prison or even from […]


Traditional Chinese Medicine: The Big Ideas

One of my Bastyr instructors was fond of saying “Chinese medicine isn’t just about the treatments. It’s about how you live your whole life.” This medical system was developed over many thousands of years of careful clinical observation and contains several key ideas about maintaining the health and well-being of the human body. These central […]


September 2013 Formula Spotlight

Starting in June, we have been posting a Formula Spotlight on our Facebook page. On the first Thursday of each month we’ll be archiving all of the previous month’s Formula Spotlights here on our blog. (Sorry we’re a little late this month). Be sure to click on the link and like our Facebook page to […]


Exercise in TCM

I’m currently in week four of a nine week training program called Insanity—a name that I have learned over the past few weeks is no exageration. The exercise sessions all involve high-intensity plyometric “explosive” exercises. After every workout I’m breathing hard, sweating buckets (my lovely wife makes me Swiffer the floor after each session) and […]


Organs in TCM: The Lungs

The lung’s main function in Chinese Medicine is very similar to the Western Medicine model—respiration. Specifically, the lung is said to be responsible for gathering Qing Qi, the energy the body derives from the air. The motion of the lungs also drives the circulation of energy throughout the entire body, which is why many Asian […]


August 2013 Formula Spotlight

Starting in June, we have been posting what we call Formula Spotlight on our Facebook page. (Sorry we only did one in August). On the first Thursday of each month we’ll be archiving all of the previous month’s Formula Spotlights here on our blog. Be sure to click on the link and like our Facebook […]


Diabetes in Chinese Medicine

Diabetes has long been recognized as a unique disorder in Chinese Medicine. In Chinese, diabetes is known as Xiao Ke, which translates as “Wasting and Thirsting Disorder” because chronic patients often exhibit emaciation—wasting—and polydipsia—excessive thirst. Xiao Ke syndrome was first mentioned in the medical classic Huang Di Nei Jing, written at least two thousand years […]