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Fire and Water: A Chinese Medicine Guide to Understanding Adrenal Fatigue

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Fire and Water: A Chinese Medicine Guide to Understanding Adrenal Fatigue

To really understand any state of imbalance, syndrome or disease I find it best to start with a Chinese Medicine understanding of what how a healthy body should be functioning. I like to start with the heart’s role in the body system but because the whole thing is a big feedback loop, it can begin anywhere you like. Chinese medicine teaches us that the heart muscle is where the body’s heat is generated. The thermal energy created by the constant pumping of this organ creates the body temperature or as we say in Chinese medicine, yang. Heat rises inside the...

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Adrenal Fatigue Part I: A Holistic Western Perspective

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Adrenal Fatigue Part I: A Holistic Western Perspective

Adrenal Fatigue. You’ve heard it mentioned, you might have read about it, maybe you’ve even wondered if it could explain some of your symptoms. Currently, western medicine doesn’t consider it a formal diagnosis but, more and more, holistically minded healthcare providers are beginning to explain a set of common and often confusing symptoms through this lens. As a Chinese Medicine Practitioner I am pleased to see this recognition beginning to trickle into western thinking because Chinese Medicine has understood this pattern for millennia by another name, and it is as relevant now as it has always been. Though conventional medicine...

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Traditional insights into Autumn: a Time of Grief

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Traditional insights into Autumn: a Time of Grief

This topic has come up a lot in my community lately, for the people I love, and for myself. Autumn is naturally a time of pulling in. Of slowing the chaos and looking inside of ourselves. Chinese Medicine recognizes that as we move out of the vibrant expanding Yang energy of summer and into the quiet, consolidating Yin energy of winter, the emotions that often come up for us are grief, sadness and feelings of melancholy or depression. Autumn is the time of Metal energy. The in the body, the organ systems controlled by Metal energy are the Lung and...

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The Equinox, Late Summer and Autumn: a Time of Transitions

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The Equinox, Late Summer and Autumn: a Time of Transitions

In ancient China the four seasons were looked upon as the result of the interaction of the two opposing forces, Yin and Yang. These two forces represented all opposites: hot and cold, day and night, light and dark, up and down, contraction and expansion, masculine and feminine, dryness and humidity and so on. Yin and Yang were easily recognized in nature and over time they became known in the human body as well. This view was developed in Chinese Medicine until the nature of the human body and its inner workings became seen as a microcosm of the universe itself....

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