The word “Spirit” is translated from the word, ? “Shen” and in Chinese Medicine it is a fundamental part of being human and unique to human life. It is thought that whilst humans and animals have instinctive drives such, reactivities and “emotions”, humans are the only ones who have Spirit. Spirit recognises and pursues ultimate
Migraines are a debilitatingly painful condition that affects up to 3 million Australians each year . Usually it’s experienced as a one-sided throbbing or pulsating that is at least moderately intense. It is sometimes accompanied by light-sensitivity and nausea and vomiting, and for many people, doesn’t go away even with medication until they have slept
So, my favourite Chinese herbal tea is Chyrsanthemum (Ju Hua). I grew up on that, both in its highly-sweetened packaged form, which was such a treat for a kid, and in it’s more pure form, boiled by my Mum when we were getting “heaty” and getting mouth ulcers or biting the sides of our mouth
It’s Autumn already and that crisp cold bite in the air has appeared and with it, the return of sniffles, headaches and sore throats and if we haven’t been looking after ourselves and our immune system is quite compromised, the body aches and pains with chills and fevers of the flu, which can knock us
Spring is so lovely – with all the leaves unfurling, blossoms budding and warmth returning to the world so we can step out into the sunshine and breathe it all in. However, this time of year often has the effect of producing itchy and watery eyes, constantly running noses and sudden attacks of sneezing in
Summer is a Yang season, which means that lightness, brightness, liveliness, expansion, growth and creativity are the principles that hold true at this time of year. So to live in accordance with these natural principles to enhance your health, the lifestyle we live and the foods we eat are important. The last post focused on
Unfortunately, the Chinese sage is not I, but is the famous Yellow Emperor (Huang Di), an emperor who reigned in the middle of the third millenium BCE and wrote one of the most important classics of Taoism, the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine (Huang Di Nei Jing), which gives a holistic picture of human life.
Spring is here – the bite in the air is gone, there is finally warmth you can actually bask in, the leaves are returning and the flowers are blooming. It is a season of birth and rejuvenation and in Chinese Medicine, for optimal health, it is best to live in accordance with these natural principles,