By |2013-02-27T12:00:10+00:00February 27th, 2013|Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi|

There is this passage in a book I like called the Hua Hu Ching.  This book is a rare collection of stories passed down from Taoist master to Taoist master in the form of oral tradition.  Some attribute these stories directly to Lao Tzu (the author of the ever famous Tao Te Ching).  These stories are about a master talking with his students.  That's all beside the point.  I bring this up to talk about the passage I like… I don't have the book in front of me, so forgive my paraphrasing.  It goes something like this.  A student asks his master for guidance.  He was eager to learn and hungry for wisdom.  So he asks his master, "Here I am, open and ready.  Tell me your wisdom."  Dangerous, if you ask me.  The master jumps right in. "Young student, Can the expansive space [...]

Mouth Pain

By |2013-02-19T12:00:17+00:00February 19th, 2013|Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi|

Such a Pain in the Mouth! In my opinion, there is nothing more debilitating than mouth pain.  Broken bones, hurt.  No doubt.  Low back pain can effect how you move through your day.  Mouth pain, though, mouth pain stops me in my tracks.  It effects how ,and even if, I eat.  It keeps me up at night.  It can even dictates whether or not I can talk. Mouth pain has aggravated humans ever since we've opened-wide.  And thankfully Traditional Medicine has been fighting the good fight for centuries.  From this, we have inherited effective and safe methods that can make a difference for you, today. Acupuncture Points Without getting too deep into Chinese Medical theory, the mouth has two powerful meridians that connect to it; the Large Intestine Meridian and the Stomach Meridian.  Both of these channels have acupuncture points along the jaw and [...]

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 65

By |2013-02-12T12:00:23+00:00February 12th, 2013|Tao Te Ching|

The ancient ones were simple-hearted and blended with the common people They did not shine forth They did no rule with cleverness so the nation was blessed Now the rulers are filled with clever ideas and the lives of people are filled with hardship so the nation is cursed. He who knows the play of Tao and Te knows the nature of the universe Tao brings forth Te from its own being Te expands in all directions filling every corner of the world becoming the splendor of all creation Yet at every moment Te seeks Tao This is the movement that guides the universe This is the impulse that leads all things back home. - Jonathan Star __________________________________________ Those who practiced the Way in antiquity, Did not use it to enlighten the people. Rather, they used it to make them dumb. Now the reason [...]

Let me see your tongue!

By |2013-02-11T12:00:36+00:00February 11th, 2013|Traditional Chinese Medicine|

Photo Credit: Last week, I had a patient ask me, "What in the world are you looking at when you tell me to show you my tongue?"  Good question.  Let's talk about it. First and foremost, Traditional Chinese Medicine uses many different types of diagnostic methods to uncover the root cause of imbalance.  When you come into the office, I listen to your voice, I look at your skin color, I watch your gestures and your gate, I even use my nose to pick up subtle clues.  This all happens within the first minute of us talking.  After I ask about your life style and any symptoms you may have (all the while intently listening to your word choice and your tone, inflection and pace), I'll ask you to get up on the table where I can feel your pulse (sometimes [...]