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Below you will find a number of articles that will be both useful and interesting to those that have an interest in experiencing or learning Acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  The articles were written by various people in the field of Chinese medicine and the Chinese arts, and unless otherwise stated, are sourced from the online magazine Scholar Sage (www.scholarsage.com).

Window of Heaven Points

By Damo Mitchell

There are many different classifications of points within Chinese medicine, some are commonly used and some less so. One of the more misunderstood classifications of points are the ‘Windows of the Heavens Points’. Unlike many of the other point classifications, these points were not explicitly discussed within classical sources. The second chapter of the Ling Shu references the ten points we now know as the ‘Windows of the Heavens Points’ but the name came much later.

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The Earth Dog Year (2018)

By Damo Mitchell

February 16th, 2018, marks the end of the Fire Rooster year and the beginning of the year of the Earth Dog. Across the world, the events of the Monkey and Rooster years we have just been through have left their mark! Whilst some may have come through them relatively unscathed, many people experienced the chaos and potential conflict of these years.

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Yang Sheng Fa – Healthy Living in Daily Life

By Roni Edlund

How to practice conscious awareness of your way of living, eating and moving, and emotions that arise throughout the day to promote internal change, balance and spirituality. Some small tips to start transforming everyday normal life into a spiritual and flourishing one, full of mental strength and great health.

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The Kidneys – Fire and Water

By Ben Veal

The Kidneys are considered a Zang or solid organ and their Fu counterpart is the Bladder. In energetic anatomy, the Kidneys are responsible for far more than the filtration of water. They are one of the first organs to form during pregnancy due to their role as the source of pre heaven Qi and the reservoir of essence or Jing.

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The Lungs – The Canopy of Breath

By Ben Veal

The lungs (Fei) are one of the easiest organs to compare across modern physiology and traditional Chinese medicine. They are considered to have similar functions, with a few extra energetic aspects discussed from the Chinese medical perspective.

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Chinese Medicine’s Influential Philosophies

By Damo Mitchell

Before studying the subject of Chinese medicine we should understand a little about the background philosophies that have influenced its development. There is a tendency within Chinese medical thought to incorrectly view more contemporary forms of Chinese medicine as largely being Communist in nature and everything from before the development of TCM as being Daoist in nature.

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Living with the Seasons – Autumn

By Roni Edlund

Living according to the cycles of nature is a key teaching within Daoism. Studying Yin and Yang and their various gradients. Nature and the seasons are a manifestation of the constant change and fluctuation of Yin and Yang. Winter is the peak of Yin and summer is the peak of Yang.

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The Spine and Kidneys

By Damo Mitchell

Within classical Daoist medicinal traditions, the spine is sometimes known as the ‘celestial pillar’. It is the aspect of the human body which sits like a horizontal column through our body, connecting us to the powers of Heaven above and Earth below.

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Yin and Yang becoming a Triality

By Ela Pekalska

The Yin Yang theory is the most basic concept of Chinese medicine upon which more complex principles are built such as the Five Elements theory. From Oneness or Whole, Yin and Yang are separated into two aspects.

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