Traditional Medicine

Longevity Secrets from the Grand Masters of Chinese Medicine

The “Grand Master of Chinese Medicine” 国医大师 is an honorary title granted by Chinese government, and selected by a panel of various experts. The first selection occurred in 2008-09 and 30 TCM experts were named the Master of Chinese Medicine in 2009.  The selection will take place every 5 years.  Here are some secrets of longevity from 10 of the 30 Grand Masters. Read more


Gua Sha 刮痧

Gua means to scrape or shave. Sha means sand, or husky (voice).

Gua sha is the technique of scraping to bring a sandy, grainy looking, elevated, rough rash, or sha to the skin surface.

-to dispel exogenous wind, cold, heat, or damp penetration
-to remove obstructions to the free flow of qi and blood in the channels and collaterals
-to release the exterior

-bi syndrome, including such things as;
-degenerative joint disease
-rheumatoid arthritis
-ankylosing spondylitis
-post menopausal osteoporosis
-low back pain
-neck pain
-other joint pain (more…)

How we think about individual herbs – Huang Qi, Astragalus

Huang Qi.
Pharmaceutical name: Radix Astragali Membranacei
Properties: sweet, slightly warm
Channels entered: Lung, Spleen
Actions and indications: Tonifies the Spleen and augments the qi: for Spleen deficiency presenting with lack of appetite, fatigue, and diarrhea.
Raises the yang qi of the Spleen and Stomach: for prolapse disorders such as prolapsed uterus, stomach, or rectum; also for uterine bleeding.
Augments the protective qi and stabilizes the exterior: for deficiency with spontaneous sweating, as the herb stabilizes the protective qi. (more…)

Tui Na Techniques For Liver Disorders

按法 An fa – pressing

Pressing with the palm or pads of the fingers.
拇指按法 Mu zhi an fa – pressing with the thumb
中指按法 Zhong zhi an fa – pressing with the middle finger
掌按法 Zhang an fa – pressing with the palm
掌根按法 Zhang gen an fa – pressing with the base of the palm

Exert force steadily gradually increasing the pressure. Induces sensations of numbness, distention and radiation. Use the weight of the upper body leaning over the contact point of pressure. Can be used anywhere.
Used to soften tension and promote the circulation of qi and blood. (more…)

Some ways we differentiate respiratory symptoms and decide how to treat

Included are a few of the terms commonly used in discussions of the treatment of respiratory disorders. It is by no means exhaustive. It is offered as a way to help those of us not fluent in Chinese medical terminology to better understand how the physiology and pathology of the lung is understood in Chinese. I feel this better helps us make clearer diagnoses and leads to more efficient and effective treatments.

Diffusionxuan (宣), to lead off (liquids): to drain
Diffusion of the lungs xuan fei (宣肺), Diffusion and promotion of free flow xuan tong (宣通)
This is the most general function of lung qi; it is diffused. This implies the overall circulation of lung qi. Contraction of external pathogens obstructs the healthy diffusion of lung qi.

Non diffusion of lung qi fei qi bu xuan (肺气不宣) – most often refers to a failure of lung qi circulation in the early stages of external contraction, whereas inhibition of lung qi – fei qi bu li (肺气不利) suggests the same phenomena due to internal damage particularly affecting pulmonary water metabolism. Symptoms of a failure of diffusion of lung qi are cough, nasal obstruction, shortness of breath, and chills and fever. Symptoms of inhibition of lung qi are cough, panting dysuria and edema. (more…)