Herbal Medicine

274 Panel on Wei Qi, Ann Cecil-Sterman, Laurie Ayres & Zhongxian Wu

I recently got to thinking about Wei qi, especially as we are moving into the dark of the year in the northern hemisphere, and I realized that I hear discussions about wei qi, and how we should attend to it, or nourish it. Often enough, perhaps too often, we equate wei qi with the immune system. And think about strength, rather than balance. What’s more, the commonly used formulas that are famous for ‘stabilizing or strengthening the exterior” are frequently prescribed without any kind of actual differential diagnosis. Concerns about effectiveness and maybe even safety naturally arise.

Oct 18, 2022
268 Men's Health • Lisa Lapwing

268 Men's Health • Lisa Lapwing

Chinese medicine is a godsend for women's health. There are plenty of resources for us to tap into, and our medicine is great at addressing the challenges women face through their reproductive years and beyond. But what about the other half of the population? Well, not so much.

Men's health is often shrouded in invisible inequality. Some of it is cultural, men seek medical attention less frequently than women. Generally speaking, men aren’t as proactive in seeking to resolve health concerns, we pride ourselves on toughing through problems.

I would have thought that there would be more in our East Asian medicine toolkit for treating men’s reproductive or sexual issues, But if you look, you will not that much. It’s a bare storehouse compared to the treasure house of medicine and methods we have for women’s health.

Sep 6, 2022
247 Menopause, the transformative gateway of connection • Kath Berry

247 Menopause, the transformative gateway of connection • Kath Berry

Change is inevitable. Our lives are a series of transitions. Winter blooms into spring. Weekends slow down to Mondays. Puberty arrives and rearranges our psyche, feelings, and sense of self. And for half the population, menopause occurs. Change is constant in life. It’s always swirling around us, pulling us into its wake, and some changes are more transformative than others.

Apr 12, 2022
235 Reflections on Practice and Business • Cara Frank

235 Reflections on Practice and Business • Cara Frank

Whether you're a young or seasoned practitioner, opening your own Chinese medicine practice is an exciting , daunting and worthwhile challenge. There's a lot that goes into being a practitioner—beyond the medicine part of it. You have to learn how...

Jan 18, 2022
Qiological Audio Journal, Winter 2021 • QAJ003

Qiological Audio Journal, Winter 2021 • QAJ003

Welcome to the third edition of the Qiological Audio Journal. The audio journal is a collection of interviews, discussions, clinical cases that help to illuminate the classics, book reviews, some business acumen and practical clinical skills to...

Dec 14, 2021
225 The Pernicious Influence of Depressive Heat • Rob Helmer

225 The Pernicious Influence of Depressive Heat • Rob Helmer

The fundamentals root our practice. The basics that we learn in the beginning not only never go away, but deepen with experience. This is why regardless of lineage or method, Chinese medicine practitioners can communicate with each other as we...

Nov 9, 2021
Qiological Audio Journal, Fall 2021 • QAJ002

Qiological Audio Journal, Fall 2021 • QAJ002

Welcome to the second edition of the Qiological Audio Journal. The audio journal is a collection of interviews, discussions, clinical cases that help to illuminate the classics, book reviews, some business acumen and practical clinical skills to...

Sep 14, 2021