Questioning Like a Detective • Jason Robertson • Qi178

Questioning Like a Detective • Jason Robertson • Qi178

Questions are a key aspect of helping us to understand how to help our patients. In school we learn the classic 10 questions. But asking useful questions in the clinic goes far beyond the basic ten. What’s more, our questions are not about creating...

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Dec 15, 2020
A Student Marketing Project • Megan Bulloch • Qi177

A Student Marketing Project • Megan Bulloch • Qi177

The great thing about being a student is that you have permission to be curious. It’s your job to push the edges. To crank open your mind and leave a vast swath of empty space in your being so as to allow your studies and experience to shape you...

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Dec 8, 2020
The Sunset of a Practice • Charlie Braverman • Qi172

The Sunset of a Practice • Charlie Braverman • Qi172

Our medicine teaches us that all things move through cycles of generation, flourishing, decline and disappearance. It’s the way qi moves through this world and so not a surprise that at some point there is an end to the practice that has sustained...

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Nov 3, 2020
Researching  Attitudes Toward TCM • Brenda Le • Qi170

Researching Attitudes Toward TCM • Brenda Le • Qi170

Research when done well is an inquiry that can shift the foundation of your cognitive model. And that’s exactly what it is for. In this conversation with Brenda Le we both explore how TCM is seen in our Western Chinese medicine world, and how doing...

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Oct 20, 2020
The Path of Moxibustion • Felip Caudet • Qi169

The Path of Moxibustion • Felip Caudet • Qi169

My initial introduction to moxibustion was the classic Chinese mugwort cigar. I hated it. But only because my lungs are the weak link in my chain of being. The smoke was intolerable. Japanese rice grain moxa, that was a whole other universe. It’s...

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Oct 13, 2020
Balancing the Koshi • Jeffrey Dann • Qi168

Balancing the Koshi • Jeffrey Dann • Qi168

The medicines and martial arts of Asia have long considered the lower belly and back to be of significant importance in health, wellbeing and as a kind of seat of power and presence. In this conversation with long time practitioner Jeffrey Dann we...

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Oct 6, 2020
The Spirit of Medicine • Elisabeth Rochat • Qi166

The Spirit of Medicine • Elisabeth Rochat • Qi166

There is a kind of poetry to Chinese characters. They gives hints and clues about the names we give to the world. They tell a story. In this conversation with Elisabeth Rochat we explore, like you’d explore bottles of fine wine, some of the meaning...

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Sep 22, 2020
Treating Cancer with Acupuncture • Yair Maimon  Qi165

Treating Cancer with Acupuncture • Yair Maimon Qi165

Jing, Qi and Shen— the three treasures. Like so many of these pithy quotes about Chinese medicine there is a lot here if you have taken the time to investigate it and see how it fits within your experience of practicing medicine. In this...

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Sep 15, 2020
The Resonant Hum of Yin and Yang • Sabine Wilms • Qi164

The Resonant Hum of Yin and Yang • Sabine Wilms • Qi164

Chinese is not that easy, and the 文言文 (wen yan wen) the classical Chinese, that stuff is a whole other order of magnitude in challenge to the modern Western mind.  And yet if we are going to practice this medicine with deep roots into a long gone...

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Sep 8, 2020
The Path of Journey • Daniel Schulman • Qi163

The Path of Journey • Daniel Schulman • Qi163

We venerate the masters, hold them up as shining examples of what we would like to be one some day, but let’s be honest here— most of us will never be masters. Those rarified characters are few and far between. And the process it takes is not one most of us would willing sign up for. We do however have a good shot at being a fine journeyman or journeywoman

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Sep 1, 2020
Spirals, Stems and Branches: The Structure of Unfoldment in Time and Space • Deborah Woolf • Qi162

Spirals, Stems and Branches: The Structure of Unfoldment in Time and Space • Deborah Woolf • Qi162

Stems and Branches are old Chinese science. Our medicine touches on it, but most of us rely on the more modern perspectives for our clincal work. The Stems and Branches speak to a perspective of the universe and our place in it that is foreign to our minds not because of language and culture, but because we live a world that focus more on humanity than cosmos.

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Aug 25, 2020
Five Movements and Six Qi • Sharon Weizenbaum • Qi160

Five Movements and Six Qi • Sharon Weizenbaum • Qi160

We often consider the Five Phases when doing acupuncture, and the Six Conformations when treating our patients with herbal medicine.

In this conversation we consider the interplay of “wu yun, liu qi” the five movements and six climatic qi from the perspective of diagnosis and understanding not just what problem a patient has, but also its progression through time.

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Aug 11, 2020