Rhythm and Motion: The Magic of  Bamboo Moxa • Oran Kivity • Qi106

Rhythm and Motion: The Magic of Bamboo Moxa • Oran Kivity • Qi106

The characters for acupuncture in Chinese, 針灸zhen jiu, literally translate as needle and moxa.

You surely were introduced to the cigar-like pole moxa and large cones of smoldering mugwort on slices of ginger or aconite in acupuncture school. Perhaps you also were exposed to the Japanese rice grain moxa techniques or burning balls of moxa on the head of needle. Not surprising there are a variety of forms of using Ai Ye to bring a kind of simulative heat into the body.

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Oct 8, 2019

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The Power of Story • Jason Robertson • Qi092

The Power of Story • Jason Robertson • Qi092

What we tell ourselves might be more powerful than our actual experiences. Not only that, our thoughts shape our bodies. Practitioners of East Asian medicine have hard-won, clinically derived tools for conceptualizing how biography affects physiology.  

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Hands on Medicine • Josh Margolis • Qi091

Hands on Medicine • Josh Margolis • Qi091

When I was a kid it was easy to smell a snow storm coming, or to be able to feel how the wind shifted and the light in the sky meant that you’d better take cover as a thunderstorm was maybe, if you were lucky, 20 minutes away. Us humans...

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Reflections on Practice • Charlie Buck • Qi090

Reflections on Practice • Charlie Buck • Qi090

When you come right down to it… the practice of Chinese medicine is a kind of applied natural science. What makes for an effective natural scientist? Mostly an abiding sense of curiosity. A willingness to have yourself proven wrong. The...

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Jun 18, 2019
Cultivating Confidence • Dennis von Elgg • Qi089

Cultivating Confidence • Dennis von Elgg • Qi089

Fake it till you make it is not a helpful strategy for acquiring confidence. Any halfway competent human being can sniff out inauthenticity. We can only work at, and improve from, our genuine growing edge of ability and skill....

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Synaesthetic Sensing • Brandt Stickley • Qi081

Synaesthetic Sensing • Brandt Stickley • Qi081

Perceiving and sensing are not the same. It might seem that the stream of information coming in through our senses arrives passively. But further investigation proves this incorrect. And in fact our perceiving not only is an active...

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Apr 16, 2019
Chinese Medicine in Taiwan • Greg Zimmerman • Qi080

Chinese Medicine in Taiwan • Greg Zimmerman • Qi080

East Asian medicine has one foot in the skills and techonlogy of medicine, and another in the traditions and influence of culture. How it is thought about and used in a place like Taiwan bears some similiarity to how we practice in the...

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Apr 9, 2019

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