Category Archives: Foundational Science


Everything that makes up the science behind the medicine. From the classical texts to biochemistry to pathology to everything in between.

On entering into a philosophical morass: Chinese medicine and Western science

Let’s get something straight. I’m very confused about the role of Western scientific research as it is currently practiced in verifying the claims of practitioners of Chinese medicine. Various studies, including the famous “sham acupuncture” study seem to challenge the premise that the theoretical bases of Chinese medicine are an accurate description of reality and […]

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Classical Chinese medical symbolism: Wood, Metal and Spring (part 2 of 2)

Here is the continuation of Michael “Delli” Dell’orfano’s article on the symbolism of wood, metal and the spring season in Classical Chinese medical symbolism. Please feel free to leave any thoughts you have on this two-part article in the comments. Lively discussion is always appreciated! If you missed the first installment, read it here.——————— In […]

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