Chinese medical symbolism: the organ clock

Alert : This is a reposted article from previous versions of the website. I’ve kept it up in mostly unmodified form as people have found it helpful. Newer content may be more complete, accurate, or may represent more matured theoretical and clinical understanding on my part. Proceed accordingly. Chinese language is symbolic – it uses…

The Yijing and Chinese medicine : Hexagram 11, Tai 泰

As Chinese medicine students at NUNM, we are grounded in Chinese symbolism and cosmology before anything else.   Because of the research interests of one of the school’s founders, Heiner Fruehauf, we chiefly use the “organ clock” or holomap as a way to organize our thinking about these symbols.  Along with the many other layers of symbolism…

Phenomenology and Chinese Medicine – Body as medical technology

This is the next portion of my thesis written for my degree in Classical Chinese Medicine at NCNM in Portland. I hope you enjoy it! I’m trying to chop this into many smaller pieces so they may be more easily digested – thus hopefully compelling folks to speak up and discuss the ideas I present….

Phenomenology and Classical Chinese Medicine

Here begins the release of the majority of my NUNM thesis in four parts.   Not included at the time of first posting were the first three chapters of the thesis.  In those chapters, I write a brief history of the concept of pseudoscience through time, elucidating any concepts that I find to be particularly…

Large Intestine symbolism using the Chinese medicine organ clock – 2/2

In the first part of this post on the Large Intestine organ system, we discussed some basic information including:  the name and official related to LI, the five element and six conformation designation and more.  In this post, I’d like to dig a little deeper into the symbolism of this important organ system.  In particular,…