Practice makes perfect – advice on learning Chinese herbs

As a student learning Chinese herbs, I was impatient. Already having been in higher education for 8 years straight, I was eager to get on with it. I didn’t understand the process, and I didn’t understand (nor respect) the ancient traditions of learning that, despite it all, still have something to teach us. I got…

Making the medicine our own

I teach about business to Chinese medicine students at NUNM. As is typical, I’m learning more from them than they likely learn from me. One of the things that continually inspires me about these students is the way they feel utterly free from the trappings and expectations of the received wisdom in the business world….

Mastery, striving for a goal, and the four S words

All my life, I have been trying to do my best at whatever I am doing. I am very interested in the way we humans learn, how we retain and recall information, and how we reach great heights in performance. In some way, that’s why Chinese Medicine Central exists. Certainly, it’s why all the posts…

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…