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,…

The Six Conformations of Chinese medicine – a primer

The Six Conformations (6C) system of pathophysiological understanding in Chinese medicine is the primary one relied upon by Zhang zhongjing, author of the Shanghan za bing lun, and originator of the received version of Chinese herbalism. It is also commonly misunderstood. The primary mistake people make is in associating the 6C solely with their channel…

If You’re Not Memorizing, You’re Not Paying Attention

I was just reading an article in the latest National Geographic magazine about memory. It is an interesting article as a whole, but more importantly it really got me thinking about the role of memorization in education. The article talks about the times before easily available printed material, when most everything had to be memorized…

How Chinese herbs communicate through the Doctrine of Signatures

An important concept in most schools of herbalism is that of the doctrine of signatures. The doctrine of signatures states that the herbs will, in some way, physically resemble their realm of therapeutic action. The resemblance may be obvious or hidden, but searching for it and seeking to understand it can help us in our…