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…

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,…

7 Unique Facets of Classical Chinese organ systems

I’d like to piggyback off of the organ clock post and introduce the Chinese medicine theory of organs in a little more depth. Why should we pay attention to an alternative way of looking at the body – hasn’t conventional biomedicine (aka Western medicine) figured it all out? There are many ways of categorizing the…