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…

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….

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…

9 Enlightening Things I Learned About the Pericardium from the Chinese Organ Clock

Today’s post will cover some of what I’ve learned about the Pericardium organ system from studying the symbolic information available through the Chinese organ clock and etymological investigation of characters associated with Pericardium. What you will find below is just a fraction of the information that I learned about the Pericardium from Dr. Heiner Fruehauf….

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…