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Acupuncture and Constipation 

“What kind of cases do you recommend we start with?” I asked our instructor. Foremost, do no harm is something we try to adhere. If we were going to penetrate tiny needles into our patients, I want to make sure the benefits outweigh any potential risk. I guess on some level, I want to start with… Continue reading Acupuncture and Constipation 

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At Long Last…

I should have written this post 1/2 year ago. The studies were becoming very intensive. With work and travel, I found it difficult to update on my learning progress and my thoughts here. So what has been happening in my journey to become a veterinary acupuncturist? Well, after a bunch of self- directed TCVM online… Continue reading At Long Last…

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Blood and Body Fluid- The last 2 Treasures

Blood, 血, transports Ying Qi (營氣)throughout the body. The Blood flows because it is propelled by Heart Qi. Sources of Blood 1. Gu Qi (穀氣)from food. Nutrients is an essential building block for many of the components in blood production. 2. Prenatal Jing (Kidney Jing 腎精). This is actually not far fetched. I remember this… Continue reading Blood and Body Fluid- The last 2 Treasures

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The Third Treasure- Shen 神

Shen is a treasure all onto its own. The closest translation of Shen is “Spirit” or “Mind”. From TCVM perspective, a healthy Shen represents healthy emotional balance- Inner Peace. Contrary to Western belief, Shen resides in the Heart and requires the support form Heart and Blood to stay healthy. Disturbance of Shen leads to nervousness,… Continue reading The Third Treasure- Shen 神

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The Many Types of Qi- The Second Treasure

Anyone who’s heard of Chinese Medicine, practiced Tai- Chi or martial art, or even partake in video games with an Asian centric theme will probably have heard of the word Qi. Until I learned TCVM, I thought there was only one type of Qi. Turns out there are several types of Qi’s within the body… Continue reading The Many Types of Qi- The Second Treasure

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The First Treasure- Jing 精

Every body has 5 treasures that keep the life going. They are Jing (精), Qi (氣), Shen(神), Blood (血) and Body Fluid (津液). 精, Jing This is an interesting concept. What it is is “Essence”. There are 2 types of Jing (1) prenatal Jing, which is sperm and ovum, or I think to be more… Continue reading The First Treasure- Jing 精

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The 5 Elements and Life Cycle

This is a sort of a review of 5 elements but I missed its association with cycles of life. Apparently different stage of our lives are also associated with the 5 elements based on the characteristics that one tend to see. Starting from birth, we grow rapidly. We are new, the world is new to… Continue reading The 5 Elements and Life Cycle