Posts tagged chinese medicine
Can goose bumps prevent illness?

As much as I thrive in the spring and summer, I do enjoy the colder seasons as well - in fact, as I write this, I'm watching this fall/winter's first snowfall from my office window. It's lovely.

What I don't look forward to is the onslaught of cold and flu season. (Like, does anyone, really?)

Whether it hits me and mine (which, thankfully, is not all that often), or my clients, it's bad for business. :)

So, this seems like a good time to talk about an interesting concept in Chinese Medicine, the Wei Chi.

While immunology as a field is extremely complex and is still revealing its mysteries to western medicine, the idea of Wei Chi (a phrase which here is pronounced 'way-chee' and loosely translates as 'defensive life force') in Chinese medicine, can be conceptualized as a field surrounding the surface of the body, much like guards at the city gates.

 

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When life feels, well, constipated...

Have you ever noticed the transitions of the Equinoxes (summer to fall, winter to spring) seem to be more tumultuous - physically and emotionally?

Maybe it’s the dramatic shift in directional momentum - in summer to fall, the energy shifts from outward and expansive to downward and in; likewise, from winter to spring, it's the rush of energy from the depths moving upward and outward.

In both cases, many people tend to get more colds, more fatigue, and more emotional.

These are also optimal times for "cleaning house", though with somewhat different intentions.

 

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in this glorious season of grief

Where I'm writing from - southeastern Pennsylvania, USA - we are heading into fall, with all the picturesque scenes and smells typical for this time of year.

As the light changes, and the warmth of summer slips away, unfulfilled plans, hopes and dreams are laid to rest, at least until next year.

We return from the fields (metaphorically, I mean) to find shelter and hopefully, a stocked pantry; hearts and minds part ways to tend to the home fires, retreating within for the winter - if not in our modern reality, then surely in our ancestral memory...

 

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