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Wind In Chinese Medicine: Part 3

Contents1 Wind in Chinese Medicine by Tom Bisio2 Characteristics of Wind3 Reflections on the Interrelationship of Wind, Heat & Cold4 The Six Qi as both External and Internal Disease Manifestations5 Latent Pathogens6 Bi Syndromes7 Zhong

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Herbal Soaks for Sports Injuries

In my kung-fu teacher’s clinic there was always a pot of herbs ready to be heated at a moment’s notice. Often as we treated one patient, another would be sitting with his hand or foot

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Wind in Chinese Medicine: Part 1

Contents1 Seasonal Energy2 Wind (Feng)3 Characteristics of Wind Diseases4 Latent or Lurking Wind5 Meteorological Factors that Impact Health Seasonal Energy Each of the seasons has a characteristic energy with its own characteristic climate. Spring is

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The Metal Element

Metal Element Students of Traditional Chinese medicine and internal martial arts often have questions about the Metal Element. Why is the Metal Element confusing? One problem is that the associations attributed to Metal often don’t

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Arthritis & the Athlete by Tom Bisio

  For the the sports enthusiast or workout addict, a diagnosis of arthritis can be devastating. Although the term “arthritis” is often employed incorrectly and is frequently misdiagnosed, to most people it is synonymous with

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Rehabilitative Knee Exercise

This Rehabilitative Knee exercise is attributed to the famous Qi Gong and Xing Yi practitioner Dr. Ma Li Tang. It can be used to preserve the health of the knees or as a rehabilitative exercise

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Herbal Soak for Grappling Injuries

This herbal soak is a traditional Shaolin Herbal treatment formula for bruising and pain due to grappling. The formula contains exterior releasing herbs that work at the superficial layers of the body, as well as

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HAI TONG PI SOAK

Hai Tong Pi is a very effective soak for treating chronic obstruction (Bi) in the lower back and limbs. It can be used as a compress or a soak/fumigation for sports injuries or in the

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Wooden Dummy Arm Conditioning Liniment

Many styles of Chinese martial arts contain Wooden Dummy exercises, in which blocks and strikes are practiced using a dummy with wooden arms, and Seven Star exercises, in which two practitioners bang forearms together, in

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Eagle Claw Hand Strengthening Liniment

Eagle Claw Hand Strengthening Liniment is a traditional formula for training the seizing power of the hands in Eagle Claw Gong Fu and Qin Na (capturing and seizing techniques). This description might lead one to

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Vital Point Striking – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 2-part article on Vital Point Striking. Read Part 1 HERE. Simultaneous with the development of the lethal techniques discussed in Part I of Vital Point Striking, were the creation

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Vital Point Striking – Part 1

Vital points are not a myth. The secret knowledge of vital points has been known for 2,500 years. Bian Que, a legendary physician from China’s Spring and Autumn Period (around 500 BC), was a traveling

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Cheezheng Pain Relieving Plaster

The Cheezheng Pain Relieving Plaster is a very effective pre-prepared stick-on plaster (Gao) that can be used for a wide variety of injuries, including fractures, bruises, pulled muscles, sprains and other soft tissue injuries.

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Bone Breaks and Bone Broth

In Chinese medicine, one of the “secrets” of healing broken bones is to drink Bone Broth during the healing process. Most Chinese people know this and do not need a doctor to prescribe bone broth.

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How to Make a Chinese Herb Decoction

Cooking Chinese herbs can be confusing, especially as different formulas are sometimes cooked in different ways. However, in general, Die Da (injury) formulas often use the same cooking procedures, so the instructions that follow on

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NEW COURSE: Xing Yi Nei Gong

The xing yi nei gong is a series of sixteen health and longevity exercises created by Wang Ji Wu, a famous martial artist and doctor of Chinese medicine. Wang, who lived to be over 100

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Tui Na Seminars in France

Just back from Teaching in France. Mohammed Saiah and Emmanuel Potevin organized Zheng Gu Tui Na (ZGTN) Level 3 seminar which was held at the Maison du Tai Ji in Bagnolet. Teaching the Paris group

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Combing Therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine – 梳法 SHU FA

Combing therapy is an ancient method of health care that can be practiced by anyone to improve their health. In the Sui Dynasty, physicians discovered that the simple act of hair combing produced beneficial results, including brighter hair, less hair loss and a reduction in headaches and improved sleep. Combing the scalp regulates the meridians and acupoints on the head, thereby harmonizing the functioning of the internal organs. Combing Therapy is really an extension of Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) and self-care therapies often characterized as Dao Yin (guiding/leading or guiding/pulling), or Yang Shen (nourishing life) techniques.

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Tian Gan (“Heavenly Stem”) Nei Gong

These traditional exercises are used by Ba Gua and Xing Yi practitioners to develop torsional power that is connected directly to the spine and legs, forming the basis of the so-called “silk reeling energy.” The

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