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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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Sun Xi Kun on Ba Gua Zhang

Sun Xi Kun 孫 錫 堃 (1883-1952) was one of the few disciples of Cheng You Long (also called Cheng Hai Ting), the oldest son of Cheng Ting Hua, who purportedly did not like to

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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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48 Methods of Ba Gua Zhang

In Ba Gua Zhang, the 36 Songs and 48 Methods are rhymed mnemonics that delineate key points for training the forms and fighting methods. Each song and method details a specific aspect of body alignment,

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36 Songs of Ba Gua Zhang

In Ba Gua Zhang, the 36 Songs and 48 Methods are rhymed mnemonics that delineate key points for training the forms and fighting methods. This translation of the 36 Songs of Ba Gua Zhang are

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Why Meditate?

This article begins our series on Daoist Meditation as it is practiced in the internal martial arts. It answers the crucial question one should ask before practicing meditation –  why meditate at all? Starting this

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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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Ding Shi Ba Gua Zhang: Part 1

Ding Shi or “fixed posture” Ba Gua Zhang is one of the most important aspects of Ba Gua Zhang training. Some say Ding Shi is the starting and ending point of Ba Gua practice. Ding

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