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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (2 of 4: Blood Deficiency)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (2 of 4: Blood Deficiency)

There are at least 7 different possible patterns of psoriasis according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Some references site even more possibilities than that!  But I don’t want to bore you, so I will only cover the 4 most common ones seen in the clinic.  My last post talked about Heat in the Blood Stirs […]

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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (1 of 4: Heat in the Blood)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (1 of 4: Heat in the Blood)

Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent skin disease that (according to western scientific medicine) has no cure.  There are many resources on the web that address the general types of psoriasis and their signs and symptoms.  What I am  presenting here is how we view and understand this disease in Chinese medicine.   I will break it down into […]

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The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts…Except When It Isn’t

The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts…Except When It Isn’t

The main point of my previous post was all about how Chinese Medicine is based on viewing people, health, and life in their entirety.  I went so far as to title the piece “The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts.”  For the most part, this is true…except when it isn’t.  Case in […]

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The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Chinese Medicine embraces the wholeness of living things – the people we treat, the plants we use as medicine, the environment in which we live and life in general .  It isn’t that we ignore little details; we consider them pieces of the bigger picture, smaller parts of the whole. Herbal formula in the grinder When formulating the […]

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Wanted Weeds Part 2: Goatheads

Wanted Weeds Part 2: Goatheads

Alright, I will admit it: probably the only people who think there is any value in goatheads are Chinese herbalists.  Bicyclist in the Rocky Mountain region surely consider them a nemesis.  But as a Chinese herbalist who treats itchy skin conditions, I have to admit that these little burrs come in handy. The goathead, also […]

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Wanted Weeds Part 1: The Dandelion

Wanted Weeds Part 1: The Dandelion

The dandelion sure gets a bad rap in suburbia.  The other day I caught my neighbor using a leaf blower to blow the puff balls off the dandelions in  my yard so they wouldn’t blow into his perfectly groomed lawn.  Lawn care companies and homeowners with green grass seem to have quite the vendetta against […]

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