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What's in the Current Autumn 2016 Issue?


The 5-Element Guide to Healing with Whole Foods:

Learning the Basics

By Denise Thunderhawk, L.Ac: The Four Qi describes the energetic nature of foods (how they act on the body) and each food has only one 'Qi'—hot, warm, cold, or cool. In Chinese medicine, there are Five Flavors: acrid (pungent), sweet, bitter, salty, and sour. The Six Pathogenic Factors are external pathogens that can invade the body throughout the seasons. And just as climate exists within each season, the Seven Emotions are palpable forces within each of us. In Chinese medicine, these seven emotions are considered to be the major influences upon health and illness (including cancer).


Not Even the Chinese Doctor Can Save Him!

Tradtional Chinese Medicine in Cuba

By John Voigt: Throughout Cuba there is a common slang expression people use when someone is thought to be incurably sick: ¡A Ese No lo Salva, Ni el Medico Chino! — Not Even The Chinese Doctor Can Save Him! Not many know the origins of this phrase, or the man behind it. But that phrase and that man helped lay the foundation for an alternative healthcare revolution within a revolutionary country.


Exploring Advanced Meanings of the Pure Yang Mudra

By Master Zhongxian Wu: Mudra is a specific ritual in ancient shamanism, and is still very much alive as specific techniques of cultivation and healing/self-healing in the Mt. EMei Sage style of Qigong (EMei Zhengong 峨眉 真功) tradition. Mudras, representing ancient symbols, have the power to carry and transmit ancient knowledge directly to us on an experiential level. The Pure Yang Mudra has a deep connection to one of the oldest records of ancient Chinese civilization, the Book of Change (Yijing or I Ching).


Ch'an Master Ren Xiang (1909-2013) and Internal Martial Arts

Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles, Ph.D.: This is an English translation of the original Chinese language text entitled '太极圆功 禅拳简介', or 'Brief Introduction to Taiji Yuan Gong Ch'an Quan'. This text focuses on the life of the Ch'an Master Ren Xiang – who lived into his 105th year of life. As a layman, he practiced and mastered Taiji Yuan Gong – which can be described as a 'Daoist' martial art – and when he became an ordained Ch'an Buddhist monk, he found that the disciplined and austere lifestyle, (coupled with hours of intense seated meditation), allowed him to enter a whole new level of pristine awareness that in turn, facilitated a transformation in the psychological and physical practice of his art.



Departments include "Taiji: Are You Too Soft or Too Hard?" by Ralph Johnson; "The Way of Healing with Medical Qigong" by Guan-Cheng Sun, Ph.D., and Jill Gonet, MFA; The Exotic Chinese Lychee, as well as our typical news and cultural tidbits.


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