What's in the Spring 2020 Issue?

In The Company Of Cranes: Ancient Teachers Of Qigong

By Kenneth S. Cohen: Next to the phoenix, the crane is considered the most noble of birds. They are naturally associated with the mountains, mountain people (the "Immortals" of Daoism), and Daoist monasteries. Cranes keep appearing in qigong and martial arts. The crane is one of the animals in the very first illustrated manual of qigong: the Daoyin Tu 導引圖, dated to 168 BC. About three hundred years later, the eminent physician Hua Tuo 華佗, created the Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi 五禽戲), the earliest qigong choreography still practiced, protected in China today as a "national cultural heritage".

Chinese Medicine, Western Soul

By Henry McGrath: The Yellow Emperor says: "For all acupuncture to be thorough and effective, one must first cure the Soul". This article argues that if we wish to treat at the level of the Soul, in other words metaphysically, both practitioner and patient must consciously be aware and involved in the process. True health is not defined merely as an absence of disease, but as a life of fulfillment, meaning and purpose. Chinese Medicine has the potential to help them towards this fuller model of health.

Carrying The Burden of Taiji Legacy

By C.P. Ong, Ph.D.: One day, eight-year-old Chen Xiaowang found himself surrounded by commotion. Wherever he turned, the Village was abuzz with how the "little ninth uncle" dealt a stupendous martial feat on his burly older nephew. They were talking about his father's remarkable hidden "jin" or force. Though filled with pride and excitement, he did not feel it was anything special, as there were abundant tales of his forbears' skills in taijiquan. Moreover, his grandfather, Chen Fa-ke was already a living legend in Beijing at that time. The incident nevertheless left an inspirational mark on him and thrust on him the taiji legacy he was born into.

Demystifying the Yin/Yang

By Jonathan Snowiss: A philosophical discussion of the characteristics of the yin/yang, not on how to internalize it to improve the quality of your qigong or taiji practice. Rather, I want you to see the beauty of nature all around us; from the smallest of the quantum world to the unbelievable expansion of the universe or multiverse. As important as practice is, it is nothing compared to seeing and experiencing the practice, outside of practice! One might be the best healer or fighter or performer, but if he/she can't see the yin/yang beauty outside of his/her specialty; the whole existence is missed.


Departments: Chinese Dietary Therapy—Balancing the Body with Foods and Seasons by Darren Holman outlines some basic guidelines for how the nature and flavor of foods interact with the body, and when to eat them. The Art of Centering by John M. Murney focuses on "centering" to help you maintain balance when practicing your taiji or qigong. Susan West shares Qigong Breath Holding and Nitric Oxide, an article based on research she has conducted into the relationship between Qigong practice of breath holding and nitric oxide and the potential healing influence of the two. A simple, Easy to Understand Explanation of Acupuncture by John Amaro helps us try to explain what acupuncture is and how it works to someone who may be skeptical when we use common Chinese terminology. And for our cultural tidbit this issue, Steven Luo tells us that Paper Money was invented by the Chinese nearly 2000 years before it was used in Europe.

We hope you enjoy this, our 117th consecutive issue.