Archive | Classical Oriental Medicine

What’s It All About…?

    Yin and Yang is a tricky concept in oriental medicine. I read and hear various interpretations which sound interesting. For example, you can look at the meaning of the Kanji and for Yang, it’s like the sunny side of the hill, Yin is the darker side/ Yang male, Yin female etc. These interpretations […]

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East of the sun (and West of the moon)

East of the sun (and West of the moon)   “Only when Art is connecting with ordinary feelings or ordinary common sense it becomes most powerful”. Ai Weiwei 艾未未 2014 BBC interview with Alan Yentob. .     I got married many moons ago …. yes, it’s been that long!..so long, that it’s usually my […]

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Big Bank Hank

Back when I was a teenager one song that still sticks in my mind is Rappers Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang. I particularly remember the line in it that says “ after school, I take a dip in the pool”….. It conjured up images of how great it must be to go to school […]

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Help yourself

In Japan, autumn was one of my favourite seasons. I used to take a train up to the mountains to see the colour changes in the trees. It was always different every year as the vibrant colours depend on how hot and humid the summer was. If it was very hot, then there would be […]

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Making ends meet (mind the gap)

An attractive thing about oriental medicine, or any art for that matter, is the beauty of creating something from nothing. Oriental medicine could easily be called “the medicine of nothing” and I believe my teacher Edward sensei once referred to it this way. For example, when I touch- needle a point or watch a cone […]

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