BLOOD IN CHINESE MEDICINE? Blood (血 xuè) encompass the Western concept of the word and much more. Blood and Qi are as inseparable and interconnected as Yin and Yang. Qi moves and directs the flow of Blood, while Blood provides substance through which Qi can move and nourishes the organs that produce Qi. Functions of
From 7 Times a Woman and Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine; Volume 2: WHAT IS QI? Qì 气(氣) is the energy that animates our bodies and all of life. Qi is a difficult concept for Westerners to grasp and has been further confused by changes in language. You may see Qi spelled "chi" which is
Phalaenopsis hybrid I admit I was a little sad to wake up this morning to one single (albeit beautiful) flowering orchid after we attended the Redlands Orchid Festival yesterday. She was a phalaenopsis hybrid that was too good a deal to pass up. After the Tamiami Orchid Show, Dr. Judith Andrews and I
Some of my favorite orchids are the cascading dendrobiums of the dendrobium, callista, and phalaenopsis sub groups. These display true Fire (startling and fun) and Water (drama and romance) qualities. I began growing orchids last October and I want to share my mistakes so others can avoid them. Mistake #1: Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Doesn't Like Cold!
Chinese medicine scholar Lorraine Wilcox reminded us that yesterday, February 4, 2016 was the first day of spring, or Lì Chūn 立春. Chinese medicine tells us that if we adjust our diet and lifestyle to each season we increase our health and prevent disease. Spring is the season of the Wood element and the liver
It only makes sense that the first video we shot for the Nurturing Life Project would be on healthy soil. Healthy soil is directly tied to our Jing (vitality). Plants grown in soil teeming with healthy microorganisms thrive. They pass on this vitality to us in the fruits, vegetables, and grains they produce. Thus, we
One of the many projects we have is to replace a failing hedge of ficus trees. Ficus trees can be a nuisance; destroying pipes and foundation. However, I don't like to kill things, so I decided to re-purpose them into bonsai; Judith's and my new hobby. Ficus is supposed to be a great bonsai subject