Category Archives: Chinese Medicine Articles

Spring Foods for the Chinese Solar Spring

On the Chinese solar calendar, Spring started on February 4th 2015, which is half way from the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The anxiously awaited arrival of spring signals the time of rebirth, renewal and growth, as the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen says “Spring grows.” What lay dormant and barren in the winter is now bursting forth with lush green growth. Fresh grass carpets the rolling hillsides and flowers are once again in bloom. In nature, this newly emerging life signals “new beginnings” which also applies to people. It is time for us to shake of the Yin energy of winter and its function of storage in the body changing to give expression to our Yang qi which leads to movement and growth. Spring awakens our senses; we feel rejuvenated, more alive and the urge to “get moving “is strong. The Neijing also says, “The Three Months of spring are called spring forth and display. Heaven and earth
together produce life.

Healthy Eating in Flow with Autumn: A Chinese Medicine Perspective

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, one key to a long life is living in harmony with nature and the four seasons. All living things on earth, including humans, are influenced by environmental and seasonal changes. Each of the four seasons has its own individual characteristics and rhythms that affect not only the external world but our internal world as well. According to the Huang Di Nei Jing, a core text of medicine in China, “Spring gives birth, Summer grows, Autumn harvests, and Winter stores.”

Newsletter Summer 2013 – Chinese Medicine

The Chinese name sanbao originally refers to the Daoist microcosm that lies within Mankind known as the Three Treasures. These are the microcosm of the Daoist universal concept of Heaven, Man, and Earth.  In long-established Classical Chinese spiritual/medicinal traditions, the “Three Treasures” are the essential energies sustaining human life:

  • Jing “nutritive essence, essence; refined, perfected; extract; spirit; sperm, seed”
  • Qi “vitality, energy, force; air, vapor; breath; spirit, vigor; attitude”
  • Shen “spirit; soul, mind; god, deity “

Jing is often equated with the male sperm and hormonal system (especially the adrenal functions of Mineralocorticoids, Glucocorticoids, and Sexual Steroids {Testosterone & Progesterone}). Once Jing is replete (full & balanced) then it can be refined into Qi. Qi also known as vital breath and energy. Many ideas have been debated as to the exact nature of Qi, however the majority consensus is the free form use of available energy stores in the cellular matrix (Actin, ATP, and Mitochondrial stores) as well as the more subtle energetic properties that facilitate the more subtle processes of the mind/body connection. Finally, Shen is the unquantifiable sub-etheric concept for soul and spirit. When the Jing and Qi becomes full and harmonious the Shen can then rest and be at ease. This allows deeper access to our ‘Original Nature’. The completion of these three processes then allows the Shen to support greater amounts of Jing to be stored and the process to continue on at deeper levels. This process is also referred to as Nei Dan or ‘Internal Alchemy’.

Written by
Patrick Lovitt
Priest-in-Training 2013