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Summer, Bright Yang and Seed of Yin

June 2015
by Jonathan Gilbert

sunflower and the symbol of yin-yang

In Chinese medicine, summer is the height of Yang energy. It is bright, warm, full of expanding energy. And yet it also is the time of the seed of Yin. This idea is mirrored in many of the herbal formulas that are part of the Chinese formulary.

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Spring, Time for Full Effort

May 2015
by Jonathan Gilbert

Chinese Peony

Spring has sprung, time for forging ahead. The seeds of winter months can now be cultivated. In traditional medicine, the herbs of the spring are Yang within Yang.

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Autumn, Time of Gathering and Descending

November 2014
by Jonathan Gilbert

Yin Yang

Autumn has arrived and with it the explosion of color and flaming beauty. It is a time of Yin within Yin. We seek within ourselves a place to gently store our energies for the coming months.

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Medicine of the Han – Part 4 – The Secrets Inside the Golden Chamber

November 2014
by Jonathan Gilbert

ancient chinese medicine book with dried herbs

Chronic, debilitating, progressive conditions like arthritis, left ancient doctors perplexed. It wasn’t until the end of the Han Era that the solution was found.

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Medicine of the Han – Part 3 – The Code in the Classics

October 2014
by Jonathan Gilbert

Old metal keys on vintage book.

When writing a medical classic that is to be used to heal, but contains knowledge that could also be used to for profit and manipulation, you have to be pretty darn careful who reads it.

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