|Posted on August 6, 2021 at 9:55 PM|
Today is the beginning of fall, 立秋 lìqiū by the Chinese agricultural calendar.
This is the season and the element I had the most trouble translating, even though the essence of the silent, killing season resonates in me so strongly that I started invoking her as ying in high school, years before I would learn about 容平 róng píng, acceptance and balance, reserve and poise...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 6, 2016 at 8:00 PM|
Yesterday was the solar term 立夏 lì xìa, the beginning of summer. I lost my first patient on this day three years ago. Exactly one year later, we lost my partner's maternal grandfather.
Since I became aware of the turning of the seasons and its effect on people, I've become...increasingly judgmental of the Gregorian? calendar which thinks that spring and autu...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 29, 2015 at 9:20 PM|
More changes: I've started a clinical doctoral program. Until June 2017, I will be spending a long weekend in Portland once a month. I've decided to stop working at Manzanita on Sundays for now. It's the time of year to consolidate activities and move toward the stillness of winter.
If you cannot come for treatments on Tuesday afternoon, please email me and I'll see if we can figure something out. I'm committed to being accessible t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
Disclaimer: This post is not for general consumption. I'm trying to clarify my own internal thought process about a diagnostic breakthrough. I'm going to use jargon & shorthand, and organize it for the non-professional acupuncture enthusiast later.
I had a magical moment two days ago, when an accurate diagnosis led to immediate relief of symptoms that were seriously scaring the patient. Not for the first time, I felt the importance of the difference between Ť...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 21, 2014 at 12:10 AM|
Yesterday was Easter, as well as the solar term gu-yu, Grain Rain. It took me a little while to figure out that, unlike the (neo-)pagan Ostara, Grain Rain does not always coincide with Easter Sunday. Last year, for example, Easter Sunday was March 31, four days before qing-ming, Clear Brightness. Sometimes I wonder how I never noticed that the days and nights get longer and shorter with the seasons before I started studying Chinese medicine.
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