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May 2016

Pulse Classes in China
We at the Contemporary Oriental Medicine Foundation would like to share some wonderful news. Dr. Hammer’s Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis has been translated into Chinese by Dr. Wen-Huai Chang, and has been…


March - April 2016

The Search for Energy
How, in our modern age, does acupuncture fare in the Western world? What can we say about this movement of Oriental ideology into Occidental culture? One significant issue relates to the absence, in Western medicine, of a concept…

Respect and Power
Of all the beliefs and values by which we must live our lives for universal benefit, respect is the most vital. By this, I mean both respect for others, and self-respect. I mean respect from the heart, as well as from the head. Especially in a therapeutic situation…

The Origins of Wind
For this update, I would like to share with you some of the history of thought on a natural phenomenon which affects us all, patient and practitioner alike. The following shows a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of…

The Ben and the Biao
Dr. Shen spoke of three levels of doctor, referencing the classical concept of the upper, mid, and low-level physicians. The first, and lowest, does not understand the disease or the cause, but treats only the symptoms, and the results are not very good. In Dr. Shen’s opinion…


January - February 2016

The Pulse
Georges Soulié de Morant, author of L’acuponcture chinoise, was a great advocate of the benefits and necessities of pulse diagnosis. His work led to the first successful European acculturation of acupuncture in the 1950s, and he believed…

The Pulse and CCPD
Following on from my last article, The Pulse, I wish to delve slightly deeper into its subject. In my book, Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (Eastland Press, 2001), I present teaching that was passed on to me…

Awareness
My experience in teaching, during which I have seen many students’ patients, is that we are only beginning to understand the implications of the pulse qualities and of their combinations. Each patient teaches me something…

The Spectrum: Health to Disease in East and West
On the continuum from health to disease, from life to death, we find the concerns of Western medicine situated mostly at the disease end of the spectrum. The focus, for instance, is on laboratory tests capable of detecting…

The Modern Challenge
Given the extra-ordinary nature of 21st-century life, the original Chinese medical system requires some expansion to take account of the difference in lifestyles between China and industrialized Western society. Even until 1990, over 70% of China’s population …


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