The Pulse and CCPD

Following on from my last post, 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 by Dr. John Shen, an innovative and venerable master of...

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 knowledge of the pulses to be...

A Theory of Balance

Balance has often been considered a controversial subject in Chinese medicine. Like all human concepts, balance as a value may be used for good or evil. No doubt the Confucian ‘Doctrine of the Mean’ was utilized throughout Chinese history to suppress the excesses...

The Unity of Medicine

Chinese medicine is fundamentally a preventive medicine. Since the cause of disease is within us, and can be known and understood, the concept of disease as a personal crisis in life becomes a more rational proposition. By studying the pulse, tongue, eye, and...

The Theory of Health

In our modern society, and in Western medicine, we lack a coherent theory of health. Of late there has been an increasing accumulation of unrelated facts, born of analytic research. This has resulted in the fragmentation of medicine into specialties without an...

The Unifying Matrix

Western medicine has no unifying matrix. In the West, although some token homage is paid to the unity of man with the universe by academic theologians, theoretical physicists, and a few science fiction writers, medicine, with all its accomplishments, remains an...

The Energy of Medicine

In Western medicine, it is anathema for the physician’s subjective being to be critical to the practice of his medicine. The validity of his practice is now defined by his intellectual ability to choose the correct drug and procedure, which consequently also gives him...

Global Toxicity

In this update, we are pleased to share with you Dr. Hammer’s thoughts on one of the most pertinent issues affecting healthcare on a worldwide scale. As part of a series of video lectures filmed in 2014, Dr. Hammer presents here his views on the ever-growing problem...

Chinese Medicine at the Crossroads

Sometimes rapidly, and sometimes slowly, Chinese medicine has made its way towards a Western model of medicine over the past 60-odd years specifically, and the past 100 years in general. I am certain that this will destroy its relevance to the health care system now...