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Guiding and Leading (Humility)-Putting Oneself Behind

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, December 10, 2018

As a leader, humility is the most important prerequisite to lead the people. The book Shu (《書‧大禹謨》) said: “(Those) satisfied will cause damage and (those) humble will acquire benefits.” This is because those who are humble can take a low position, be open-minded, and be willing to learn; thus they gain. Those who are satisfied and proud of themselves will not listen and learn from others; thus they lose. The Book of Changes (《易‧謙》) said: “Those who are humble and again humble always use their modest personality to restrain themselves.” More >>

General Principles for Eating Well

Catherine Kurosu, MD, Lac and Aihan Kuh, CMD, OBT, December 3, 2018

The diet in the United States is very out of balance for the majority of the population. People eat too much meat, too many sweets, too much dairy, and too-large quantities of food. Junk food is very common in many households. Row upon row of processed foods line our supermarket aisles. More >>

Qi: Science or Magic?

Peter Anthony Gryffin, Phd., November 26, 2018

Tai chi and similar exercises are yielding phenomenal results for a large variety of health concerns. When I began collecting case stories, I was amazed at the number of people who have benefited from these exercises, often in dramatic ways. That tai chi and various qigong exercises increase blood oxygen saturation indicates that it is no coincidence that the Chinese word "qi" (pronounced "chi") is so strongly associated with these exercises. Despite qi's common association with the metaphysical and energy work, at its most basic level qi is best understood from its literal translation as "air." More >>

Qigong and Tai Chi Benefits

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc and Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT, November 19, 2018

Now is the time to start your action and make things happen. We all have different plans even though we have similar goals. We must put theory into action. Without action, nothing works. As unique as each of us is, as individually tailored as each healing plan might be, there is one item that should be on everyone's list: exercise. More >>

Theory of Taiji Ball Qigong (太極球氣功之理論)

David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 12, 2018

The theoretical foundation of taiji ball qigong is based on the theory and philosophy of taiji (太極). From this theory, practices were developed. In order to understand the root of taiji ball qigong training, you must first understand the meaning of taiji in taiji ball qigong. More >>

The Value of Differentiated Movement

John Loupos, M.S., H.S.E., November 5, 2018

Your ability to move in a differentiated manner is truly a measure of how freely you can live in your own body. Differentiated movement is a foundational concern to all tai chi and martial arts practitioners and is important, as well, to many other sports and movement disciplines. More >>

Doing Nothing—Be Nature

Translated and Interpreted by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, October 29, 2018

For those who wish to take over the world and act upon it, I can see that they cannot succeed. The world is a sacred vessel, it cannot be acted upon it and cannot be controlled. Those who act upon it will fail; and those who control it will lose. More >>

Combining Eastern and Western Medicine in the Treatment of Headaches - Part 2

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc, October 22, 2018

Other non-pharmacologic methods of treating chronic headaches have been recommended by the American Academy of Neurology. These include relaxation training, thermal biofeedback combined with relaxation training, or cognitive-behavioral training. All of these methods strive to decrease muscle tension that may contribute to the onset of the headache. This tension is usually found in the upper back and neck. More >>

Combining Eastern and Western Medicine in the Treatment of Headaches - Part 1

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc, October 15, 2018

Twenty-three years ago, when Louise was pregnant for the first time, her truck was broadsided and jettisoned over an embankment. The force of the crash caused a severe neck injury and sent Louise into preterm labor. Her daughter was born eight weeks early, but grew from a sweet baby into a beautiful young woman, as though the accident had never happened. More >>

Thoughts on Eastern and Western Medicine for Optimal Health

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc and Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT, October 8, 2018

When people think of Chinese medicine, they most commonly think of acupuncture. When they think of acupuncture, they instantly think of back pain. It is true that back pain is the first ailment for which Western countries accepted Eastern solutions. However, there is a vast array of different conditions for which all components of Eastern medicine can be used. More >>

The Beauty of Simplicity

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT, October 1, 2018

We live in a very complex world. Many of us are overloaded with information, technology, apps, consumer goods, foods, clothing, stuff, activities, and events. Because of this, many of us feel overwhelmed, and don’t remember how to breathe anymore. Others may even feel they need to acquire more. More >>

Essential Elements of Metarobics and Tai Chi for Therapy

Peter Anthony Griffin, PhD., September 17, 2018

Tai chi is fast becoming a popular exercise, resulting in a wide range of teaching methods. Some changes are beneficial, but others may reduce or even eliminate the unique benefits of tai chi. This chapter provides a brief overview of the development of tai chi for health and discusses what to look for when choosing a class to maximize the benefits of tai chi from a Metarobic and structural perspective. More >>

Self-Nourishment—Commonality Translated and Interpreted Dr.Yang, Jwing-Ming

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, September 10, 2018

Humans have defined what beauty is and what it is not. We also defined what is good and what is bad. In doing this, we set up an emotional matrix and dogma in human society. Once we have these concepts, there exists having or not having, difficulty or ease, and other ideas in comparison to one another. Consequently, competitiveness arises and different classes are discriminated. Du, Guang-Ting (杜光庭) said: "What are beauty and goodness? They are initiated from xin (i.e., emotional mind). More >>

Qi, the Dao, and Cell Biology

Catherine Kurosu, MD, LAc and Aihan Kuhn, CMD, OBT., September 3, 2018

Both Western and Eastern medical traditions base their definition of health on the correct functioning of bodily systems. In the Western paradigm, this is considered optimal cellular metabolism. In the Eastern model, this is considered the smooth flow of qi. Which concept is correct? They both are. More >>

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