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Perceiving Through the Heart

Perceiving Through the Heart

Leading herbal expert Stephen Harrod Buhner discusses the process of cultivating our connection to the natural world. While most of modern culture encourages us to develop our thinking and mental processes, there is a way to perceive the world more fully and directly– using our heart as an organ of perception. Join Heiner, Laurie, and Stephen as we explore this essential way to directly glean the secrets of plants and other forms of life.

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The Empress of all the Chinese Organ Networks—the Heart

The Empress of all the Chinese Organ Networks—the Heart

This week we explore the Heart Organ Network. The primary function associated with Heart in Chinese medicine is to move our awareness in the direction of unity, and enable us to experience true community and connection. Join us as we explore how the ancients conceived of this fundamental role in our human experience, and what their insights have to offer us in today’s increasingly alienating world.

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The Story of the Heart Channel, as Told by the Acupuncture Point Names

The Story of the Heart Channel, as Told by the Acupuncture Point Names

What do the symbols represented in the acupuncture point names reveal about the functions of the Heart channel? We find an ancient story that begins in earth and moves into fire—symbolizing the process of our physical form embodying our spirit. Join us for an exploration into the deeper meanings associated with the “empress” of all of the acupuncture channels—the Heart.

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“Toxic” Herbs are Valuable Medicine

“Toxic” Herbs are Valuable Medicine

There is a movement in today’s safety-conscious world to remove potentially toxic herbs from the market for the protection of consumers. However, strong medicines are by their very nature substances that can be toxic to those who don’t need them. Health is a homeodynamic state—one in which the individual’s system remains responsive to changes in the environment. Disease exists when a person’s system loses its homeodynamic capacity, and gets out of balance. Strong medicines can be administered to counter the imbalance. As a simple example, a medicine that has “drying” properties can restore a healthy state to a person with a “damp” condition. If given to a healthy person, this same medicine could induce dryness. Today’s discussion stresses the importance of keeping strong medicines available to those trained in their proper use.

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Chinese Herbal Preparation and Formulation is a Profound Alchemical Science

Chinese Herbal Preparation and Formulation is a Profound Alchemical Science

When true to its ancient roots, the creation of Chinese herbal medicines is a sophisticated alchemical practice based in the science of symbols and a deep understanding of the laws of nature. Individual herbs are grown under specific environmental conditions, harvested and prepared according to highly specified practices, and combined in precise ratios with an understanding of how they will interact during further preparation to produce medicinal formulas with the desired medicinal qualities. In the hands of skilled practitioners, such formulas resolve imbalances and restore health. Today’s discussion focuses in particular on the many ways an individual herb can be prepared (paozhi) to produce substances having unique and predictable medicinal actions.

In contrast, Western medical science has developed individual pharmaceutical drugs that have predictable biochemical actions aimed at symptom abatement. They can alleviate suffering and treat disease—but their use is not based in a deep understanding of what it takes to truly restore health.

We advocate that the deep wisdom and true science of Chinese medicine be recognized and honored, and used in a truly integrative manner with the brilliance of biomedicine for the benefit of all in need.

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The Story of the Spleen Channel, as Told by the Acupuncture Point Names

The Story of the Spleen Channel, as Told by the Acupuncture Point Names

What do the symbols represented in the acupuncture point names reveal about the functions of the Spleen channel? We find a story about earth, hidden light, and transformation. Join us today to explore ancient insights about the mysteries of the spleen functions—the one that accomplishes much without needing the credit.

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Time is Medicine

Time is Medicine

In this episode, Heiner speaks with our friend Carol Ferris, master astrologer and comparative archeo-astronomy expert. She describes how ancient cultures focused on characterizing the quality of time rather than measuring it in quantitative terms. In addition, she and Heiner discuss the particular quality of Lidong, the beginning of winter, as it was described in ancient Chinese texts.

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The Story of the Stomach Channel, as Told by the Acupuncture Point Names

The Story of the Stomach Channel, as Told by the Acupuncture Point Names

What do the symbols represented in the acupuncture point names reveal about the functions of the Stomach channel? We find a story about earth, containment and community. Join us today to explore ancient insights about how to interact with the natural world to deeply nourish your body, securing it as a sacred vessel for your spirit.

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The Story of the Large Intestine Channel

The Story of the Large Intestine Channel

Today’s episode is the third in a series (interspersed with other topics) that shares the fruits of a research project Heiner has spearheaded for more than a decade. The project is like an archeological dig, focused on uncovering a deeper understanding of the functions of the acupuncture channels by deciphering the symbolism contained in the acupuncture point names. We started with the Lung channel, which relays a story of water, and now explore the Large Intestine channel, which is a story of the rising sun. Join us for a discussion of how the images and metaphors of the Large Intestine acupuncture points provide a rich resource for the creation of highly individualized treatment protocols for Large Intestine-related clinical presentations.

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Ancient wisdom can deliver a healthy, happy pregnancy

Ancient wisdom can deliver a healthy, happy pregnancy

Join Laurie for a lively discussion with Debra Betts, RN, LAc and Sabine Wilms, PhD on the wealth of wisdom that Chinese medicine holds about having a healthy pregnancy and baby. Debra and Sabine have taught the world-over, bringing together Debra’s vast clinical experience with the use of acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth, with Sabine’s scholarship on what the ancient Chinese sage-practitioners taught about nourishing the life of the mother, fetus, and newborn. The discussion wends from general lifestyle advice for women wanting to get pregnant, to what acupuncture has to offer women with threatened miscarriage.

Debra Betts is a registered nurse in New Zealand, who received a Diploma in Acupuncture from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. She is an internationally recognized expert in the use of acupuncture in pregnancy, and is the author of The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Sabine Wilms received her doctorate in East Asian Studies and Medical Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2002, and is a world-renown expert on the life and works of ancient sage- scholar Sun Simiao (581-682 A.D.). Known as the “King of Medicine” (Yaowang), Sun Simiao is revered not only for his medical acumen (especially in the realm of herbal prescription), but also for his deep knowledge of how to “nourish life”, emphasizing the health of women and children. (For more information, go to the June 7th, 2012 TNR  interview with Sabine.)

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