April 16, 2020


We are all aware these days that our physical health and our emotional and mental health are completely intertwined.

Acupuncture theory provides an intricate and effective template to understand and work on connecting our various mental/ emotional states with both the i...

April 5, 2020


Immunity obviously cannot be reduced to one organ or system. Rather, good overall health fundamentals discussed here are the way to ensure you maintain effective personal immunity.

However, the Lung system is a significant part of the immune system and is worth focussing a bit of our attention he...

June 12, 2019

In Acupuncture, rather than concerning ourselves primarily with the hardware of the physical body as in Western medicine, we allow our focus to broaden: to include an investigation primarily of the state of the software. In contrast to our analogous computer, in living systems, the hardware (physica...

May 15, 2019

I awake, shivering, in the cold of the pre-dawn. The single blanket seemed adequate last night.  The alleys I wander along towards the foot of the hill are mostly deserted apart from the odd cow sleeping whilst standing (what a skill!). I savour the quiet and solitude as I begin to climb away from t...

April 22, 2019

"It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.  The diagnosis seems in every case to correspond exactly with all the sensations...

May 29, 2018

In acupuncture theory, understanding of your health is associated with all sorts of phenomena which may seem completely unrelated with your human body. Acupuncturists litter their books and diagnoses, for example, with natural-world terminology like Heat, Wind, Damp, Fire and Cold. 

In particula...

June 3, 2017

iGlobal Warming

We are all concerned, to some degree, with climate change and global warming. But what if I told you that we all face the potential spectre of our own personal "internal" global warming. Lets call it iGlobal Warming.

iPolar Caps = Kidney

In iGlobal Warming, the polar caps are represente...

April 27, 2017

How to Hydrate for Health

ShenNong was relaxing one hot day in the mountains. Without a smartPhone to do something “efficient” (take a moment to remember how that felt!), he was instead fancy free to contemplate the beauty of nature about him.

He took his repose in the shade of an old Camellia tree. A...

March 3, 2016

The World is Sound This overarching statement (one translation of the Hindi “Nada Brahma”) is interesting as a philosophical concept. And it may raise a smile

October 1, 2015

“The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it…”

This quote from the imminent release of Star Wars Episode VII encapsulates an idea of lineage almost ubiquitously portrayed in the West in our books, films and myths. As attractive as this default may be, it is actuall...

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