chinese medicine patterns of disharmony

The process of diagnosis (and the principle of treatment based on that diagnosis) is much different in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory than it is in the biomedical model.  Because of the differences in the holistic vs. the reductionist models of medicine, signs and symptoms of illness are never considered in isolation in TCM.  All symptoms are analyzed by discriminating the underlying pattern of disharmony which underlies a person’s complaint.  Symptoms are a piece of a bigger puzzle. Continue reading

the internal organs (ZangFu) of traditional chinese medicine

The internal organs of the body (called the ZangFu) in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory are a little different from their biomedical counterparts.  Anatomy in Traditional Chinese Medicine results from classifying organs and their functions as viewed from the outside of the body.  In contrast, biology’s anatomy is a result of dissecting the body and cataloging its internal parts.  The ZangFu organs of Chinese Medicine represent not only the body parts themselves, but they also correspond to a related tissue, sense organ, aspect of emotion, flavour, colour, and more. Continue reading


Acupuncture is an ancient technique used to restore circulation and balance the body through the activation of the body’s meridian system.  It involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, single-use needles into the body to stimulate acupoints.  In addition to being able to treat pain of the musculo-skeletal system, the Traditional Chinese Medicine style of acupuncture can also regulate Blood and Energy circulation of the internal organs.  It can be used, therefore, not only to treat pain but also to treat imbalances in organ systems, strengthen the immune system, prevent illness, promote health and wellness, and balance emotions. Continue reading

papaya and fish soup to increase breastmilk supply

Papayas are considered to be good for breast health in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  One of my teachers told me it is because their shape looks like a healthy female breast.  A traditional recipe from China to help increase breastmilk production is Papaya and Fish soup.  There are regional / family variations, but here’s the version I use.
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