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Meditation on Thansgiving

November 22, 2014 10:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving folks.  It’s a time for families and friends to get together, and share a large meal.  For some, this is a pleasant experience to look forward to. There is no shortage of picturesque Rockwellian holiday images during this time to remind us what Thanksgiving is suppose to look like.  But there are many of us, for whom it is a stressful time, full of dramas and reminders why family get-togethers don’t occur more often.  For others still, it is a lonely time, whether it’s because we don’t have any family, we’re living far away, or because we’re estranged from them.  Regardless, it is a holiday to be had and enjoyed. From the health desk of Traditional Eastern Medicine, I would like to focus attention on those of us who are struggling during this holiday time.  Remember to be grateful.  I mean, that is the essence of the holiday, isn’t it?  Gratitude may seem like a trivial thing, but it’s actually a powerful trigger that can cause a significant shift internally.  Mahatma Gandhi once said that to change the world, one must start with him/her self.  In a similar way, a change in perception must start with a change... View Article

Traditional Acupuncture and Dharana Art at the Dragon Boat Festival

September 21, 2014 4:23 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Traditional Eastern Medicine participated in this year’s RI Chinese Dragon Boat Race Festival in the Blackstone Valley. The race was a colorful spectacle of visually stunning Dragon Boats, thundering drum beats and cheering crowds. Hundreds gathered on this clear warm September day, eased by fall breeze. It was our first showing at a vendor event, and it couldn’t have been more exciting. I  debuted my new line of Dharana products, which included limited edition fine art prints, tee shirts and tote bags, all of which can be viewed at  Also for sale were Brilliant by Nature body products and Farmacy Herb teas. Days leading up to the event, Elon, our lovely project manager, and I worked long hours getting ready. There was so much to do: purchasing products and information packets, figuring out ways to display products, making banners, and getting shelving. There is a surprising amount of work that goes into preparing for a vendor event, especially for a first time vendor. Fortunately, Elon had years of experience doing vendor events during her undergraduate years, and her expertise was vital in getting everything done. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without Leila, our graphic designer extraordinaire and... View Article

Dr. Sanford Lee featured on local radio show

August 14, 2014 4:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Providence Acupuncturist Dr. Sanford Lee was featured on Cardinal Points, a local radio show hosted by Ed Cardinal. The interview covered Dr. Lee’s journey into art, marital arts and acupuncture through the study of the ancient Chinese classic, the I Ching. “This week’s guest to Cardinal Points Sanford Lee, Acupuncturist, begins our show by explaining the Yi Jing(I Ching) an ancient Chinese classic text, compiled some 3,000 years ago. “Basically the concept behind it is that everything changes. The universe is in a constant state of flux.” …”  To continue reading, follow the link:

Acupuncturist’s Meditation on the I Ching: Nourishing

June 30, 2014 1:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

27. Yi/Nourishing Mountain over Thunder The great Mencius spoke of nourishment of the spirit, not only of the body. The image conveys an act of mastication. The implication is that in order to get the nourishment, we have to first break down and digest the food. The raw material must die in order for us to extract its essence for our nourishment. While we give thanks for it, there is no way for us to exist without destroying the food stuff we consume.

Acupuncturist’s meditation on the I Ching 20. Xun/Proceeding Humbly

June 21, 2014 10:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Xun: Wind over wind: Proceeding Humbly. The winds of change blow relentlessly. The effect is constant changes, which can occur in two ways: visible changes that are apparent and less visible ones that are subtle. Despite their differences, the essence of change is the same: it occurs at all times, constantly. The Yi Jing (I Ching), or the “Book of Changes” is devoted to observing the variety of discreet patterns of changes that emerge over time. Over time, the myriad observable patterns were distilled into 64 distinct symbols, or Gua, which make up the text. Among these, Xun, more than any other, signifies this very essence of change. So the changes keep on coming. There is nothing to be done about that. We are all in amidst of changes, practically swimming in the sea of changes. So the question is, how does one proceed? Well, the Yi Jing proposes that the better able one is in reading the changes, the better able one would be to come out ahead. Because, ultimately, that is what you want to do in this wonderfully chaotic world. There are times when everything seems to be going the right way. And other times, not so... View Article

30. Li/Brightness

March 8, 2014 5:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

How should we employ Yi Jing? Yi Jing is not meant to be used as a tool to manipulate or change the reality, nor profit from it. Yi Jing is to be approached as a tool to assist the reader to better understand the universe. Essentially, in order that she may better live in harmony with it. The correct attitude in approaching the Yi, the constant eternal universal principle of change, is in quietude, reverence and humility.The first part of the Yi Jing, called the Upper Canon, opens with Heaven, Qian, and ends with Fire, Li. As the bookend of the Upper Canon, Li holds a special significance in the Yi Jing. The compiler of the book wanted to elucidate on the dynamic balance between the yin and yang, the universal principle of fluctuating and interdependent changes. The premise of the book impinges on the question of how best we can live in harmony with the universe. This approach derives from looking at the world broadly, like in a kaleidoscopic ancient Chinese landscape paintings. It comes from a perspective that understands the smallness of humanity relative to the infinitude of universe. In the paintings, human subjects are rendered almost insignificant... View Article

Electroacupuncture Can Help Relieve Inflammation

February 26, 2014 4:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In a recently published article in the online Nature Medicine, researchers at Rutgers Medical school discovered that electroacupuncture had a significant anti-inflammatory effects in mice infected with polymicrobial peritonitis. The report found an anti-inflammatory mechanism involving the sciatic and vagus nerves mediated immune response involving the production of catecholamines in the adrenal glands.  The finding suggests that one of the ways which acupuncture work is on its effect on neural pathways that regulate immune functions. For more information on the study, check out:

Yi Jing

February 21, 2014 3:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Yi Jing (I Ching) is an ancient book of divination, compiled in China around 3,000 years ago.  The character for Yi (I) refers to an ultimate reality, a system of chaos that governs all aspects of the universe.  It is often translated as ‘changes’, because that is one eternal characteristic of this reality:  everything changes all the time.  The changes may be apparent, or invisible.  But as sure as there are light and darkness, there are changes occurring at every moment.  Yi Jing is one way in which the ancients systematized and organized the patterns in which these changes occur.  In other words, underneath the seemingly chaotic world, there exists certain armature that governs and guides the outer forms that we experience.  Through the act of divination, Yi Jing reveals such forms at any given moment to anyone who ventures to communicate with and access the Yi directly. In 2002, I was making plans to go abroad for a study program scheduled for February/March of 2003.  The two choices I had were:  Guangdong Province in Southern China, and Tokyo, Japan. Both were very exciting prospects.  I consulted the Yi to help me decide.  First, I cast the Yi regarding the Guangdong... View Article

The Nuts and Bolts of FATS

February 14, 2014 1:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Nuts and Bolts of FATS Reprinted from MOUNTAINTOP BLOG Fats get such a bad rap. They’re essential to sustain life, you just need to know which ones to use. This post covers some of the key functions of fats: Energy: the fat molecules contain carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, as do carbohydrates, so they are interconvertible with carbohydrates. Protection: we all need some padding to be comfortable sitting, standing, walking, running in short, moving in our bodies! Insulation: fats provide a layer of warmth. Nerve conduction: the myelin sheath is the outer layer of nerves that protects, covers, and speeds up nerve impulses. Cell membrane: fats are an integral part of each and every cell membrane, and therefore are important for our basic structure. It is this last bullet point — fat as a key component of the cell membrane — that we want to zero in on, in our discussion today. We’ll spare you the molecular detail, though it was tempting to include it, and have instead short-handed it in our explanation. The human body is programmed to be more oily than solid, so the fluidity of the fats consumed makes a very big difference. Study after study has verified that cutting out... View Article

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014 12:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  There is much talk of love in our conversations.  It’s one of central themes that are in our songs, books, movies, tv shows, ads, etc.  But the stories of love are varied and deep.  It can move us to tears of joy, cries of pain, and also rage of jealousy.  This range is rather dramatic, for love can arouse the passions which can give way to the irrational and unpredictable.  Perhaps this is why in so many cultures around the world, love is not necessarily desired.  It can be disruptive. Indeed, revolutionary. In traditional Eastern thinking, love, Ai (爱), is central to our existence. It is the energetic center of our being, the “ground of our being”, as the theologian Paul Tillich once stated.  I mention Tillich, because the experience of love can mirror a religious experience.  The overarching purpose of this love is to become at one with the other, the beloved.  It is a phenomenon that can blur the boundary of the self identity and dissolve the concept of the self.  In this dissolution of one’s sense of self, a greater Self identity can emerge.  This uppercase Self breaks open the individual, selfish self in order to ... View Article