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30. Li/Brightness

March 8, 2014 5:17 pm

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

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Electroacupuncture Can Help Relieve Inflammation

February 26, 2014 4:08 pm

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:

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Yi Jing

February 21, 2014 3:30 pm

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

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The Nuts and Bolts of FATS

February 14, 2014 1:31 pm

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

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014 12:35 pm

  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

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Self Care During The Season

December 17, 2013 4:44 pm

Hi everyone! Bridget here. I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving. We have entered the cold weather and holiday season, which for many of us means more stress. One way to reduce stress around the holidays is to keep good boundaries. Winter is a season of low energy and self reflection. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, it’s  okay to politely decline any invitation to attend or host a party, dinner or event. Another way to avoid the stress of the season is to plan ahead with gift buying, baking and cooking and traveling. Less last minute chores means less stress. Sometimes we can give too much of ourselves by spending what we think we should rather than what we have; make a budget and stick to it! There’s no reason to go into debt or have buyers remorse. You’ll be grateful and proud of yourself when you do only what you feel comfortable with. Another thing to remember during this time of year is self care. Do your best not to miss meals even if you have errands to take care of and shopping trips left. Go ahead and indulge in treats you might not have any other time... View Article

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013 10:51 am

Happy Thanksgiving We will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. We’re grateful for your continual support and the chance for us to get to know you. We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend and the time with your family and friends. A Happy Hannukah as well! Open House December 5th at 6:30pm Come meet our practitioners, keep warm with some snacks, pizza, and herbal teas. Stay to treat yourself with free mini treatments including chair massage, reiki and acupuncture. We’d love to see you, current patients, past patients, and anyone looking to learn more about what we do at Traditional Eastern Medicine.

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Upcoming Events

November 13, 2013 11:45 am

Brown Employee Health Fair We will be at the Brown Employee Health Fair on Wednesday November 20th from 8am-3pm. It will be held at Sayles Hall. Make sure to stop by our table to say hello and enter our raffle. Looking forward to seeing you all there! Reiki Classes and Events  Usui Reiki Level I Training Saturday November 30th :: 10am-4pm :: $150 Usui Reiki Level II Training Saturday December 14th :: 10am-4pm :: $200 Please bring Reiki Level I certificate Preregistration and $50 deposit is required. Previous students receive a 10% discount on their next level attunement. This Friday morning 8am-10am we will be holding a reiki share. Open to anyone with at least a Level I training. $7 donation.

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Under The Weather Tea

October 25, 2013 12:04 pm

Under the Weather Tea The herbs, Skullcap (Sculleteria off.) Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Oregano (Origanum vulgare), Sage (Salvia Off.), Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra), Nettle (Urtica dioica.), in this tea have traditionally been used to support health during times of illness. Farmacy Herbs You may have noticed we’ve started prescribing teas. The teas we carry are fromFarmacy Herbs, based in Providence, and are loose and chemical free. We’ve chosen a local, loose tea and chemical-free company because it is healthier for us, local economy and our planet. Whatever herbs they cannot grow locally are sourced from Mountain Rose Herb company. This is the season that coughs and flus start up, so we’ve been selling a lot Under the Weather Tea. It is best to take at first signs of sickness. One tablespoon of tea per cup of water and let steep for 10 minutes-2 hours. Enjoy 4 cups throughout the day for therapeutic results. I like to make 4 cups at once in my french press so I have it ready to drink throughout the day. We’re going to take a short look into what herbs are in the tea mix and what is their role.  Skullcap is a nervine relaxant, which means it is... View Article

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The Metal Element in Fall

October 22, 2013 3:26 pm

The Metal element: Governs organization, order, communication, the mind, setting limits, protecting boundaries. A person with balanced Metal energy is well organized, self-disciplined, and conscientious. They like structure in their life. They are most comfortable in situations when they know the rules and can succeed by following them. Metal Qi bestows a deep inner strength, like ore mined from the mountains. Autumn Health Tips  Dr. Fischer here! The fall season is associated with the element of Metal and marks the beginning of the Yin cycle when the days grow dark sooner, the weather is cool, and the leaves begin to fall off the trees. It is also a time of harvest for winter storage and nature instructs us about our own cycles of creating and letting go. The lung and large intestine are the internal organs related to fall and the Metal element. The energy of this season, more than any other, supports our letting go of the things we no longer need. Fall is a time for organizing your life for the winter season ahead and coming more inside your body and mind to reflect on your life and harvest the bounty of your hard work. “Out with the old,... View Article

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