Classical Chinese herbal theory is an incredibly complicated and profound description of human physiology and pathology. With roots stretching back to foundational texts written in the 2nd century, it has benefited from an elaboration of theory and clinical application through scholarly debate and discourse for the past 1800 years, right up to the present day. The sheer volume of texts and discourses (numbering in the hundreds of thousands) of this living tradition is staggering, and shows Chinese herbal medicine to be the most sophisticated herbal medicine system in the world.
Acupuncture is a time-tested science that encourages the repair, growth, recovery, and balance of all body systems by stimulating the body’s own natural and innate ability to heal. It is well known as an excellent and effective aid in the treatment of all manner of pain. However, it’s real benefit extends to all aspects of the body, including hormonal, metabolic, stress, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and so much more. There is no system that acupuncture does not effect.
Qigong exercises are a subtle, yet profound longevity practice. Like yoga, it is primarily a breath practice coordinated with different physical movements. In fact, the true meaning of Qi is very close to breath, not energy, as is often thought. The mind and the body are connected by the breath. It is where the conscious mind meets the subconscious. Therefore, it is where the conscious mind can influence and guide otherwise hidden, unconscious bodily functions. This is why it can have such a big impact on digestive, hormonal, and neurological health. It is has been shown that the controlled breath work of qigong balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and leads to a healthier, more adaptive neurotransmitter profile.
Would your quality of life be better if you didn’t feel overwhelmed, stressed, or frustrated by events beyond your control? Would your relationships with family and friends be deeper and more meaningful if you were not emotionally triggered? Mindfulness meditation offers you a chance to directly connect to and experience a deeper, more authentic mind, that is unaffected by the comings and goings of life. This mind has always been there, hidden in plain sight. All that is needed is slow down and see it.This meditation practice has nothing to due with instant gratification, or projecting pleasant mind-states. Rather, this is practice in knowing who you are at a core level, in any given moment, and being able to respond clearly and authentically from this place.