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November brings Winter and The Pig

October and The Dog

This month is paired with the Dog.

Bian and Hua 變化

These two terms are used varyingly in Chinese Medicine. They both signify change, change in pathology, or transition of the state of the body. They are not however used interchangeably. Bian, according to Wiseman, defines it as a major transmutation. Used in the Shan han lun, Bian zheng, it states a conversion of pattern from polar shift of state. Through improper use and diagnosis, a repletion can change to a depletion due to an inappropriate treatment. An outward change is shown, in a symptomatic systemic change in the body. For example an excessive fire needle treatment to a cold damage, can cause an excess, with palpitations and oppression in the chest where there was a deficiency. It is also used in transmutational patterns from one of the six levels to another.

Hua on the other hand, is an internal essential change. It is usually used in processes of the body. In describing the ripening of food in the digestive tract, Hua, is the change from a food particular to a nutrient. It is the process of change from ingested water to urine. It is the change of an external influence into an internal manifestation. Such as in the introduction of an external invasion, that stagnates the body’s qi, that qi in turn may transform into heat, fever, and the like.

Bian tends to be associated with form (xing) and hua with matter (zhi). When a snowman melts, the form changes (bian) as the snow melts, hua, to water.”  In chinese medicine one would use herbs or points that would help transform, Hua, a phase of the body, such as heat, water, or wind into another phase, where as bian would be more of a systemic outward change in pattern of the body, or state of health.


September and the Hen

Following Summer’s Decline

Tiao and Du 调,度

Zhang Yanhua’s book, Transforming Emotions with Chinese Medicine, is a genuine mesh of anthropological, contemporary analytic, and Chinese Scholarship. It examines how Chinese Medicine has change over the past 100 years in modernisation. It examines how in this brief period, compared to the history of the medicine, it has struggled in its legitimacy against western bio-medicine. In comparison, He uses Tiao and Du, as valuable tools for a Practitioner in achieving results.


Tiao, attunement, is a gauge where health is a negotiation between the Practitioner and the Patient. Tiao is the patient’s sense as where his health is an where it is going. For the Practitioner, it is the constant assessment of the patient’s state at any particular time, whether it is measured by pulse, tongue, examination, and relation. The Practitioner does his best to understand from where the patient is coming from, and this leads us to Du- position or degree. Du, tells us everything about the patient, whether, his circumstances are created or caused by environmental, accidental, emotional, or other particulars. It is the intensity and the severity of the said illness, or discomfort. The Practitioner, does his best to ameliorate, abate, or strengthen from the position that as most efficacious. Clinically different methods could be used, but most importantly is the one of connection. Though, the Practitioner is not a therapist or psycho-analyst, He/She must do what is necessary to relate and extract the most salient information from the patient so as to create the best situation for healing. This is a very insightful book, since it give a glimpse into what Chinese Medicine can be at these crossroads in time

Transforming Emotion with Chinese Medicine.

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