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.


Herbal Podcast

Lately, I’ve been doing an herbal podcast, that puts together a classical chinese viewpoint of how herbs were categorized and used back way back when. I’ve attempted to show how the Ancient Chinese, arranged nature in a Holistic viewpoint. By using the Chinese Zodiac, the Ancient Chinese were able to figure out when were the most profitable times to tend to their agricultural needs.


I have been going through my old notes, and trying really hard to find a center from which to pinpoint myself coming out of. I tried to get a philosophical sense from where I was, really find a core from which I could say my medicine was rooted in. I remembered going back to where I was slightly before graduation, and stirring the ideas that were in my mind. At the time, I really considered myself a five phase practitioner, and was into finding all the nuances of it.
However, at the time I also came across, the great, one and only Dr. Tan, who would change my perspective completely around. I have just looked him up again, and am so proud to have someone who can condense 3 years of acupuncture in weekend seminars. Everyone who is an acupuncturist should look him up.

Kicking a start

This seems harder to do since there is a lot of things on my mind that I want to get started in putting this together. At first to start things off, a discussion of five phase theory would be the best place to start. Really, I do not know any other way of going around at it. Five phase theory simply puts together Traditional Chinese Medicine on an empirical level where eventually other theories eventually derive themselves and develop. Five phase theory, it itself consolidates other vast works that are also contemporary- Meridian therapy, Worseley, and others. As this eventually evolves an understanding of the elements and the roles they play with in TCM physiology and the medicine should make themselves known.