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    I wonder if your practitioner has access to a...

    I wonder if your practitioner has access to a more experienced practitioner (or just a peer) who may be able to consult. It is a requirement of our ethics that if we are not able to help someone we...
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    The Way of the Superior Herbalist

    I am truly impressed by the article in Acupuncture Today by Ron Teeguarden: ‘Be the Light: The way of the Superior Herbalist’. I do not want the following criticisms to detract from the central...
  3. Poll: I may be misunderstanding the previous postings....

    I may be misunderstanding the previous postings. I have known MDs who have studied Chinese Medicine who have confirmed that to some extent they have a greater challenge, because they have to unlearn...
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    Doc; I agree with you regarding Unschuld's lack...

    Doc; I agree with you regarding Unschuld's lack of an understanding of the medicine as a working practice - I can give some notable examples of this. However, Unschuld is a sinologist. He has a Ph.D....
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    This might be considered mostly theoretical...

    This might be considered mostly theoretical rather than clinical. I believe that there is value to this, in gaining a greater depth of understanding of the doctrines of Chinese medicine, and how they...
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    Igor: I try not to disrespect your formal...

    Igor: I try not to disrespect your formal education and qualifications - believe me I am old school in that regard - which I why I try to ask questions rather than challenge. I continue to be puzzled...
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    I am not quite sure how the subject of point...

    I am not quite sure how the subject of point location came up in regard to the first of this thread. I would see two aspects of accuracy in point location. The first is being in the right ball-park....
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    Doc; I don't dispute any of your statements. -...

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    I don't dispute any of your statements. - Particularly the contextual aspect - which I suggest you do not quite emphasize enough - even the sentence of passage is not context enough. I would...
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    Kyle; I would have liked to have heard the answer...

    Kyle; I would have liked to have heard the answer to your questions. Although Doc seems to express sophisticated technical ideas in sophisticated language, he appears to be making a major error....
  10. Poll: I am a great fan of modern science but I do...

    I am a great fan of modern science but I do believe that it has limits and blind spots - most notably I would recommend 'The Human Factor' (1946) by Roger Williams for an explanation of the major...
  11. On the whole it is important for our profession...

    On the whole it is important for our profession to have one voice. In the US our main professional association split for some years for reasons that I have a great deal of sympathy with, and a few...
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    I liked Wang's Applied Channel Theory in general....

    I liked Wang's Applied Channel Theory in general. The weakest point I found in the ideas presented was the association of external conditions with the six channels. I apply my golden rule 'where the...
  13. Translators often seem to translate 'cou li' as...

    Translators often seem to translate 'cou li' as 'pores' I am glad that others recognize that this is an inadequate translation. Interstitials is my preferred term - for now. I agree that we need to...
  14. Poll: Due to language I am not always sure that I have...

    Due to language I am not always sure that I have understood the intent of the writer so I refrain from addressing my responses personally. So just comments that come to mind that may or may not agree...
  15. Poll: Afterthought: If one teaches a patient to needle...

    Afterthought: If one teaches a patient to needle themselves. Are they they not likely to consider needling a family member or friend. After all if the practitioner has given me the message that I can...
  16. Poll: Teaching patients to needle themselves is I...

    Teaching patients to needle themselves is I believe highly undesirable and in 35 years I have never come accross this. In most jurisdictions that have regulation the practice of acupuncture by anyone...
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    I believe that one should consider the phone book...

    I believe that one should consider the phone book and Yellow Pages as places people go to find you - they are sources of information. As such they are effective, but perhaps less so when many people...
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    I believe that the further clarifications have...

    I believe that the further clarifications have settled my own concerns. My own initial observations generally include how the person appears before I greet them - before they are aware of being...
  19. I take your point. Indeed I could not comment on...

    I take your point. Indeed I could not comment on the case details because discussion of this perspective (i.e. progression of disease) was not included in the article. My point exactly is that it...
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    Speaking from a Five Element perspective (at least) it is not possible for a person to be ill and the pulse OK. Our ability to read the pulse may be limited, but all illness appears in the pulse...
  21. The Chinese character 形 has the equivical meaning...

    The Chinese character 形 has the equivical meaning of form or appearance - I think we have to see these two ideas as connected rather than argue for one meaning over another.
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    Thank you for the link. A very important article....

    Thank you for the link. A very important article. I think that if Roosevelt was alive today he might have said 'military-industrial-pharmaceutical' complex.
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    I would reinforce the idea that such ideas as...

    I would reinforce the idea that such ideas as cholesterol are not a part of Chinese traditional diagnosis. And the cholesterol theory is now increasingly losing ground. Inflamation is becoming a more...
  24. The only specific example I am aware of in the...

    The only specific example I am aware of in the Classics of stages of recovery ('regression') of disease is in relation to injury by cold. In Chapter 31 of the Su Wen (the basis of the Shang Han Lun)...
  25. There is no doubt that herbal medicine is...

    There is no doubt that herbal medicine is considered like pharmaceuticals to have side effects. Many of my clients find it hard to tolerate Chinese herbal formulas in the strengths recomended in...
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