Practitioners' News

  • Congee and the Importance of Wet, Cooked Breakfasts

    by John Stan | Feb 28, 2019
    All foods share their energetic influences when eaten. Understanding single foods and their combinations, implemented with clear diagnoses and well-founded theory forms the basis of Chinese medicine dietary therapy. Hydration is key to good health, and wet breakfasts are an often-forgotten key to good hydration. Wet breakfasts—porridges and congee—absorb a great deal of water as they cook. This fluid is gradually given up during digestion, like a time-release capsule of healthy hydration.
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  • Diet and Dampness

    by John Stan | Feb 25, 2019
    Dampness is one of the six climatic factors taught in Chinese medicine, along with cold, heat (fire), wind, summer-heat, and dryness. For many today, modern heating and air-conditioning have eased the climatic influences—unrelenting cold or oppressively humid summer heat can be escaped by going indoors. And while climatic dampness can be an important issue for those living in basement apartments or with hidden mold, more and more what we see in our culture is dampness somehow arising from the inside. Dampness - often shadowing the obesity epidemic - is on the rise.
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  • Micro Acupuncture 48

    by John Stan | Feb 22, 2019
    Approximately 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. Many of these conditions are considered untreatable by conventional medicine, often leaving patients in a hopeless situation.
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  • Year of the Brown Pig

    by John Stan | Jan 15, 2019
    February 5, 2019 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Brown Pig. This is a Yin Earth Year with the Yin Water of the Pig below. This combination is a tricky one as the Elements are in opposition. Luckily, they are in the Yin form of the elements so any skirmishes or conflicts should be minor. The combination of Earth and Water together make mud, which is why this year’s Pig is brown! This can be taken literally, meaning that there will be more mud created in the natural world, or it indicates that there may be a lack of clarity in people’s thinking. Taken even further, it may be that there will be some mud-slinging politically – a messy proposition!
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  • 2019: Make it a year of Nourishing Life (Yang Sheng)

    by John Stan | Jan 02, 2019
    As many practitioners of Acupuncture and TCM know, Yang Sheng is the practice of nourishing life. The branch of TCM knowledge called Qi Gong provides practitioners with a large number of internal and external practices that were developed over the centuries to promote physical, emotional and spiritual health.
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  • Abdominal Acupuncture - a Micro-System with Super Powers

    by John Stan | Jan 02, 2019
    Abdominal acupuncture (Fu Zhen) is a powerful new system of acupuncture which was introduced in China by its developer Prof Bo Zhi-yun in 1991. Abdominal acupuncture (AA) uses the area between Ren12 (Zhongwan) and Ren3 (Zhongji) on the vertical line and Sp15 (Daheng) as the outer most points on the horizontal lines.
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  • The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine

    by John Stan | Nov 01, 2018
    Unique in the pantheon of plant medicinal preparations, essential oils capture both the substance, yuan qi and the spirit, wei qi, of a plant. Inherent in plants in the same way that blood is inherent to the human body, oils carry the nutrients and the genetics to every corner of the plant. When we extract oils from plants and plant parts, we change both the concentration and nature of a plant’s natural oil content, yielding a compact, powerful, and previously unborn substance.
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  • Introducing Vital Qi Essential Oils

    by John Stan | Nov 01, 2018
    For years now, you have been asking us to add essential oils to the products we carry. We have taken your requests to heart and have taken the time to learn what we can about the industry and the products available so we can provide you with bioactive oils of therapeutic quality at a reasonable price. It has been no easy task, and it has taken us a long time to bring on a line of essential oils that meets the quality standards of Eastern Currents products for many good reasons. We are excited to share with you our new line of essential oils, Vital Qi.
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  • The Modality You Aren’t Using to Help Your Patients & Business, This Holiday Season

    by John Stan | Oct 29, 2018
    As the holidays roll around, it’s easy for you and your practice to get lost in the shuffle of your clients' and patients’ busy lives. Of course, there are a lot of people competing for their attention so it’s important to stand out and make them realize that you aren’t preoccupied with *getting* something from them, you’re there to give and help them. A great way to accomplish this is with EarSeeds!
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  • A Body of Qi

    by John Stan | Sep 28, 2018
    The body that is spoken about in the Chinese classical medical texts is always a living body, not a body devoid of life, a corpse, an anatomical body as an inert cadaver which is cut with the scalpel, the blade of the dissector. The body is perceived as a form in unceasing transformations, ever in motion, with all kinds of flow running inside. Nothing is still, immobile in the body at the likeness of all that exists in the cosmos.
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  • Food Formulas: The Cook as Herbalist

    by John Stan | Sep 26, 2018
    There are many Chinese medicinal herbs that double as foods, and some famous herbs are used in the specialty tradition of herbal broth cooking. But to be fully integrated with a living Chinese medicine, there is nothing more powerful than organizing your daily foods as the herbs of your life. Rather than adding medicinals to dishes or using formulas after meals, the idea is that the formulas you rely upon can be used to create recipes and meals that fully enact their strategies. Foods are your agents, based on herbal principles and a thorough knowledge of the energetics of common foods.
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  • Family Values of the 19th Century Shape KPC’s Culture Today

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2018
    At KPC Products, we recognize our success has been attributed to a unique combination of stringent practices, industry expertise, and respect for family values. Our story traces back five generations to when our ancestor, Tsai Liang Hai, sailed across the strait from Fujian province to a small village in Taiwan. Prior to his arrival in 1892, he had spent over twenty years selecting herbs and mastering the art of herbal remedy.
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  • Wildfires & Chinese Herbs

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2018
    As wildfires blanket the Western Canada and the United States, decreased air quality can be felt all across North America. The health effects of wildfire smoke exposure range from eye and respiratory tract irritation to impaired pulmonary function. As air quality worsens, patients are experiencing the effects of the smoke. Chinese herbs can be beneficial to address these issues.
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  • QIU 秋 - THE FALL

    by John Stan | Aug 28, 2018
    Qiu 秋 the fall, the autumn, shows an ear of grain (on the left) filled with fire 火 (on the right). Summer’s firing is over, the fall is here; inner time, metal time to cut the ties that bind. Autumn is two edged: on the one hand the harvest season with its mellow abundance, and on the other, the rapidly shortening days with the nip of death in the keen air. A time of evening, of rebalancing, the scales tipping in favour of the dark, the cold, the yin, the in. Central to it is the full moon mid-autumn festival zhong qiu jie 中 秋 節, held on the 15th day of the 8th month (September 8th in 2014), to celebrate the growth and power of yin, of harvest, of woman and the moon. Sunbathing is out, moon gazing is in, and moon cakes are all around!
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  • Successful Treatments for Asthma

    by John Stan | Jul 26, 2018
    You might be able to provide a complete cure for your asthma patient – a lasting cure, not just symptom relief. In my practice, I have seen people completely recover from chronic asthma, both pediatric and adult. There is no one “magic” point to fix the problem, of course. But you can learn to track the flow of channel Qi and find out where the blockage is occurring: why the First Divergence isn’t kicking in when it should.
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  • Self-Cupping for Release of the Low Back, Hip and IT Bands

    by John Stan | Jul 03, 2018
    Low back, hip and IT band issues are frequent problems practitioners deal with day-today. Many times, our patients present with tissues that have become extremely compressed and adhered. As an additional support, many practitioners have encouraged patients to do selfcare treatments with foam rollers and other compressive-type tools with some success. With the development of silicone cups, practitioners now have an entirely new set of tools for relieving pain and promoting fascial health.
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  • Pushing Health Boundaries - Part of Nature's Grand Plan of Heterostasis

    by John Stan | Jul 01, 2018
    When you have patients that are pushing long hours, or are exhausted new parents, or out of joint shift workers, or entrepreneurs that are hell bent on working 18 hr days, then remember Natures’ gift of Adaptogen herbs. I personally got tired of recommending 12 separate herbs to patients and combined all the most important plants into two products, Awake and Asleep. These new combinations are convenient and my patients were thankful not having to take so many capsules. I would recommend you try these in your practice as they are essential for healthy aging and managing those stressful times.
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  • Coconut for Pets: "Smart" Fibre & Healthy Oil

    by John Stan | Jun 25, 2018
    Coconut products have been heralded as a wonder "super food" for humans for years, but did you know that the same benefits that humans enjoy, our animal friends can also experience? Eastern Currents offers Olie Naturals Coconut Oil and Coconut Crumble, as fibre-rich and supportive coconut products that are nourishing, supportive, and safe for consumption by our favourite animal companions!
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  • Macrocosmic Medicine: An Introduction to Humming with Elephants

    by John Stan | Jun 21, 2018
    After having translated, worked with, and taught the Great Treatise to students of Chinese medicine for several years, I realized that this text deserves to stand on its own and be much more widely read and discussed than it is at present, perhaps because it is hidden within the voluminous Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor. In addition, the material covered in this text is so deep, complex, and foreign to our modern way of thinking that I have come to accept over the years that no single translation, whether into modern Chinese or any Western language, could ever do it justice, much less make the content understandable to an uninitiated reader who does not have access to the original source text and the volumes of historical commentaries and discussions in classical Chinese.
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  • The Importance of Qigong for Acupuncturists and TCM Practitioners

    by John Stan | May 28, 2018
    If you practice Acupuncture you should include Qigong in your daily routine. The classic texts of Chinese medicine often speak of the importance of the mind, intention, and spirit for the success of acupuncture treatment. Establishing a consistent Qigong practice can help focus our spirit and direct it toward improving both our health, as well as the health of our patients.
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