Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine as supportive therapy

Chinese Medicine as Supportive Therapy

By Robert Keller | September 10, 2022
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Patients typically come to acupuncture and Chinese medicine for one of three reasons. Either they have some condition for which there is no full resolution with conventional Western medicine and are looking for an alternative treatment; or they are seeking complementary therapy to work in conjunction with their conventional treatment; or they have preference for […]

Most People have a Compromised Digestive System

By Robert Keller | September 10, 2022
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It is my experience of 30 years of clinical practice that the majority of people I treat have a compromised digestive system. This is despite the fact that when asked in person and on my intake form, most people will report that their digestion is fine. There are two reasons for this. First, people have […]

The Chinese Medical Concept of Contraindications 

By Robert Keller | September 10, 2022
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The Chinese medical concept of indications and contraindications has no real equivalent in Western biomedicine. Pharmaceuticals are often contraindicated relative to specific conditions, such as avoiding anti-coagulants when there is risk of bleeding. However, in Western medicine there is no fundamental concept of physiology that describes a person’s overall make-up, and that includes treatments that […]

Why Even Healthy Foods Aren’t Healthy for Everyone

By Robert Keller | August 25, 2022
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Every culture has a concept of foods that are healthy and foods that are unhealthy. From early childhood, we are told that some things are good for us and some things are bad for us. And that it’s ok to eat the bad foods, just not too much and not until after we eat the […]

Pungent Flavor and the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

By Robert Keller | August 9, 2022
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The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, written approximately 2,000 years ago, describes a series of systematic correspondences that group material phenomena according to five-phases. In this correspondence the metal phase has resonance with and is connected to the Lungs and Large Intestine, the season of fall, the color of white, the flavor of pungent […]

White Ox – Chinese Herbal Formula for Balancing the Lungs

By Robert Keller | August 9, 2022
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To balance the organ systems at the changes of season, I have developed a series of herbal formulas to administer to my patients. At this time, during the seasonal node of Autumn Begins, I am recommending to patients that they utilize the formula for fall / metal element / Lung-Large Intestine which I call White […]