The Secret Inner Channel of the Heart

By Robert Keller | May 21, 2023
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In acupuncture, there are 12 regular meridians; these, along with the 2 extraordinary channels known as the governing and conception vessels, are the ones most commonly depicted on acupuncture charts and models. There are, however, 73 channels in total, and include the cutaneous, musculo-skeletal, divergent, extraordinary, transverse luo, longitudinal luo, and internal channels. I will […]

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Dreams and Dao in Chinese Medicine

By Robert Keller | May 21, 2023
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To act in accord with one’s nature is called the Dao. –Psychology and Self-Cultivation in Early Taoistic Thought, by Harold Roth The highest level of healing in Chinese medicine is to make contact and act in accord with one’s nature. This article discusses the role of dreams and dream therapy in this endeavor. In my […]

Correlative Cosmology in Chinese Medicine

By Robert Keller | February 1, 2022
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Chinese cosmology is a complex and interesting subject that has practical application for each individual’s Chinese medical treatment. Basically, there are “good” or “favorable” times of the year and day for treatment, and even better times for specific treatments, depending on your constitution and condition.  This article is a brief overview of the two most […]

Cosmology versus Astrology in Chinese Medicine

By Robert Keller | February 1, 2022
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In the West, people are most familiar with the aspect of Chinese cosmology that involves the twelve animals and that is commonly referred to as astrology. For example, 2022 is the year of the Tiger.  Animal astrology is only one part of Chinese astrology, which itself is one application of the system of Stems and […]

How to Stay Well in Winter

By Robert Keller | April 23, 2020
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Things To Do This Fall-Winter (To Help You Stay Well) • Stay at home. • Get more sleep. • Slow down and stop running around. • Eat more meals at home. • Drink warm beverages and eat more soup. • Stay home if you are sick. • Practice Qi Gong. • Use herbs to strengthen […]

Authorship in Chinese Literature

By Robert Keller | October 15, 2017
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The practice of ascribing writings or teachings to mythological figures is a common Asian practice, and one worth saying something about. In my own studies of Chinese literature, I have noticed three patterns. One is the crediting of a body of knowledge to a mythological figure, which lived in some time before recorded or even […]