Wednesday, 22 September 2010


Dantian, Ming Men and the Motive Force

Hara is the Japanese word for the abdomen. However the concept goes deeper. Hara also describes a particular area within the abdomen, the lower abdomen. The lower abdomen is host to a number of traditional Chinese concepts all of which can be referred to as residing in the space between and below the kidneys.
The area between and below the kidneys is said to store both pre and post natal Qi and Essence (Jing). Fire provided in the form of (pre-natal) Basic Qi and Qi drawn to the kidneys from the Lungs warms and moves the stored Essence to generate and circulate more Qi.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

The Source

The interaction of Pre and Post-Heaven Energies

In Chinese Medicine conception is the joining of the sexual essence of mother and father forming what is called Pre-natal or Pre-heaven Essence. This Pre-natal Essence combined with the mothers Essence nourishes the foetus throughout pregnancy. After birth the young infant starts to breath, eat and drink and extracts Essence from the food it ingests. This Essence extracted from food forms what is known as Post-natal or Post-heaven Essence.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Heart-Uterus Meridian

Mystery of the Heart-Uterus Meridian

While studying shiatsu, I was introduced to the Heart-Uterus. A meridian that ran from the heart to the uterus, like a thick cord down the midline, its border extending to include the Kidney meridian, and useful in the treatment of female reproductive issues. This meridian was outside the twelve main meridians and the two, of eight, extra-ordinary meridians that we focus on in Zen-Shiatsu. Unsatisfied not knowing the full extent of this meridian I recently decided to question my acupuncture colleagues at Woodland Herbs on the subject.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

What is Do-In?

Do-In is the Japanese name given to an ancient exercise practice that promotes health as well as physical, mental and spiritual development. It is an integral part of the Taoist philosophy that became Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Do-In, or Tao Yinn in Chinese, is said to have been around for 10,000 years and developed from the instinctual need to create balance in the body. It is the refinement of the natural activities of breathing, moving, pressing, rubbing and stretching into a system of exercises and techniques that create flow and harmony of the forces that influence the body.