One question always leads to another

By Matthew Fellows

One question always leads to another   When discussing acupuncture, the question that I probably encounter most often is, ‘Can acupuncture treat [insert problem here]?’ This is usually swiftly followed by, ‘So what point do you use for that then?’ In general people are aware that acupuncture can treat bad backs, headaches and tennis elbows …

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Fei – The Lungs

By Matthew Fellows

Fei – The Lungs   Next up in our tour of the Chinese internal organ system comes the Lungs. This October issue is the ideal time to discuss the Lungs, as autumn is well upon us and all things in nature are energetically contracting and moving back inwards. The Lungs are connected to the metal …

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“Everything you have been taught is wrong…”

By Matthew Fellows

“Everything you have been taught is wrong…” These words were the very first words my A’ level physics teacher said, as we began our first lesson at College. She continued, once she had grabbed our attention…. ”Well maybe not entirely wrong but certainly not entirely right either, and definitely not the whole picture”. It was …

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The Kidneys

By Matthew Fellows

  So our tour of the Chinese internal organ system brings us neatly to the Kidneys. The Kidneys are part of the Water element and as such are associated with the cold, winter and all things damn right miserable! As always though, we are looking beyond just the physical organ of the kidney and into …

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Vent your Spleen?

By Matthew Fellows

It was thought in Medieval European medicine that the spleen was a seat of ‘ill-humour and melancholy’. Therefore to vent ones’ spleen was to release anger and negativity that were building up in the body. This is not entirely different to the Chinese medical version of the Spleen, although the emotion usually associated with it …

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Acupuncture: ‘So how does it work then?’

By Matthew Fellows

  Acupuncture: ‘So how does it work then?’   Well I could easily take up every page of this Oracle and I still wouldn’t have begun to answer this question properly, but in good Daoist tradition I shall give it a go. In short the answer is that it depends on who you ask. If …

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From the One comes the Two

By Matthew Fellows

“From the one comes two, Two produces three, From the three emerges the myriad things” Lao Tzu Dao De Jing   So continuing on from last months’ exploration into the world of Daoism, Chinese medicine and the separation Yin and Yang, we move from the ‘two’ to the ‘three’. To recap, the Great indescribable Oneness, …

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The Heart – The Emperor

By Matthew Fellows

Xin -The Emperor     Continuing on from last month’s introduction to the Zang Fu organ system, over the next few months I will begin to look a little deeper at the major organs, beginning as all things should, with the Heart. In Chinese Medicine, Xin, or the Heart is known as the Emperor and …

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Acupuncture and Pain

By Matthew Fellows

“Where there is free flow, there is no pain” Chinese proverb   Pain is something we all can agree on. It hurts. Although it is probably true to say that no two pains are ever alike. The Western definition of pain is usually described as something along the lines of ‘a highly unpleasant physical sensation …

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The Zang Fu and the Wu Xing

By Matthew Fellows

The Zang Fu and the Wu Xing   So, last month I tried to explain how acupuncture can treat pain, this month I will attempt to explain how it can treat everything else. In 500 words. Good luck with that I hear you say! The dictionary definition of health is ‘to be free of illness …

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