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Special Excerpt From the Desert

By Bob Damone In the early 1980’s, a few years before it ever occurred to me to pursue a career in Chinese herbal medicine, I became interested in “Western” herbal medicine. I read everything I could get my hands on, including “The Way of Herbs” by Michael Tierra. I immediately devoured it, and...

Jing, or Essence: A Brief Attempt at Elucidation of a Key Notion in Chinese Medicine

By Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée THE CHARACTER On the left hand side of the character for essence, jing, 精, we find the grain of rice or husked seed, 米, ready to be ground, kneaded and cooked. On the right, a green color is added, 青, qing. This is the green of young growing plants, 生, fed by rich...


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