Groceries explained from a Chinese Medicine lens.
If you have had your fair share of Asian cuisine, you will most likely have tasted Daikon aka white radish before.
It is used as a side dish in Korean BBQ, an essential pickled topping in Taiwanese braised pork over rice, a pickled side dish in Japanese Bentos, a major topping for Chinese spare rib soup, etc. The list goes on forever!
Some call it mindful eating, I call it eating hygiene with a Chinese medicine twist to it.
Everybody talks about diets and about what foods you should and shouldn’t eat. Everyone has a theory. Chinese medicine has its own as well (which I will get into in a different article…soon…).
But what no one really talks about is how your eating habits are just as important.
Especially here in America where eating habits are god awful.
Poor eating habits are just as harmful as eating poorly.
I see this with a lot of patients who come in with digestive complaints…
Why you should listen to your Asian Grandma
“What works cannot be irrational.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
This article is about how I realized Chinese medicine is still around because it is “Lindy-Proof”! The fact that it has survived two-thousand plus years shows that it works (even though it cannot be “fully” explained through “science” — another article that I am working on).
It blew my mind. Reading Taleb’s work helped piece together the missing links. (If you haven’t already, I urge you to check out the newest book of his Incerto series Skin In The Game).
“Yeah. Taleb’s Skin…
In my quest to gain a better understanding of the ways of the world, I decided to revisit Richard Feynman’s teachings of physics.
For those who are unfamiliar with Feynman, he was considered one of the most brilliant teachers and physicists to have graced the planet because of his ability to explain the complicated ideas of high-level physics to “non-scientists” with minimal technical jargon.
Upon rereading Feynman’s Six Easy Pieces, I couldn’t help but see the uncanny similarities between the logic of Chinese medicine theory and theories of quantum physics!
“What is quantum physics (quantum mechanics)?
In Chinese medicine, we spend a lot of time going through the details about the flow of a period because all the small signs and symptoms tell a part of the entire health story.
When the body is stressed or in “crisis-mode” the female reproductive system is one of the first systems to be affected because it takes a lot of energy and resources to sustain.
We break down the menstrual cycle into 4 phases: menstrual, post-menstrual, ovulation, and pre-menstrual.
Here is a general guide for the 4 phases of the entire menstrual cycle from a Chinese medicine POV. …
In the past year, I fell in love with reading again.
My love for reading started out as a necessity for growing my business. It was a way to teach myself all the things that institutionalized education does not teach you about running your own lemonade stand (on a budget).
As beautiful as this love story has been…I’ve been plagued with the question:
“Great, you read a book. So What?”
All those groundbreaking ideas flashed through my mind upon reading certain passages. They came in one eye and out the other. So fast, so fleeting.
Like a goldfish, I forget…
Why observing a patient’s entire story is a MUST and what all the technology in the world can’t comprehend.
In Chinese medicine, we obsess over the importance of the initial consultation. I spend at least a good 30 minutes during the initial consultation just observing, learning, and examining the patient because that is where the body’s story uncovers.
During the exam, it is important to step inside the patient’s shoes. Let them walk you through their story. Turn off your busy practitioner’s mind and try to understand from their perspective — their discomfort. …
To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation. — The Alchemist
Everyone is born with dreams. As children, our imaginations run wild. You play games where you act out who you wish to be. You act out your dreams coming true. In a way, you know as a child, what you want in life. You understand your purpose. But it’s a purpose that can’t quite be captured with words or even pictures.
This purpose — You know without knowing. You just have feelings. You only know the direction by doing and feeling. You know what you like and don’t…
No, it’s not because of BOGO.
The kidneys are extremely important. This is a good reminder that you can survive with one kidney but not without one. Artificial kidneys are still undergoing R&D probably due to the complexity of the kidney’s manifold functions.
“When the kidneys fail, the…
As a healthcare provider, learning about the body fascinates me. I spend a lot of time reading books and memoirs written by other medical professions of all types to add to my understanding of medicine.
This article shares specifically the “interesting medicine things” — random collections of facts and perspectives — from Dr. Victoria Sweet’s newest memoir “Slow Medicine”.
About the Author: Victoria Sweet is an associate clinical professor of medicine at UCSF and a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in history and social medicine, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. …