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Posted on: Long Distance Relationships
October 17, 2015, 03:47 PM

Thanks Gwilym!  That did the trick! 

Posted on: Long Distance Relationships
October 13, 2015, 06:38 PM

Not sure if others are having this problem, but when I enlarge the video to full screen the subtitles disappear.  Also, the CC icon disappears too. 

Posted on: Long Distance Relationships
October 13, 2015, 06:25 PM

That is great!!! Thanks so much!

Any possibility of having transcriptions of "non-video" podcasts? 

It would be great to be able to download the transcriptions as a PDF as well, so we can practice reading it on the run.

Posted on: Long Distance Relationships
October 08, 2015, 05:25 PM

I think what could make this format even better would be the inclusion of Chinese subtitles for Constance and Fiona's conversation, just like every Chinese TV show or movie. It would help us analyze their conversation on a deeper level.

Posted on: 羊年行大运
February 19, 2015, 05:03 PM

I agree!! I am finally checking back in on CPOD these days because of the new Advanced lessons. I almost lost hope...

Posted on: Preparing Traditional Chinese Medicine
July 24, 2014, 06:33 PM

Thanks for your link Eran!  I am loving it.  Keep up the good work.  - jay

Posted on: Preparing Traditional Chinese Medicine
July 21, 2014, 04:44 PM

I have also been practicing for nearly 12 years.  I completed my graduate studies in TCM in California.  I have also been undergoing additional training in China for the past 8 years.  I have a practice in the U.S. and return to China every 1-2 years for further studies.  My practice has been extremely successful.  I have a complete herbal pharmacy as well as practice acupuncture, tui na, cupping, gua sha, etc.  I have seen this medicine do amazing things in the clinic! 

I now practice in my home state of Iowa.  The culture here is very skeptical,but at the same time open to, foreign concepts.  I am treating patients who have no understanding of Chinese culture and traditional medicines.  However, they are willing to try because western medicine often does not have any treatment options for their chronic illnesses.

I spend a lot of my day explaining this medicine and how it works to the people of my community.  What I find with those who are not trained in Chinese medicine is that it is very difficult for them to grasp the deeper concepts and understandings of how this medicine works.  Everyone is applying a "modern, western scientific mind" to concepts that predate that way of thinking.  Just as if you were to go back in time and tell the famous Chinese doctors of the 2nd century about atoms, molecules, bacteria and diseases that you cannot see, they might think you were crazy! 

It is nearly impossible to apply our modern concepts of disease to the concepts of Chinese medicine.  It is like comparing baseball and golf.  Both are sports but with completely different terms and ideas.  When you read an article about how Yin and Yang work it may seem over simplified, or vague and confusing.  However, when a doctor of TCM views how Yin and Yang work within each patient and within the world they live, it is extremely informative, expansive  and guides the direction of the treament principles. 

There are a ton of Chinese medical journals that are published every month. I would suggest if you want to read the research that is being done you must go to the source.  Almost all major Chinese medicinal universities publish a monthly medical journal with research into all aspects of Chinese medicine, from traditional clinical treamtents with acupuncture and herbal medicine to modern pharmocological research of active constituents of herbal perparations in the treatment of many diseases, such as cancer, paralysis, diabetes, skin disorders, gynecology, internal medicine, etc.

Here is a link to a website with Chinese medical journals:  You can search for specific criteria, such as: 中医治癌症研究,中医皮肤科,etc.

The western model of research aims to have reproducable results that apply to all subjects.  In Chinese medicine, this is not how we practice.  Never would you apply the same treatment across many different patients.  You would be considered a horrible practitioner, or maybe just a lazy one.  Each person is diagnosed separately and treated with indvidualized treatments.  This goes against the founding principles of western pharmocological medicine.  

If you want to learn how (and if ) Chinese medicine works then you must leave your "modern, western mind" behind and learn to think like an ancient doctor would.  Using the knowledge and concepts they possessed.  The reason this medicine is successfully being practiced all over the world (i.e. middle of farm country in the U.S.) is because the foundations and principles are still applicable today.  A well-trained practitioner knows exactly what they are doing as far as using herbal prescriptions and acupuncture and why it works.  They just don't use the same terminology or concepts that the western medical community does.

Here is a link to some articles that I have translated.  If you wish to learn more I would be happy to share more information.  This subject is extremely large and without an education in the foundations of the medicine it can seem very strange and out dated.  But with a deeper understanding of how the principles of this medicine are applied you will begin to see the genius nature of the founding practioners.

Posted on: 弃婴安全岛
May 07, 2014, 07:50 PM

It would be GREAT!! if you all could color code the lesson PDF.  It would make it so much easier to read.  Maybe red for characters, black for pinyin, and blue for English??  Thanks!

Posted on: 延迟退休
September 05, 2013, 05:04 PM

What a great lesson!  I can't believe no one has posted yet...must be the end of summer blues!

Posted on: Hypnosis Therapy
July 16, 2012, 04:41 PM

Acupuncture has been successfully used on animals for years. I don't think they have any "culturally induced expectations" or are prone to experience a placebo effect.

Of course you know the term "Chinese medicine" merely defines the methods of practice and does not define the physiology of its patients.