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Classification in language

Classification in language

by Chad Ryan

 

Classification, as the act of forming classes according to common relations, is a recurrent attribute of language syntax across different languages, with English, Chinese, and romance languages such as Italian each having adopted their own conventi…

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Chinese radicals

Chinese radicals


In the Chinese script there are many characters, however most of these characters are actually made of two or more other characters. These 部首, or radicals, have since the year 1615 been officially recognised as numbering 214 in total. Here is a list of these characters for refe…

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Chinese Pīnyīn and Zhùyīn Equivalent Sounds

Chinese Pīnyīn and Zhùyīn Equivalent Sounds

 

Chinese characters provide little indication toward how a Chinese word is pronounced in speech, as Chinese script is not a phonetic script. Two systems for transcribing Chinese Mandarin sounds on paper phonetically are pīnyīn and zhùyīn. Pīnyīn is…

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Taiwanese medicines

Taiwanese medicines


By Chad Ryan


In 2014, Taiwan's population was around about exactly the same as Australia's2. In 2020, Australia has an estimated population of 25.5 million; Taiwan, an estimated population of 23.8 million1. Immigration aside, Taiwan's population growth rate is curbed du…

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Chinese medicine motion picture links 中醫電影鏈接

The Science of Acupuncture BBC Documentary (2013) with professor Kathy Sykes of Bristol University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D53UwyJWa3w


The Barefoot Doctors of Rural China 赤脚医生合作医疗 (1975) directed by Diane Li of the United States of America, and filmed in Běijīng: https://www.youtube.co…

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The ‘Yīn-yáng’ and ‘Five Movements’ Theories, and their Application in Chinese Medicine

The ‘Yīn-yáng’ and ‘Five Movements’ Theories, and their Application in Chinese Medicine

By Chad Ryan

 

Yīn and Yáng

Yīn and yáng are the two parts of a summarisation of universal opposing aspects of phenomena. Yáng is the aspect to which notions such as above, outside, dayti…

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Le Teorie di ‘Yīn-yáng’ e ‘Cinque Movimenti’, e le loro Applicazioni nella Medicina Cinese

Le Teorie di ‘Yīn-yáng’ e ‘Cinque Movimenti’, e le loro Applicazioni nella Medicina Cinese

di Chad Ryan

 

Yīn e Yáng

Yīn e yáng sono le due parte di un compendio degli aspetti opposti universali dei fenomeni. Yáng è l’aspetto di cui sono classificate le nozioni di sopra di, …

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Decocting Chinese Herbs, Herb Doses, & Traditional Unit Conversion Rates

Decocting Chinese Herbs, Herb Doses, & Traditional Unit Conversion Rates

By Chad Ryan

Decocting Chinese Herbs

Boiling raw herbs into a decoction is a potent, easily digestible and aesthetically pleasing way to enjoy your herbal medicine. On the other hand, it takes time, and fuel; and it ta…

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Ten Sino-Vegetables & their Therapeutic Outline

Ten Sino-Vegetables & their Therapeutic Outline

By Chad Ryan

The world contains a large number of plant life and edible plant life, although only a minority of that array in existence regularly finds its way into our diets. So for those considering adding some variety to their dishes, why not …

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Evidence of Effectiveness of Acupuncture

Acupuncture had shown positive effect, of level 1 evidence with the National Health and Medical Research Council standard, for chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis pain of the knee, chronic tension-type and chronic episodic headache, the prevention of migraine, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomit…

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Characters of the Physique

Characters of the Physique - by Chad Ryan

The names of acupuncture points could be said to hold useful significance towards informing point selection when providing a treatment. So what are the characters which have so come to identify the landmarks of the physique on which they lie, and the po…

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'The Tibetan System of Medicine' - Article Based on Interview with Barry Clark

The Tibetan System of Medicine

By Chad Ryan

Tibetan medicine, “whilst for sheer scope and breadth, … globally does not really compete with Chinese medicine” (Clark, 2017), it has persisted and found its “niche” (Clark, 2017) since surviving the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1968. Today there …

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How to Remember the Order of the Circadian Rhythm of Qì

In traditional Chinese medicine, the life energy, qì, is present in all the internal organs, as it allows them to function. It also flows with a circadian rhythm that allows it to become relatively abundant in one of any of the 12 organs distinguished by Chinese medicine physiology at any given time…

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義大醫院八段錦 È-Dà Hospital Eight Pieces of Brocade

The Eight Pieces of Brocade is a series of qì gōng exercises designed to regulate the internal organs and can be used as a form of self-therapy for good health:

1.TWO HANDS LIFT TO THE SKY
To smooth the flow of qì through the triple heater, to give the entire body a boost, and to circula…

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澳洲中醫和台灣中醫的異同以及澳洲中醫的常見疾病

澳洲中醫和台灣中醫的異同以及澳洲中醫的常見疾

任賢達

順稿: 柯馨婷, 林婉容, 吳柏毅

2017

        中醫自十九世紀淘金熱潮時開始在澳洲生根,1887年的維多利亞金礦區,大部分的中國人來自廣東和福建,其中約有五十位中醫內科醫師(1),在墨爾本的小唐人街也能買到中醫藥(2);在1911年的澳洲甚至有貼著英文招牌紙的中醫藥物可以買。到了20世紀70年代初期,澳洲跟中國建立正式外交關係,中醫在澳洲逐漸蔚為潮流(1)…

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Study Trip

Earlier in this year of 2017, I traveled north to the region of the world in which Chinese medicine originated and is widely practiced in today. Three of my gracious fellow students at SSNT provided me the leads to the three hospitals which I visited, those being: È-Dà Hospital 義大醫院 in Kāohsiúng of …

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