The reflections continues.
This fall I will be starting a program in Chinese Medicine and best quality cialis Acupuncture. I am excited to generic form of viagra'>generic form of viagra start a new adventure down the healing path, but I also have a few points of concern.
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My family is of European descent, I live in the viagra online no prescription'>viagra online no prescription USA, I grew up acculturated in Western linear, rational thought, and have been studying Western herbalism for over eight years. My roots lie here.
Chinese medicine is present around me too, but more in theory and than practice. Acupuncture needles don’t grow on pine trees, and even if I did have Chinese herbs growing around (which I do, actually), I don’t know a lot about harvesting or preparing them. How do you make ‘raw’ versus ‘cooked’ rehmannia? What herbs have to be aged? Soaked in wine? Boiled for days? How do they make those little teapills I see everywhere?
Like most (all?) medical and healing traditions, Chinese medicine has within its roots legends of how people met certain plants. But by and large, there isn’t a whole lot of green vitality present in Chinese medicine. Growing and buy canada in viagra'>buy canada in viagra gazing at plants has helped me learn and appreciate the medicine and beauty they offer. Will a lack of live plants influence my appreciation for and understanding of Chinese herbalism?
When I was taking a tour of the gardens at the school I’ll be attending, someone pointed to little plantain and asked the typical question, “what’s this one good for?”. The tour guide said, “Oh that? It’s just a weed. The seeds of super levitra a related species are the source of psyllium”. To me, plantain is one of those plants that scream green, fresh, juicy aliveness. I haven’t heard of any herbs being used fresh in Chinese medicine (I could be very wrong, though).
The process of writing this has cleared the air! I feel a lot better already…
First, as if I have grown or met every single herb that I have taken. Ha!
Point in case: right now I am loving ashwaganda. It kept coming up in books, intuition and conversation, and seemed like a good herb to try. Just because I don’t have ashwaganda plants around me doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it’s healing power nor have some sort of connection with it.
Secondly, it’s no shock that I am interested in a “global” modality. My BA is in anthropology, and I have always been seeking to learn about the levitra prescription label canadian pharmacy levitra'>canadian pharmacy levitra people and their ways of life on this planet we all call home.
And so what if my ancestors would’ve used Western herbs in their homelands? They also ate rotten cod soaked in lye and we like it viagra sales in canada drank horrendous coffee that sure isn’t native to Sweden. There’s no harm expanding the palate, of food, medicines or philosophy, especially if done so consciously and sustainably.
Another thing that just resolved itself is that I can’t try to make three and a half years studying Chinese medicine anything it is not. I am not doing this to best price for levitra'>best price for levitra learn a ton about growing herbs or Western herbalism. It’s not the point. It’s not called “Western Medicine School with a dash of epsfa.com Plant Spirit Medicine”.
Instead, let me recall all the fun reasons I have pursued this in the first place; to take pulses, look at tongues, learn the organ systems, five element theory, energetics, acupuncture (I’m a body person, of course I’d be attracted to a modality that incorporates working with my hands with a manual yet energetic form of healing), and on and on.
Most of all, I pursued this to help people. I wish to develop skills to assisting others on their healing path. This is propabranda.com just one of many ways to do so.