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Traditional Chinese Medical Posters

These beautifully illustrated posters contain all the acupoints you need in order to complete your training in acupuncture, Tuina or Shiatsu. It is also an excellent focus point for your clinic to show your clients and patients the acupoints used in treatment.

Convenient and stylish 12″ x 18″ or 30cm x 45cm size poster can be purchased with link on each image.

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The twelve Heavenly Star qi-points of Ma Dan Yang, who was a famous Daoist practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, around 1140 A.D. These are his famous chosen Qi-points as recorded in his ode to 11 miraculous acupuncture points, which was published in the Jade Dragon Manual in 1329. the twelfth Qi-point LR-03 was added by Xu Feng who introduced the Eight Extraordinary Vessels.

These excellent, important and powerful points should always be considered when diagnosing and choosing your point prescription.

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The Eight Extraordinary Vessels are considered to be more ancient than the conventional meridian system and yet so simple and powerful when energised, stimulated or balanced for their related conditions. A must for every practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine.

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The Five Elements/Phases, translated from Wu Xing, is an exceptional ancient form of traditional medicine. This poster stays true to the original texts of the Wu Xing masters who used this method to treat a wide variety of conditions. It contains the Wu Xing acupoints of the 12 Zang Fu Organs and the Mother and Child acupoints (Tonification and Sedation points). Also included is the Horary Clock which is used to diagnose and treat the Patterns of Disharmony.

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The Horary point is the local acupoint to a particular meridian (i.e. wood point on a wood pathway). This local meridian acupoint becomes a horary point during the two-hour period of maximum energy for that particular meridian. Outside of that time slot, it returns to a normal acupoint. The horary acupoint become a very powerful point for body/mind/ spirit during the horary time slot. Activating the horary acupoint, we can reach the official and boost and revitalize the Qi of that element. It works similar to when a poker is used to stoke the ashes of a fire, and allow the fire to blaze.

This class of acupoint plays a major role in some techniques involving the Stems, where some points are considered closed or open depending on specific time, month or year.

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The Five Elements or Phases of Chinese Medicine have brought a rich understanding of health and especially so with Chinese Nutritional Healing. This poster helps with identifying the foods associated with each Element. It makes an ideal study aid or educational poster for the clinic reception.

Hope you like these posters and they are very helpful in your training into the most gratifying career there can be, that is helping others with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Health Benefits of Broccoli

You either love it or hate it, but Broccoli is one very powerful vegetable to assist nutritional  healing. A cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

Here are some very good reasons why broccoli should be an essential part of your diet.

Nourish Nervous System

Broccoli has a rich concentration of potassium and so helps maintain a healthy nervous system and brain function. It also encourages healthy muscle development.

Powerful antioxidant

When we look at all the cruciferous vegetables, we see broccoli is notable as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.

Blood Pressure

In addition to the rich quantity of potassium, broccoli contains enough magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.

Vitamin C

One cup of broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, an antioxidant essential for combating the effects of free radical damage. Vitamin C is also an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the most infectious conditions like the common cold.

Bone Health

Broccoli contains rich amounts of both Calcium and Vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

Skin Damage

Broccoli is helpful in rejuvenating damaged skin especially from overexposure to the sun. It contains glucoraphanin which nourishes the skin to detoxify and repair itself.

Immune System

One cup of broccoli reinforces the immune system with a hefty dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defences.

Cancer Prevention

Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.

A Healthy Weight 

Broccoli is high in fibre, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and reduces overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

Eye Health

Studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and colour vision.

Healthy Heart

The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in broccoli, may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.

Lower Cholesterol

Broccoli is a whole food that is packed with soluble fibre that draws cholesterol out of your body.


Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. Broccoli even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

Food is Medicine Too!


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Reasons to Choose Organic

Today, you can make smarter choices in the food you buy. Organically grown foods have been increasing in popularity as people are choosing to live a smarter and healthier lifestyle. Organic farmers around the world are doing their part in preserving the quality of our ecosystem and to improve our health by growing food the way nature intended. Organically grown food gives us a naturally healthy and purely delicious food that is completely free of harmful chemicals and pesticides. Most foods contain a high level of pesticides that can be more harmful that organically grown foods.

The Five Reasons

– Organic foods are free of additives and preservatives and therefore taste more delicious and pure.
– Buying organic foods helps to reduce the dependence on all the non-renewable resources.
– The organic food industry promotes healthy farmland and supports those small family owned farms that produce the organic food.
– Growing organic foods help to keep chemicals out of the water supplies and help protect the farmers and other workers from having contact with harmful chemicals and pesticides.
– Organically grown food is exceedingly safe for children because it is free from harmful pesticides.

Consider the Organic Alternative

Next time you’re shopping for groceries, think about how buying organically grown food can benefit you and your family. Think about choosing a food that was grown as nature intended, compared to one that had frequently been covered with poisonous pesticides and other chemicals. Would you buy food knowing that it had once been saturated with harmful chemicals? At one point in time, that was something you never would have thought about, but now today in the information age, people are more aware of what they are putting into their bodies. Now people are aware of how food is grown and produced and now people have a choice.

Organic Foods List

Some great organically grown foods to buy are apples, grapes (imported), nectarines, pears, peaches, red raspberries, strawberries, bell peppers, celery, potatoes and spinach. There are even many other foods coming to market as organic foods such as eggs, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, milk, juice, bread, soup, meat, nuts, pasta and many baby foods.

What Does Organic Mean?

Being organic is referring to the way the agricultural products of fibre and food are processed and grown. The ecological system heavily relies on the rich soil to produce plants strong enough to withstand diseases and other pests. Organic farming means that the use of any chemicals and toxins are prohibited and work only in favour of the earth friendly habits that work with nature. In livestock, preventative measures are taken to keep the animals productive and healthy because the use of antibiotics is forbidden. Genetically modified organisms are also strictly prohibited in the organic production.

The Three Categories

  • 100% Organic: Means the food item is made purely and 100% of organic ingredients.
  • Organic Made: Means the food item is made of at least 95% organic ingredients with the remaining 5% heavily restricted and with no genetically modified organisms.
  • Made with Organic Ingredients: The food you choose can be made with ingredients containing no lesser than 70% of organic ingredients with the remaining 30% heavily restricted and no genetically modified organisms.

USDA Standards

The USDA has set strict regulations when labelling organic foods. An organic food must contain at least 95% of organic ingredients for it to be labelled as “organic”. Any foods that have less than 70% of organic ingredients cannot make any claims on the front of the package that it is organic in any way but may list the specific organically grown ingredients on the side panel.

Price is the main deciding issue when considering foods. Eating healthier is sometimes more expensive than the chemically treated foods. Of course, as the organic food industry is steadily rising as the varieties and availabilities are increasing, the prices are becoming more competitive and more appealing. Consider the real importance of staying healthy, it shouldn’t have to cost a ton either, find a local grower or a good organic place and they will offer a competitive offer.


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Jobs Tears Whitefish Stew

Job’s tears (also called coix seed) is a popular allergy remedy in Asia that tastes like barley but does not contain gluten (a protein that may cause inflammation). Job’s tears have also been shown to suppress allergic reactions and balance the immune system. Adlay or Job’s tears -It’s sweet and cold, rich in protein, vitamins B2. It can make the skin smooth, reduce wrinkles.

Spinach and mushrooms are amazing sources of folate (vitamin B9). A folate deficiency can contribute to atherosclerosis and dementia. Medications used for rheumatoid arthritis can deplete vitamin B9 in the body, so stock up on folate-rich veggies to replenish this vital nutrient!

Garlic and onions contain powerful antioxidants that reduce free-radical damage and scar tissue on the arteries. It has also been shown to reduce homocysteine levels in the blood, a marker that indicates inflammation.

  • 2 cups (500 mL) chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 cups (2 L) vegetable stock
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Job’s tears (yi yi ren), soaked in water overnight and drained
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh ginger root
  • 14 oz (400 g) white fish (halibut, black cod, pollock)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) baby spinach or bok choy
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) lime juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped basil or cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) grey or pink sea salt (or to taste)
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped

Place onion, garlic, stock, Job’s tears, and ginger in stockpot and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

Place fish and shiitake mushrooms on top of ingredients and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

Add all remaining ingredients. Simmer for 5 minutes and then remove from heat.

Ladle into individual serving bowls and garnish with spring onion. Serve hot.

Serves 12.

Each serving contains: 151 calories; 13 g protein; 3 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 19 g total carbohydrates (4 g sugars, 2 g fibre); 359 mg sodium


Add a dash of fish oil to each bowl before serving. Make sure the soup has cooled enough to prevent damaging the omega-3 fatty acids in the fish oil.

Note: Job’s tears are found in many health food stores and Asian supermarkets.

Job’s tears are often mistakenly labelled as Chinese pearled barley in Asian markets. If you are a celiac, it is important to avoid buying in bulk due to potential contamination with gluten. Slow cooker convenience

This recipe can also be made in a slow cooker. Throw all the ingredients—except the green vegetables, herbs, and lime juice—into the slow cooker and cook for a minimum of two hours on high. Add the greens and lime juice at the end and enjoy!

My thanks to Julie Daniluk, RHN for this excellent recipe.


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Treating PMS

Lasting Relief from PMS

The scientific community are at long last thinking that premenstrual syndrome (PMS), is caused by a hormonal imbalance. Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture have been used for centuries to regulate the body, promote healing, rebalance the microbiome and restore proper balance of energy, blood, and biochemicals. Traditional Chinese Medicine is the “go to” treatment for Chinese women who know of its success, as a permanent relief from PMS and bloating.

Millions of women throughout the Western world report painful periods, cramps, and PMS that can disrupt life for 7-10 days each month. The most common symptoms include bloating, headache, acne, and irritability or severe mood swings.

There is Hope

Proper diet, exercise, medicinal herbs, Traditional Chinese Medicine and homeopathy can all be used to better regulate these hormonal fluctuations.

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we examine the flow of energy or Qi and Blood in patients as a means of recognizing imbalances that are to blame for their diseases or medical conditions. Cramping associated with the menstrual cycle or menopause is often due to the stagnation of Qi. Deficiency of either Qi or Blood in certain meridians can lead to pain, while a buildup of internal Heat or Cold can also cause these symptoms.

The Liver Qi is fundamental to the overall flow of energy through our bodies. When this Qi becomes blocked or stagnated, Blood pools in the uterus, increasing the discomfort of monthly periods. Signs of this blockage include bloating, spotting, and irritability. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, when the Liver Qi becomes stagnant, it can make menstrual flow heavy and lead to thirst, constipation, and angry mood swings. If the Qi stagnation turns to Blood stagnation, pain can become more intense and localized.

For PMS, acupuncture points should focus on the Promoting the Smooth Flow of Liver Qi. Patients may find that gentle pressure, heat, and massage can also help to relax the muscles that cramp most often before and during menstruation. The herbal formula Xiao Yao Wan (Free n’Easy) can be used in conjunction with the acupuncture to relieve the symptoms of Liver Qi blockage. Tao Hong Si Wu Tang should be used to address severe pain in the lower abdomen, as it will nourish the stagnant Blood and stimulate natural healing. Other herbs that may help include Ba Zhen Tang to tonify the Qi, Dang Gui Jian Zhong Tang to warm the Yang, and Bai Shao (Golden Time) for hot flashes.

Acupuncture, herbs and homeopathy will help to relieve pain and PMS symptoms almost immediately, but the Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment should be continued for at least three months in order to fully address the hormonal irregularities.

Dr. Frank Lipman, acupuncturist and promoter of homeopathy for pain relief, reports a growing number of female patients that come to him for PMS relief. Approximately 75% of these patients can treat their PMS successfully with acupuncture and homeopathy. The acupuncture needles release Qi blockages, and women feel clear-headed after their 45-minute treatment sessions, with less bloating, sweating, and an improved overall mood.

With the relief that Traditional Chinese Medicine has to offer for PMS and the symptoms of menopause, women can fully reclaim their physical and emotional strength.

Here are some things you could try for PMS.

  1. Get Regular Exercise: It moves the chi and blood and smooths transition.
  2. Eat Cruciferous Vegetables like Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and all their cousins contain an active compound called DIM, which helps with estrogen imbalance.
  3. Prioritizing Health Fats means olive and coconut oils, omega-3s, and the like.
  4. Take Xiao Yao Wan is herbal formula has been used for hundreds of years to treat PMS, and it’s widely available for purchase. It helps with the hormonal transition and supports the liver as it confronts estrogen. Blakeway calls it “miraculous.”
  5. Free n’Easy Homeopathic Remedies is based on this miraculous herbal formula and in addition to treat PMS, it is recommended because of its cost effectiveness to be taken long term as preventative.
  6. Troubleshoot Symptoms with Vitamins. Irritable? Take B6. Sore breasts? Try vitamin E. For bloating you want magnesium. If you’re feeling weepy, try calcium. One quick word of caution when it comes to vitamins: always make sure to take the appropriate amount. Many vitamins (e.g., B6 and E) and elements (e.g., magnesium and calcium) have a threshold above which toxicity can occur, so be careful not to take too much.
  7. Try Seed Cycling which involves taking ground pumpkin and flax seed daily during the follicular phase of your cycle until you ovulate; the theory here is that they help you metabolize estrogen, which rules this phase. After ovulation you switch to sesame and sunflower seeds. Blakeway says they have nutrient precursors to the progesterone, which dominates this phase.

Get involved with our own health and be proactive, don’t wait until they find that magic cure, it may not come. The answer may be a combination of the above.

James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.


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