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  1. Seems to me like anyone who sets themselves up as a teacher, is a teacher. They may not be good at it, they may have zero students, they may have info that's not really worth anyone's time...but they are still trying to teach, so a teacher is what they are.
  2. The instruction I've had so far, which has led me down better paths.
  3. Making it back home safely
  4. Feel free to use this thread to 'count your blessings', or name the things that you're grateful for in your life. Maybe it would be fun to limit it to one thing per day/per post...that way we can spend every day in gratitude. That is, unless you don't like limitations. ... I'm grateful for: A warm bed.
  5. Think of the third eye as being like the pineal-pituitary-hypothalamus...they regulate everything in the body, so using the third eye is not just a head centered approach. Focusing attention in the head does create problems, though.
  6. First step: watch "The Pursuit of Happyness" on Netflix.
  7. I was basically just referring to movements that warm you up, which aren't vigorous enough to break a sweat. For example, doing gentle circles of all of the major joints. Or most movement forms of qigong.
  8. I think the usual advice is to not break a sweat with exercise in the winter...but warming the muscles often is great, like with qigong. We definitely want internal warmth in the winter.
  9. This is a common misunderstanding. Zangfu diagnosis has extensive historical roots, and nearly 2,000 years of refinement. This system wasn't something that was just pieced together by a politician...some of the greatest practitioners in China at the time mutually agreed upon the curriculum (more or less). TCM is best looked at as a clinically efficacious introduction to historical Chinese Medicine, which acts as a universal language for the various historical schools of thought. It's best used as a stepping off point into individualized study of the Classics, or other historical schools...all of which are still accessible, and which Bensky's herbs and formulas book give a first glimpse into. TCM is just fine, especially if done with a deep study of it...I say this as someone who currently learns from a purely classical lineage, who researches the Nei Jing, and has been exposed to textual and lineage sources of Daoist other words, someone who is inclined away from TCM. Those who actually know Chinese medicine history don't disparage TCM so readily.
  10. No, you really don't. Enough said!
  11. No personal offense meant, but I question how you could find Chinese Medical (herbal) information to be of merit or not, without an education in Chinese Medicine. You don't have the skills of diagnosis, the underlying theory, or the experience seeing patients, to know whether the information is beneficial or harmful. The gauge with which you could judge something is completely not there. Also, what you mention of herbalism isn't rooted in the book you say you learned it from over many years, Bensky. This stuff really does require an actual education...and hopefully no one is taking herbal advice from this forum. It's not harmful like pharmaceuticals, but it almost is that harmful. It's truthfully better to not take herbs, than it is to take them with a DIY approach.
  12. A lot of those traditional things you listed are questionable. The complete education really includes diagnosis and experience with patients, in addition to the herbal portion. It's unavoidable - only practitioners can practice effectively. DIY is harmful. Herbs are not is safe. I agree that pharmaceuticals are more harmful than herbs, in general.
  13. Taking herbs without having a complete education in that form of herbalism and diagnosis creates imbalances in the body. That's really what it boils down to. This is not medical advice, but for myself, I'd just take shen qi wan for increasing jing (which is the original version of liu wei di huang wan). That's not to say I'm advising anyone else do this...I advise people to work with a Chinese Medicine practitioner only. See the first sentence of this post again.
  14. Dang gui (angelica root)