Botanical Terms

Achene—a small, dry fruit that contains one loose seed and that does not split open spontaneously Acuminate—tapering gradually to a point at the apex Acute—coming sharply to a point at the apex Alternate—arranged singly at different points along a stem or axis Annual—completing the cycle from seed to death in one year of season Apex—the […]

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Tendancy Action Direction

Tendency of action Ascending / lifting — rise Descending / lowering — fall Floating — disperse Sinking — astringe inward and drain urine and stool These actions are: related to the four qi and five tastes: acrid, sweet, warm and hot pertain to ascending and floating sour, bitter, salty, astringent, cold and cool pertain to […]

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Chapter 64 Guarding the minute

其安易持,其未兆易謀。其脆易泮,其微易散。為之於未有,治之於未亂。合抱之木, 生於毫末;九層之臺,起於累土;千里之行,始於足下。為者敗之,執者失之。是以聖人無為故無敗;無執故無失。民之從事,常於幾成而敗之。慎終如始,則無敗 事,是以聖人欲不欲,不貴難得之貨;學不學,復衆人之所過,以輔萬物之自然,而不敢為。 1. That which is at rest is easily kept hold of; before a thing has given indications of its presence, it is easy to take measures against it; that which is brittle is easily broken; that which is very small is easily dispersed. Action should be taken before a thing has made […]

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Chapter 74 Restraining delusion

民不畏死,奈何以死懼之?若使民常畏死,而為奇者,吾得執而殺之,孰敢?常有司殺者殺。夫司殺者,是大匠斲,夫代大匠斲者,希有不傷其手矣。 1. The people do not fear death; to what purpose is it to (try to) frighten them with death? If the people were always in awe of death, and I could always seize those who do wrong, and put them to death, who would dare to do wrong? 2. There is always One who […]

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Jīn – 金 – Metal

Dominates Qi and controls respirationRegulates the water passagesDominates skin and hair, Wei Qi, Body fluids, Food essenceOpens into the nosePaired with: Large IntestineReceives waste material from Small IntestineAbsorbs fluids and excretes feces Metal (Chinese: 金; pinyin: jīn), the fourth phase of the Chinese philosophy of Wu Xing, is the decline of the matter, or the […]

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5E quiz

Wu Xing – Five Phase Basics 1. The Mother of Water is mother of Wood Wood is mother of Fire Fire is mother of Earth Earth is mother of Metal Metal is mother of Water Water is mother of=Wood Wood is mother of=Fire Fire is mother of=Earth Earth is mother of=Metal Metal is mother of=Water […]

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Chapter 69 The use of the mysterious (Dao)

用兵有言:吾不敢為主,而為客;不敢進寸,而退尺。是謂行無行;攘無臂;扔無敵;執無兵。禍莫大於輕敵,輕敵幾喪吾寶。故抗兵相加,哀者勝矣。 1. A master of the art of war has said, ‘I do not dare to be the host (to commence the war); I prefer to be the guest (to act on the defensive). I do not dare to advance an inch; I prefer to retire a foot.’ This is called marshaling the ranks where […]

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Herb Prefixes = Preparation

Pin Yin Preperation Example Xian – fresh, juicy xian lu gen, xian huo xiang Sheng – raw, uncooked sheng gan cao, sheng di huang Chao – toasted, dry fried chao bai zhu, chao mai ya Zhi – honey fried zhi gan cao, zhi huang qi Zhi – steamed Zhi da huang, zhi shou wu Jiao […]

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