Foundation Theory and Eight Principles

In this DVD set Lesley Tierra, acupuncturist, herbalist, and co-founder of the East West School of Planetary Herbology teaches about Chinese Foundation Theory and the eight principles of Chinese medicine.

Topics covered include the eight principles which are made up of four pairs of opposites: Yin and Yang, Hot and Cold, Full and Empty (or Deficiency and Excess), and Interior and Exterior. Other topics include chi, blood, fluids, essence, shen, dryness and dampness.

In this clip from the DVD Lesley discusses chi. Listen in:

Time: 2hr 45min

Cost: $35

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"Drugs are a poor substitute for plants. They may be helpful for short-term or acute conditions, but their long-term action often depletes the primary life-force because of their inorganic nature. I believe that the reliance on chemical medicine contributes to a culture that is destroying our innate love of nature. Herbal medicine, therefore, relates to larger spiritual and political issues. If we do not reestablish our connection with the universe and natural healing, we may not be likely to survive as a species. We must replace our present medicines of death with those of life. Our concern as herbalists is not merely technical or medical, but planetary and humanistic."

Michael Tierra from "Planetary Herbology"

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