Beginner’s Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine

  |   EP35   |   70 mins.

Beginner's Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) | Dr. Jonathan Stuart Interview

More perspective leads to more options. This is true whether you’re solving a nagging health issue or trying to take your performance to the next level. Our ancestors had answers to many ailments that leave modern medicine dumbfounded.

Before Ayurveda, I discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). So I brought on a guest to distill the system for beginners.

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Episode highlights

TCM is another perspective to examine health issues through, sometimes providing answers that Western medicine cannot Share on XYin & Yang is the easiest part of TCM to learn, but full of nuances Share on X

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About Dr. Jonathan Stuart

Dr. Jonathan Stuart is a Board Certified Acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed under the Texas Medical Board. He has both a Masters and a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He’s trained in the US and China. He currently has a private practice in Houston, TX, and lectures at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Growing up in an Asian household, from a young age, Jonathan was exposed to Chinese Medicine and its theory from his grandmother. She would recommend foods and herbs for other family members to take and give lifestyle advice. What really interested him in Chinese medicine though was its philosophical view not just on medicine, but on life in general and how by understanding the nature of Yin and Yang we can better navigate through this life and find the right lifestyle that fits the individual. This has played a big role in shaping the way he has practiced Chinese medicine and how he approaches his own patients and their issues.

Top things you’ll learn from Dr. Stuart

  • Fasting for longevity, productivity and more
    • The zen of cooking while fasting
  • The overlap between ancient medical systems
  • Working with Eastern vs Western medicine (in the USA)
    • How he works with patients
  • Fundamentals of TCM
    • Yin & Yang are the two opposite poles of life
    • Role of the seasons
    • Excess vs deficiency
    • What is Chi
    • Five elements form the basis of this system
    • Components that make up your “constitution”
    • Energetic meridians
  • The world of Chi
    • Organs have their own Chi
  • Some of the organs and their predominant elements
    • Liver – wood
    • Heart – fire
    • Spleen – earth
    • Lungs – metal
    • Kidneys – water
  • Nick likely had some liver chi stagnation and a little heat
    • Focus on stillness and breathing
    • Berberine to cool fire
  • The constitution that should avoid berberine
  • Why practitioners still use blood letting & cupping successfully
  • How acupuncture works
  • The power of supplemental adaptogens
  • Treating and curing disease with flavor

Resources mentioned

  • Supplement: Rambling Powder for stress
  • Supplement: Huang Lian Powder
  • Supplement: Berberine
  • Book: Meridian Trains
  • Book: The Web That Has No Weaver
  • Book: Treatise on Cold Diseases and Miscellaneous Diseases

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Nick Urban is a Biohacker, Data Scientist, Athlete, Founder of Outliyr, and the Host of the Mind Body Peak Performance Podcast. He is a Certified CHEK Practitioner, a Personal Trainer, and a Performance Health Coach. Nick is driven by curiosity which has led him to study ancient medical systems (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hermetic Principles, German New Medicine, etc), and modern science.

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Music by Luke Hall

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