Join Dr. Igor Micunovic to explore the history, healing, and combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, feng shui, food, diet, wellness and exercises, diseases prevention, spirituality, body-soul-mind transformation, natural treatments and holistic medicine.
Host Dr. Igor Micunovic, is an expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, and personal transformation. Dr Igor Micunovic is the president of Educational Committee of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies - WFCMS. Igor Micunovic finished bachelor, Ph.D, and PostDoc at Tianjin University of TCM，P.R. China.
The Great Wall of China
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The Great Wall stood as a wall of defense for many years, and It still stands today as a great wonder of the world. It is a man-made wonder, spanning thousands of kilometers. Much of it has stood for hundreds of years, with some portions over 2000 years old.
Thousands of years ago at the present territory of China existed a region of separate states, ruled by their own leaders, its own languages, cultures and currencies, permanently in war condition toward each other and neighboring areas.
Four states built fortification walls along the north of China around 700 BC. having aim to protect their territorial borders. They built side walls, circular walls and parallel walls, and in some areas, rivers or high mountains formed part of the wall.
The original walls were built of gravel and earth, packed between wooden frames, designed for defense against swords and spears. In 221 BC, Qin Shi Huang (Chinese 秦始皇) defeated the separate states of China and united them in one empire. He became the first emperor of China and the founder of Qin Dynasty (Chinese 秦朝). The north was the only open area where China could be easily invaded. Emperor Qin’s idea was to link the walls in the north to form a barrier from the invading Huns...
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Bian Que - the legendary Chinese medicine doctor
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As a rule, in the Traditional Chinese Medicine, doctor always treats the whole person, soul and body. It is, of utmost importance harmonization of internal balances of a body’s energy and personality traits, person’s eating habits, and what experiences gets during daily life.
In old China it is believed that medical ethics are directly related to supernatural capabilities such as clairvoyance. TCM doctor who obtained supernatural capabilities, will definitely lose abilities in case if his moral and ethics decline or got compromised.
In ancient China, supernatural capabilities were common to virtually all Chinese medical doctors, as great medical scientists, and were all documented in medical texts. What Chinese medicine has inherited are only those prescriptions or experiences from research. Ancient Chinese medicine was very advanced, and the extent of its progress was beyond present medical science.
Just as Modern Medicine traces its foundations to Greek and Roman doctors such as Hippocrates and Galen, Traditional Chinese Medicine also has its significant early doctors. Bian Que is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in the history and development of Chinese Medicine and the earliest known Chinese physician. Bian Que lived in about the same period as Confucius during the Spring and Autumn Period (around 552–479 BC)...
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The study of destiny
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From ancient times people were puzzled by the meaning of life, our purpose and destiny. Therefore Chinese ancestors invested much time in studying, researching and understanding the meaning of life by observing the chronology of man's destiny. During centuries ancient Chinese gained knowledge about destiny and created destiny studies (Chin. ming xue 命学) using two assessment methods: BaZi 八子 and Purple star astrological numerology (Chin. zǐ wēi dǒu shù 紫微斗數). Today we are going to learn more about BaZi.
The study of destiny (Ming Xue 命学) has the purpose to understand all aspects of human life in order to improve one’s fortune. From the very birth, we are affected and influenced by the universe and its energies. Observing for thousands of years the mutual relationship between nature and people, old Chinese found those very patterns of energies related to someone’s life destiny and coded by the time of birth, thus learning how to follow fine lines of future comings using the perfected method of BaZi. Before we go further about BaZi, we have to understand the concept of destiny studies.
Chinese believe that the universe consists of the Cosmic Trinity of Heaven, Earth and Man, distributed in equal proportion of influence.
First destiny, second luck, third feng shui – Chinese saying (Chin. yī mìng èr yùn sān fēng shui 一命，二运，三风水)...
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The story of rice and noodles - The art of food
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Rice and noodles have a great role in the Chinese diet. We can easily compare rice and noodles to potato and pasta in western cuisine. Pieces of meat and vegetables are served alongside the rice and noodles. There are many types of rice, such as sweet rice, long grain rice, short grain rice, jasmine rice, brown rice, black rice or red yeast rice. We can prepare rice in different ways, e.g. steaming rice, rice soup, fried rice, or pot rice. Rice cultivation in China started between 8,000 years ago at Kuahuqiao in Zhejiang Province. China has little water resources in the north, and historically Chinese people plant wheat instead of rice which is planted in the southern part of China. Consequently, for people in the south of China rice is the most important part of the meal, whereas Chinese from the north eat dominantly noodles. The importance of rice in China can be comprehended from the Chinese character Qi (Chin. 氣) which means essence, vital energy, spirit, and represents one of the most important symbols in China. Character 米 (Chin. mǐ) rice, represents rice grains separated by leaves and is the foundation for character Qi. For the Chinese, rice (Chin. 米饭) symbolizes a link between Heaven (Gods) and Earth (Men). Rice is the staple food for the Chinese people and a source of life for centuries with great popularity...
Wind in traditional Chinese medicine
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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that man is a reflection upon the universe, like the existence of a microcosm within the macrocosm. The term ‘climate’ in TCM, refers to agents that cause diseases.
The theory of Chinese medicine uses the names of the organs to illustrate related patterns of physical, emotional, or psychological problems.
‘Wind’ or Feng Xie (Chin. 风邪) is one of the most difficult terms to understand. Chinese medicine as a holistic medicine system considers the human body as a whole and attributes diseases as imbalances between the different elements.
TCM are not only important processes within the body but how pathological processes are manifested in response to external and environmental stimuli. TCM treatments, rather than being aimed at healing a particular symptom, focus on restoring the body’s balance. Wind is one of five climates that is manifested within the five seasons (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, and late Summer).
It produces and speeds up pathological movements in the body. Wind in TCM is considered to be the basic causative factor for many diseases. Wind is Yang in nature, and it’s associated with Spring. It penetrates the skin, and the pores through acupuncture meridians, especially through areas related to the neck and upper back.
It is often accompanied by other external factors, such as cold and damp weather. When the Wind invades, the body's defensive capabilities are weakened, making pores in the skin lose their set, letting pathogens; e.g. bacteria and viruses move in the body...
The ancient art of standing like a tree
Zhan Zhuang (Chin. 站桩) is considered to be the most powerful exercise of all the Taiji Quan (Chin. 太极拳) and qigong (Chin. 气功) postures, and is often used as a separate exercise to increase leg strength, concentration, deep breathing and qi flow.
Zhan Zhuang is very basic form of exercise, but very powerful exercise to enhance energy, mental clarity, and internal strength. It’s an excellent standing meditation for improving your productivity and bringing more aliveness to everything you do.
Zhan Zhuang means standing like a tree or standing like a post, where one stands still, in an upright posture, as if standing like a tree.
The tree metaphor is apt as your legs and torso form the trunk of the tree. Your head and limbs form the branches. And your feet, sinking and extending down beneath the ground, establish the roots. It offers many of the mental benefits of mindfulness training.
The most common Zhan Zhuang method is known as Chēng Bào (撑抱, "Tree Hugging stance”).
The idea behind standing still in static positions, for instance with our arms holding an energetic ball around our chest or other positions, is that in order to be able to hold these positions for more than a few minutes, we have to completely relax. So our body has to find harmony, and we need to use our bodies as a unit in order to be able to stand there. Then we are holding our arms in place with our dantien rather than the muscles in our arms and legs.