Back in Sichuan (briefly), and I spent 2 days back at Emei, where I spent most of a summer 2 years ago. The hot steamy weather is just changing to Fall, and the air at the mountain (this time I was just at the foot of the mountain, near Crouching Tiger temple) was clean, and wet … Continue reading Another Visit to Emei Shan (Mt Emei) 峨眉山
Turns out it wasn't just over in the U.S. that folks made a big deal of Michael Phelps' and other athletes' cupping marks (no, not bruises). Here's a flashy sidewalk sign seen in Chengdu this fall:
Here’s a marvelous post on Western bloodletting, where the quantites sought were PINTS, not drops (i.e., acupuncture bloodletting). Plus great trivia on the etymology of barbers’ pole design!
When King Charles II suffered a sudden seizure on the morning of 2 February 1685, his personal physician had just the remedy. He quickly slashed open a vein in the king’s left arm and filled a basin with the royal blood. Over the next few days, the king was tortured by a swarm of physicians buzzing around his bedside. They gave enemas and urged him to drink various potions, including boiled spirits from a human skull. The monarch was bled a second time before he lapsed into a coma. He never awoke.
Even without his doctors’ ministrations, the king may well have succumbed to whatever ailed him, yet his final days were certainly not made any easier by the relentless bloodletting and purging. By the time of Charles II’s death, however, bloodletting was standard medical practice.
Bloodletting dates back to the Roman physician, Galen, who lived in the 2nd century…
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Another study on the use of acupuncture was recently in the news. My source story came from Reuters, titled "Acupuncture Needling Doesn't Ease Menopausal Hot Flashes", which not so surprisingly is following previous studies showing benefits. The study used a nice large-ish sample size: 327 Australian women, and offered them 10 treatments over 8 weeks … Continue reading Learning to look at research
I realize that sort of post title might give the impression that I'm some sort of sophisticated lady-about-town, but I meant a different sort of clubbing. 12 years ago, when I was first in Chengdu, Christmas wasn't much of a deal, understandably enough. Nonetheless, I'd heard of a Christmas Eve "tradition" happening in the center of … Continue reading Christmas Eve Clubbin’
More Chinglish, of a texting variety. 3Q. Say it in Chinese, where 3 = san + Q. You'll hear the phrase often said when someone brings you a tasty treat! 很 Q! Hen means "very". Said about a cute puppy.
Actually, it's been brutal in Beijing -- even leading to city shutdown. Here in Chengdu, the pollution levels (measured in the PM 2.5 spectrum) have been in the red UNHEALTHY range for several days, but on Thursday morning it briefly leaped into the purple VERY UNHEALTHY range (= "Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire … Continue reading Killer Smog!
To learn a language is to lose all the color of our idioms, descriptions and talk only in basic, boring, baby sentences.... It just rains, a lot. It's just very hot. Goodbye to cats and dogs and hell!