I started Chinese Medicine Central (formerly known as Deepest Health) in 2007 as a second year student in Chinese medicine. Then, the site had one purpose, to serve as a place for me to work out what I was learning about Chinese medicine with the help of a worldwide community of readers.
Today, that purpose has expanded somewhat, but still serves as a kind of laboratory for exploring what it means to be a “superior physician” practicing Chinese medicine in the contemporary context.
More recently, my attention has turned primarily to discussions of Chinese medicine business, practice management and issues of ethics and philosophy as related to the practice of Chinese medicine in the 21st century.
That said, here in 2017, I’m currently moving into a new period of accelerated exploration and writing around several more “purely medical” topics – so you really do get a bit of everything at CMC. Ultimately, though, everything on this site is related to the concept of engaged, rooted Chinese medicine.
Engaged, Rooted Chinese Medicine
Early in my CM career, I learned about the concept of the “superior physician” (shang gong). This is an ancient model of medical expertise. I began to think about what a superior physician would embrace in contemporary life – how would they act? I decided that they would be both engaged in day-to-day life and the world around them, but also deeply rooted in their history, conceptual understanding and ethical standpoint.
Everything that’s done on this site, whether by me or one of the other authors, aims towards these ideas.
The engagement aspect addresses the whole question of education & learning, matters of technology, all topics in Chinese medicine business and practice management, and the places where Chinese medicine interacts with social, ethical and political questions.
The rooted aspect addresses the “classical” in classical Chinese medicine. I see the texts and teachers of our oldest traditions as a piece of that, but also nature, the full reality of our patients, our inner spaces accessed through meditation and other arts, and anything that informs our deep history as practitioners of an ancient medicine.
If any of this is of interest to you – you’ve come to the right place, and I’m glad you’ve joined us.
A good way to get started is by joining our Chinese Medicine Central Bulletin. Here you’ll get connected to the latest content, including upcoming courses, get access to the free CMC library, and more. Check it out by clicking this link.
Who I am
I’m Eric Grey, MS, LAc, founder and primary writer/teacher on this site. I am co-owner of Watershed Wellness in inner Southeast Portland. I’m also faculty at my alma mater, the National College of Natural Medicine, where I teach the business of Chinese medicine + Chinese herbs lab, and I also supervise clinic shifts. I love teaching, and I love Chinese medicine, so it’s a pretty good fit.
I am particularly interested in the art and science of Chinese herbalism, digging into foundational concepts in Chinese pathophysiology, and teaching people how to create a Chinese medicine practice that feels good and also helps them pay their bills. I have a background in philosophy (ethics, especially), biology, and about 10 years of experience running businesses online and offline.
If you’re a NCNM student looking for information specific to my teaching there, please click this link! If you’re not yet registered, please get in touch using the form below. If you’ve forgotten your password, there’s a password reset link on the page linked above.
I did write the story of my path to Chinese medicine in a series of posts, if you’re interested. Click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2. I’ll be editing and updating that series at some point in the future, based on questions I’m commonly asked.
How you can find CMC + me
- Chinese medicine central is on Twitter – that’s a good place to go if you want blog article updates, shared links from other sites and, especially, updates about what’s happening on the site.
- I am also found on my personal account on Twitter, which is a little more varied in its topics.
- We have a slowly growing Pinterest account – mostly showing pictures of herbs – who knows where this could go?
- I’m on Instagram more than I should be (personal account) – I sometimes share photos of my herb garden and my teaching here.
- Chinese Medicine Central has a Facebook presence – with similar content as Twitter, though less sharing of interesting links
- If you’re interested in my clinical practice, you can find me at Watershed Wellness in inner SE Portland, OR or my new clinic, Watershed Wellness in historic downtown Astoria, OR.
- And I also teach at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland. I’ve taught many courses there including Chinese herbs lab, Clinical medicine, various business and practical courses, and I was also a clinical supervisor there for a couple of years. Right now, I only teach the primary business series available exclusively to CCM students.
I’m not good at everything. I also recognize the value in community. So, over the years, I’ve invited various people to contribute to the site. Some are just one-off articles on a topic of interest. But some have really stuck – and those people become permanent contributors.
They all have pages of their own you might want to visit, from there, you can get connected to the content they’ve produced on the site!
- Brandon Brown, MSOM, LAc – teacher of the Essentials courses
- Cintain 昆游龍 – resident expert in the art and science of bodywork and acupuncture
- Jonathan Edwards – delver into the wild mystery and lately teacher about the yijing in clinical practice
- Sunjae Lee – currently residing in Korea, our beloved Renaissance man