Apricot Grove Philosophy

Nature is our greatest teacher and the source of all that we have and experience in our lives. In all of our actions, we strive to follow the elegant patterns of nature’s design, learning from wisdom gathered from both ancient and modern sources.


Our mission is to train highly knowledgeable Chinese medicine professionals, based on an in-depth study of the principles of nature and the original writings of the field, to bring new possibilities to both Chinese and Western medicine.


Nature is the greatest teacher and is the source of all that we experience and know. In all that we do, we follow the elegant and graceful patterns of nature’s design, learning from knowledge acquired from both ancient and modern sources to support human thriving.

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate and train highly competent Chinese medicine professionals through a comprehensive study of nature and the original writings of Chinese medicine.

About the Neijing Nature-Based Medicine Training Series, with Dr. EdwArd Neal

Learning at the Apricot Grove

Welcome to the school of Neijing Nature–Based Medicine (NNBM). Join us as we retell the story of Chinese medicine from the ground up, based on an in-depth investigation of its original sources.

Based on over two decades of research, teaching, and clinical practice, Dr. Edward Neal has created an in-depth clinical mentorship program designed to provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to rebuild their clinical practice from the ground up, based on the original principles and techniques of the Huangdi Neijing, the original medical text of Chinese medicine.

Join us as we delve into the rich story of Chinese medicine through a comprehensive study of its original writings.
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New Content | July 2023

Reading the Seasonal River Tides

Join Dr. Edward Neal for “Shop Talk”

In the initial descriptions of Chinese medicine set down in the Huangdi Neijing, acupuncture was described as a traditional form of ecological surgery. Its primary aim was to restore the natural watersheds of the body by regulating the flow of the blood circulating through these regions. These writings compare the vascular rivers of the body to rivers in nature, understanding them to be formed by the same basic forces and patterns of nature. Similar to rivers in nature, the flow qualities of the vascular rivers display different seasonal variations or ‘tides’. We assess these seasonal tides in the pulse qualities of the major blood vessels of the body. This allows us to synchronize the bodies of our patients with the seasonal patterns of nature. (23 mins)

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“When we pitch and roll about in our anxieties and depression, endlessly looking into our screens, fighting with each other, and decrying our human fate, we are participating in the old ways we are trying to evolve away from—the very ways that stifle and oppress us. Each moment spent not telling the love poem of our planet is wasted time, a lost moment. Start telling this new story of the world now.”

Dr. Edward Neal