Neijing Nature-Based Medicine

The Apricot Grove Podcast

The Apricot Grove Podcast2024-07-02T21:47:39-07:00


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Join us in retelling our human story through weekly conversations about Chinese medicine, nature, and creativity.

About the Hosts

Dr. Edward Neal, MD

Dr. Edward Neal, MD

For the past two decades, Dr. Neal has developed a novel approach to classical text research based on reinvestigations of basic character and text meaning and has used these techniques to reconstitute the essential meaning of these remarkable writings. As a physician educated in both Western and Chinese medicine, Dr. Neal is widely acclaimed as a global expert in early Chinese medical texts. He has special proficiency in using these ancient practices in the aid of those with complex and serious health issues. Working in this capacity, he has acted as a consultant to the World Health Organization and as a Visiting Scholar in East Asian Medicine at the University of San Diego Medical School. Dr. Neal serves as the Director and primary teacher for Neijing Nature-Based Medicine Foundations and Advanced programs, located on this website.

Mel Hopper Koppelman, DAc

Mel Hopper Koppelman integrates systems biology, Neijing medicine, developmental neurology, and pragmatic herbs based on medical first principles. She earned her MSc in Acupuncture from the Northern College of Acupuncture (UK) in 2012 and a second MSc in Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States (USA) in 2015. A reviewer for several peer-reviewed medical journals, Mel has published extensively on acupuncture research. She is a student of Ed’s and teaches at the Apricot Grove. Her blog, essays.synthesishealth.co, offers insights on various health topics and evidence-based medicine. Mel also leads a global online community dedicated to reversing complex chronic illnesses at synthesishealth.co.


Episode 1: The Original Meaning of Wu Xing (podcast)

Welcome to the Apricot Grove. What are the origins and original meanings of the concept of the Five Phases (五行 Wuxing)? What is the role of storytelling in healing? Why is breathing the essential pattern of the universe? These idea's and more are explored [...]

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Episode 2: Blood Rivers and Channels (podcast)

Join us as we delve into the story behind acupuncture channels. Discover how the Neijing describes these channels, potentially as blood vessels, and the implications for modern practice. How does the restoration of blood flow impact health? How do we begin to see the [...]

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Episode 4: The Sacred Dance of the Seasons

“We aren’t like nature, we are nature”. In this week’s episode we discuss how the Neijing describes seasonal patterns and changes in relation to our bodies’ natural patterns. What does it mean to breathe with the seasons? When we learn to live with the [...]

Episode 5: Decoding Nature with the Neijing

Join us this week as we decode nature with the Neijing. Discover what the cyclical patterns of nature have to do with global economic systems, human health, and starting a new career. At this pivotal moment in human history, let’s draw wisdom from ancient [...]

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