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The Ancients Arts of the Tao

The ancient Tao was designed as a path for self-transformation. Modern “traditional” Chinese medicine was developed on the foundation of the ancient healing art that stemmed as one of the branches of the Tao healing and metaphysical arts.

The purpose of these arts were the self-transformation and development of the human being and the preservation of the Three Treasures: Essence, Qi and Spirit.

Each of the branches was created to serve this purpose in a different and unique way. The branches operate with the same fundamental concepts about the Universe and the Human Being, they complement each other but cannot be substituted or replaced in their purpose.

The branches of the Tao healing arts are:

The arts of the Mountain, also called the Alchemy arts, are the most powerful arts developed in the Tao paradigm and they represent internal processes of self-transformation and self-healing.

More than 70% of the healing process takes place by learning, practising and mastering the arts of the Mountain. These are:

  • Nutrition therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Body work: self-massage, Qi Gong (cultivation and gathering of Qi), Tai Chi (harmonising Qi)

Medicine is the branch that was created from the arts of the Mountain to complement and assist the transformation and healing processes. Nutrition therapy created herbalism, moxibustion and aromatherapy, mindfulness contributed to the development of the science of the meridians and acupoints, while the bodywork arts created Tui Na and other forms of massage, bone-setting, cupping and gua sha.  They represent 30% of the healing arts.

In the old days, the primary mission of the physicians was to educate the people into mastering the arts of the Mountain so that people led healthy, fulfilling lives. Their secondary mission was Medicine, which was used only when people needed extra support to regain their health. 

As a teacher of future physicians, the physician would teach their students the arts of the Mountain first, before teaching them the medical arts, as the primary goal remained the same as for any other human being, that of preserving and cultivating the Three Treasures.  

To this day, a superior physician will teach people how to cultivate their own health while they are still in good health and will not wait until they get ill to treat them.

The Tao metaphysical arts were created as a link between the inner universe of the human being and the outer universe.

The art of divination created several branches, the most two important ones are: I-Ching and Qi Men Dun Jia. These arts help people find answers to their questions with the help of the deities and the universe.

The art of destiny analysis, Ba Zi, is the art that analyses people’s destiny and path from the moment of birth, and helps them discover their strong and weak points so that they can take better informed decisions in their lives.

The study of forms gave birth to face reading, palm reading, Feng Shui and the fine arts, such as painting and calligraphy. By looking for and creating harmony in the land, in the home and in ourselves, the arts of the forms teach people to operate with beauty to create balance.

All these arts are based on the same fundamental principles and concepts of Qi, Yin-Yang and the Five Elements. Practitioners of the Tao arts of healing and metaphysics will have a deep understanding of these concepts and principles related to their area of expertise.

While they find their common ground in these concepts, each branch operates differently with these concepts, and it is virtually impossible for someone to become fully versed in all the branches. That is why they work together and complement each other in their aim to guide humanity towards health, wealth and prosperity.

10 Years

10 years

Another life, literally.
Got my PhD, got promoted to Lecturer, became the LCCI Centre coordinator at the uni.
Wrote several books and a handful of research papers (28 in total)

Thought I had everything figured out. I thought I was happy and loved and safe.
Then burnout and PMDD arrived, bringing “happy” thoughts of a world that would be better off without me in it.

All I knew about UK was that the weather was horrible and the food not much better.
But this a wonderful man opened his heart and his house to me
And he told me I can be anything I want to be.
So I took a giant leap of faith and I jumped and never looked back.
I patched my cracked pot of a heart with gold from his love. And he stood by me through thick and thin and he taught me the real meaning of love

I am proud of my Transylvanian heritage and my battle scars. And my quirky accent.

I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and I’m happy with that. I tried that once and nearly killed me.

I’ve learnt that:
1. Not getting what I wanted was indeed a wonderful struck of luck
2. A kick in the butt is a step forward
3. What doesn’t kill you does make you stronger but it also gives you a sick sense of humour
4. Acupuncture is proof that getting stabbed in the back can be a very beneficial thing
5. English food is actually not that bad

Happy New Year everyone! Keep the ball rolling!

Samhain Blessings and Happy Halloween!

A few words about my friends, the bats, taken from

“Bats are a symbol of prosperity in Feng Shui. Considered an enhancer for wealth, the sound of the word for bat in Chinese, “fook” is very similar to the word for prosperity “fuk.” Contrary to the bat’s association in Western culture with monsters and darkness, bats in Chinese culture are considered very auspicious good luck charms with the ability to scare off evil or negative energies.

Bat’s highly developed sensory skills are believed to be useful in picking-up on and drawing good chi. They are known for their abilities to navigate confidently through the dark to discover the resources they need to survive and build and prosper in great colonies. It is very common to see bats decorating objects in Chinese cultures, their presence though to invite abundance and offer security.

Ancient emperors and rulers in China had bat symbols embroidered onto their silk robes and sometimes even their thrones to serve as status symbols of great wealth and income. The image of the bat would be combined with other symbols of wealth and prosperity like the dragon or crane, to offer a coveted and joyful lucky garment or object to their owners. 

From legends it is passed down that deep in the cave of the mountains of China are bats who lived for a thousand years off of their own breath and eating stalactites. From living off of their own strong energy and eating this powerful earth element they turned silvery in colour. Bats are believed to be able to share this long life and skill in harnessing resources with those they encounter.

Here are some Feng Shui cures commonly used with the bat:

  • Place the bat behind where you sit at your workplace desk. This will draw the energy of good fortune and prosperity toward you, while deterring any negative energy.
  • Bats can be displayed on the walls of many rooms of your home such as the bedroom, kitchen or library or even in your vehicle for added protection and prosperity luck.
  • Displaying the bat symbol prominently in your central hallway or next to the front door is said to boost both your prosperity luck and your success in career pursuits.
  • Hang them on the outside of your door or window as this is believed to help ward off disease and help those suffering from illness.
  • In feng shui bagua formula, place the bat in the Northwest sector of your home, the zone of mentor luck. It will help to attract a benefactor or mentor to guide you on your way to your next stage of success in life or help from powerful people in times of crisis. This is called the energy of Gui Ren or nobleman luck.

Bats are often depicted in one of several ways. Very common is the visual placement of 5 bats together or near one another to summon wu fu, the auspicious energy of the Five Blessings. These blessings are wellness, prosperity, satisfying relationships, good character and a natural death from old age. These blessings are said to be the beginning of eternal joy and enlightenment.” (

Welcome to Purple Jade Holistics

In Chinese tradition, Jade brings good fortune, protection and a long life. It is said it repels evil spirits and nightmares. It is a stone which displays the imperial qualities. Jade is a witness of our own purification and refinement as spiritual beings. It promotes longevity and inner peace. Jade is a stone of transformation, of clarification, of ascendance, of accomplishment.

Purple Jade is one of the rarest forms of jade. It is said that it alleviates emotional hurt, helps restore peace, dispels negative energies and allows us to have a joyful outlook on life.

I created Purple Jade Holistics because I believe that mental health and emotional hygiene are just as important as physical health. When we are at peace with ourselves, our lives are prosperous, luck smiles upon us and health can be restored at all levels much easier.

Understanding that I am but a mere instrument, my mission at Purple Jade Holistics is:

  • To live every day according to the principles of Chinese medicine and the other metaphysical arts to the best of my knowledge and abilities, so that I can take care of myself and become the best version of myself, for myself and others
  • To learn and deepen my knowledge of Chinese medicine and the other metaphysical arts so that I can become a more and more accomplished practitioner for myself and others
  • To make PJH a place of healing and enlightenment for everyone who seeks information and tools on how to heal and become the best version of themselves

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (Lao Tzu)

I may not be able to make the journey for you, but I can walk with you for a while.

Your humble fellow traveler,


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