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etal_SingleOriental Medicine Journal Fall/Metal 2010

Metal is an interesting season. It is the only time of year when we see the Earth devoid of its
coverings. The leaves and grasses are mostly gone, and the snow has not yet blanketed
everything. We finally get to see our world unadorned. We can plainly see the bare dirt and stone
that are the foundation upon which we build our lives and our world. We deal with various types of
foundations this season in our Metal issue.

Richard “Kyo” Mitchell, who is on the faculty of Bastyr University, joins us again with another
fascinating exploration of a concept from Oriental Medicine. This time Mitchell discusses ying qi in
terms of biochemical reactions in the body. He explains current Western scientific research on how
photons are extracted from food and relates this to what TCM has to say about the role of the Stomach,
Spleen, Lungs, and Kidneys in the production and distribution of ying qi throughout the body.

Syros Soltanian, a family physician and acupuncturist in Iran, shares with us his clinical experience
treating hypertension with acupuncture. He suggests which hypertension patients may most
benefit from treatment with acupuncture, and he recommends a particular acupuncture point for
difficult-to-treat patients.

We revisit the subject of poisonous snake bites with an annotated bibliography of internet sources
and books compiled by Georgy Naimoli, who serves as a hiking guide in rattlesnake country.

OMJ’s former editor, Frank Yurasek, reviews Chinese Medical Qigong, a comprehensive reference
work on qi gong. It is an English translation of the only official medical qi gong textbook used in
TCM colleges and universities throughout China.

Finally, I have included my own “foundation” article, examining the role of ligaments in the body’s
adaptation to normal movement as well as to injury and to orthopedic problems and their treatment.
Prior editors of OMJ have all published in the Journal, and I am honored to follow this tradition.
Be assured, however, that any article submitted by the editorial staff of OMJ undergoes the same review
and editing process as all articles submitted to the Journal.

I am pleased to note that all of the acupuncturists who have contributed to this issue have published
previously in OMJ. We are always pleased to welcome new authors, but it is gratifying to have former
authors continue to contribute and strengthen the foundation upon which OMJ has been built.