Explore Living Healthy Naturally

Explore living healthy naturally using the best of modern science and the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Living a healthy, vigorous life should be an adventure. Come explore with us all the many enjoyable ways of living healthy naturally. Explore new dietary delights, make an adventure of healthy eating. Find new ways get the exercise you need and have fun doing it. Enjoy specific healing exercises from china. Learn to alleviate your own aches and pains with the powerful healing secrets of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Choose from many different self help techniques tested over thousands of years that can help you cure, relive and prevent many common ailments.


Barefoot Doctor Poster circa 1960's

What is a Barefoot Doctor?

A time honored tradition in Chinese Medicine, the Barefoot Doctor (chijiao yisheng) refers to ordinary people and health professionals interested in prevention rather than cures. In ancient times many barefoot doctors were from the Martial Arts as the study of traditional arts were closely linked with the practice of Chinese medicine. Many of the masters (Sifu) were also Chinese physicians who recommend health exercises based on the soft form of martial arts (T’ai Chi, Qigong) to their patients. According to the World Health Organization, China’s barefoot doctor’s were a major inspiration in the primary health care movement. These health promotion specialists lived in the community they served, focused on prevention rather than cures and were trained in basic western public heath measures combined with traditional medical practices to educate people and provide basic treatment.
Blending the best of eastern and western medicine and taught by internationally recognized experts in healthy aging, the Barefoot Doctor’s Journal offers a unique interactive online education program for those interested in staying healthy naturally.

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Behavior Change Strategies:  Modern Theory and the Tao of Medicine

The “Way” or Tao of medicine is where the patient becomes an active participant in their own healing, not just a victim of their disease. This ancient attitude toward self-healing embraces modern theories of self-efficacy and planned behavior in teaching small steps of mastery, role modeling ancient masters, social persuasion and attitudes. One review of 29 studies found that internet interventions based on the theory of planned behavior tended to have substantial effects on behavior (d+ = 0.36, 95% CI 0.15 to 0.56). Interventions that incorporated more behavior change techniques also tended to have larger effects com- pared to interventions that incorporated fewer techniques (P < .001).
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Using the Internet to Promote Health Behavior Change: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Impact of Theoretical Basis, Use of Behavior Change Techniques, and Mode of Delivery on Efficacy Thomas L Webb1; Judith Joseph2; Lucy Yardley2; Susan Michie3 1Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, UK

Barefoot Doctor's Journal

Adapting the Tao of medicine to the modern world, the Barefoot Doctor’s Journal works at the convergence of three unique strengths, providing readers with opportunities to:

1. Explore (theory= attitude, awareness, knowledge)

Explore the time tested prevention methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Get expert advice from internationally recognized experts in healthy aging.

2. Connect (theory= social modeling)

Connect with like minded people who wish to take care of their health and inspire others to do the same. Using modern communications to provide a supportive social environment to encourage healthy lifestyles.

3. Events (theory=opportunities to practice in a safe environment)

Provides opportunities to practice new skills in a safe setting by providing a resource guide to quality programs in the community.