I'm going to a traditional doctor of Oriental medicine in Chinatown in Vancouver.
He wrote my diagnosis and gave the recipe to two older women in the front
of the shop to fill. Like little elves (they were about half my height) they
opened drawers and jars of all sorts of things and weighed the items on a hand
brass scale, placing all the preparations on individual pieces of brown paper.
This magnificent botanical world blossomed for me as I watched
the women putting all the ingrediants on the organic paper.
While I was waiting for my herbs, I asked the doctor what some of the items were
and about the different items around me.
This recipe for strengthening the blood and building immunity is over 2000 years old!
These ingredients are all for the stock that I need to cook each day.
I thanked him for not including the dried geckos, watersnakes,
and seahorses in my remedy.
One can meditate on this mandala for the purpose of strengthening one's blood,
as the image carries the energetic alchemy of the ancient recipe.