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Nei Jing

is the vitality that shields us from dis-ease.  

Nei Jing is a Chinese word that describes the concept that one’s resilience or capacity to resist disease is in constant interaction with environment, culture, lifestyle, genetics, diet, emotions, age, and context. It has been said that Nei Jing is the concept that taking medicines for an illness is like starting to dig a well after you are already thirsty. Of course, if you are ill it is important to get treatment. The idea of Nei Jing is to live life in such a way, to the best of our abilities, to prevent getting ill in the first place.


Nei Jing Now!

With Nei Jing Now, Dr. Jayshree Chander takes an inspired, intelligent, interdisciplinary, integrative, and international approach to prioritizing well-being. Nei Jing Now encourages us to examine our individual and collective values as they relate to our health and happiness. As all human activity impacts our health and happiness, Nei Jing Now emphasizes that one’s resilience or capacity to resist disease is in constant interaction with many factors: the environment, culture, economics, politics, history, lifestyle, community, genetics, diet, emotions, age, spirituality, and more.  Nei Jing Now is about placing and taking responsibility for the health of the individual and the planet.  Nei Jing Now takes the perspective that optimal well-being is a state requiring minimal medical services, products, interventions, medications, and supplements. Nei Jing Now includes the viewpoints of Ayurveda, Allopathy (“Western Medicine”), Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Public Health. The program demystifies medicine, empowers host resistance, cultivates resilience, and promotes primary prevention. Nei Jing Now takes health out of the box and revolutionizes mainstream thinking to prioritize health and happiness.

Jayshree Chander, MD, MPH

Jayshree is a practicing physician board certified in family and community medicine, as well as occupational and environmental medicine from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Jayshree graduated with a doctoral degree in medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a graduate degree in public health with an emphasis in environmental health from the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Chander cared for patients part-time at the Tom Waddell Clinic for the Homeless in San Francisco and has served the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide Gas Disaster in Bhopal at the Sambhavna Clinic. In her practice she witnesses firsthand the impact of our individual and collective priorities. In her former role as an assistant clinical professor (without salary) at UCSF, she was nominated “Most Inspiring Teacher” by medical students in the Foundations of Patient Care course. As a dedicated practitioner of vipassana meditation, ashiatsu, and Iyengar yoga, she has a deep appreciation for the therapeutic potential of mind-body practices. She taught yoga at the Adeline Yoga Studio in Berkeley, California, and offers ashiatsu sessions by appointment. She has traveled to India to study the principles of Ayurveda and has a solid grasp of the fundamentals of traditional Chinese medicine. Her training and experience covers all the bases: mind, body, spirit, family, community, occupation, environment, and society. And by the way, her doppelgänger is the founder of a nonprofit promoting primary prevention, Beyond Holistic, and can be found creating moving art to move you through JypsyJays Productions. A physician by profession, performing artist by obsession she is sometimes known as an AABBCCDDDD (Asian American bred (and buttered), cross-cultural, creative, dancing, drumming, Desi* doctor).

Nei Jing Now Mission Statement

  • To promote primary prevention.
  • To promote the understanding that all human activity is health related.
  • To promote the understanding that quality of life is shared by all living beings.
  • To promote the understanding of the role of host resistance and resilience in disease, health, happiness, and well-being.
  • To promote the understanding that the determinants of health include social, political, and economic factors and that the priorities within those arenas depend on power relations.
  • To promote the responsible use of integrated treatment modalities and interdisciplinary social, political, and spiritual action for enhancing health and happiness.


*Desi is a South Asian term referring to someone from your place, so someone from South Asia.