The Five Phases

Five Element or Five Phase Theory is something which many people are increasingly familiar with, whether they have a background in Chinese Medicine or not. It sometimes goes by the Wuxing (“Five Phase” in Chinese), and dates back to approximately 200 BC. The five phases are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. The phases areContinue reading “The Five Phases”

Jing: The Substance of Vitality

Jing – it’s what you’re made of. CAUTION: Includes explicit topics related to reproductive health. In Chinese physiology, there is a substance that each of us possesses called jing – it’s often translated into English as “essence” or “vitality”. Jing is said to be stored in the kidneys and is believed to decline with age. InContinue reading “Jing: The Substance of Vitality”

Yin and Yang (and Their Imbalances)

Most of Chinese Medical theory can be distilled down to the dualistic concept of yin and yang. For example, the notion that any condition falls into the category of excess or deficient, or that it can present itself as hot or cold (Yang excess or Yang deficient), or dry or damp (Yin deficient or YinContinue reading “Yin and Yang (and Their Imbalances)”

Qi and Blood (and Their Imbalances)

Chinese Medicine is both a physiological and an energetic medicine. We deal primarily with what we call bodily substances. These are Qi, Blood, Yin, And Yang. Bodily substances can take more of an energetic form – as in Qi or Yang – or they can take a denser form – as in the case ofContinue reading “Qi and Blood (and Their Imbalances)”

What is Qigong?

Qigong is a form of energetic exercise that arises from an ancient Chinese tradition of martial arts and meditative movement practices. Qigong is actually a modern term that originated in the mid 20th century to describe the enormous variety of Chinese energetic exercises that had developed over the past several millenia. Taichi (or taiji chuan)Continue reading “What is Qigong?”

What is Qi?

This is one of the most important topics on this website. Qi (also written chi) is a complex Chinese term that has a number of meanings. It is most often translated as “breath” or “energy“, but can also refer to the weather, the mood of a certain day, things having to do with air, oxygen,Continue reading “What is Qi?”

Three Treasures – Jing, Qi, & Shen

In Oriental Medicine (OM), the body is composed of three major parts – jing, qi, and shen. These are referred to as the Three Treasures (sanbao). Jing is most often translated as essence or vitality. Jing is your genetic integrity and the ability of your cells to replicate. It is described as the blueprint yourContinue reading “Three Treasures – Jing, Qi, & Shen”

“Isn’t acupuncture just for pain?”

Oriental Medicine (OM), sometimes referred to as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) or simply Chinese Medicine, is often equated with the use of acupuncture needles for the relief of stress and for treating pain. While acupuncture excels at mitigated stress levels and alleviating both chronic and acute pain, acupuncturists do so much more. Oriental Medicine isContinue reading ““Isn’t acupuncture just for pain?””

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