Acupuncture Articles

Are You Listening? Ears and the Water Element

Posted: January 30, 2016

Each of the five elements of Chinese medicine relates to at least one sensory organ. Winter's element, Water, is associated with the ears and hearing. The quality of your hearing and the health of your ears may be reflected in conditions such as tinnitus or frequent infections. These symptoms suggest a weakness in your Water element.…

Stillness & Courage in the Water Element

Posted: January 29, 2016

Winter, which goes from the middle of November to the beginning of February on the Chinese calendar, is the season of Water. The Water element has strong associations with meditation and the power of cultivating wisdom through stillness. Wisdom gives the courage to move forward when we do not want to, and the courage to…

Taking In & Letting Go: The Metal Element

Posted: October 27, 2015

The organs resonant with the Metal element are the lungs and large intestine. The qi that flows though the lungs and the meridian named after the lungs serves us on the mental and spiritual levels as well as the physical. We capitalize the spelling of Lung to encompass these non-physical dimensions of this capacity, just…

Open Your Gate of Hope: Breathe!

Posted: October 27, 2015

Entry/Exit blocks are the failure of qi to flow from one meridian, or channel, to the following channel in the circulation of qi throughout the body. Diagnosed by reading the radial pulses, Entry/Exit blocks are expressed in mental and emotional distress. One of the most common Exit/Entry blocks that I see is between the exit…

Clearing Clutter: Feng Shui & the Metal Element

Posted: October 27, 2015

Large Intestine is the yang aspect of the Metal element. While the yin aspect, Lung, takes in, Large Intestine's job is to let go, releasing what is no longer usable. Something that was once precious (food, a relationship, a book) may have lost its value after it's been digested. Or, perhaps it simply decayed and…

Eyes, Tongue, and the Heart

Posted: July 23, 2015

Pollock Heart, a painting by Missouri artist Chris McGee, exemplifies the dynamism of the Fire element. It hangs in the waiting room at our office because for me, it evokes clarity, brilliance and warmth- qualities that reflect the quality of the Fire element. The quality of your Fire can be seen in your eyes- a…

The Triple Heater Channel

Posted: July 23, 2015

The Triple Heater is the only channel, or meridian, that does not have a corresponding organ. However, one of its many functions is body temperature regulation, giving it a possible relationship to thyroid function. Traveling through the neck, shoulder, elbow and fingers, the Triple Heater channel can be very useful in improving the function of these joints.…

The Heart: Clarity, Righteousness and Leadership

Posted: July 23, 2015

As with all of the organs, within Chinese medicine, the heart is understood in relation to the spirit, mind, and emotions as well as its physical functions.  And, as with the other organs, we capitalize Heart when speaking about its non-physical functions and its associated channel and qi. The Heart is known as the Supreme…

The Season of Fire

Posted: May 19, 2015

The season of Fire begins the first week in May on the Five Element calendar. As you know, there are many kinds of fire in nature that serve different purposes. The Pericardium system (aka "Heart Protector" and "Circulation-Sex") represents the yin expression of fire and supports the cozy warmth of intimacy. Beginning in the breast, its…

3 Tips for Strengthening Your Wood Energy This Spring

Posted: April 28, 2015

1) Liberate the diaphragm muscle to allow smooth movement of breath and qi. The Liver meridian ends just below the diaphragm. Deep breathing and gentle yoga that includes twists and back bends will help release excess tension from the diaphragm. 2) Cardiovascular exercise will increase the range of motion of this important muscle. Improve your…

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