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There are many approaches to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Five-Element approach is unique in that it includes the idea of a constitutional type. This theory can describe a specific or general state of imbalance and is based on the idea that symptoms tend to occur in clearly recognizable and repeatable patterns. Once one is able to establish what tendencies an individual is prone to it can be very helpful in determining the current state of imbalance and in developing a therapeutic regimen. Once a constitutional type is recognized one can also recommend certain dietary and lifestyle choices to support health.
The Five Elements are Water, Fire, Wood, Metal and Earth. Each element has a connection to specific organs and meridians in the body and has an interaction with the other elements through the Sheng, or generating, cycle and the Ko, or controlling, cycle. In TCM the organs connected with Water are the Kidney/Bladder; with Fire, the Heart/Small Intestine/Pericardium/Triple Heater; with Wood, the Liver/Gallbladder; with Metal, the Lung/Large Intestine and with Earth, the Spleen/Stomach.
The Yin/Yang or Zang/Fu TCM organs have expanded functions over what Western medicine considers. When the TCM function is being considered, the word will begin with a capital letter. When the Western meaning is considered, the first letter will be lower case.
Each element has an extensive set of relationships like sound, emotion, climate, season, color, sense organ and body tissue. It is these relationships that allow the constitutional types to be recognized.
For more indepth information order a copy of The Five Element E-book by Dr. Madalyn Ward which includes a report on flower essences.
Between Heaven and Earth;
Harriet Beinfield, L. Ac., Efam Korngold, L. Ac., O.M.D.
Terrains and Pathology in Acupuncture;
Ives Requena, M.D.
Japanese Classical Acupuncture: Introduction to Meridian Therapy;
Energetics of Food;
The Tao of Nutrition;
Maoshing Ni, Ph.D., C.A., Cathy cNease, B.S., M.H.
Healing With Whole Foods;
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society 1997 course notes
IVAS 2001 course notes
About the Author
Madalyn Ward, DVM, owns Bear Creek Veterinary Clinic in Austin, Texas. She is certified in Veterinary Homeopathy and Equine Osteopathy. Memberships include American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinay Medical Association and the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. She has authored several books and publishes the monthly newsletter, “Holistic Horsekeeping.”
Madalyn Ward DVM
13944 FM 32
Fischer, TX 78623
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