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UNDERSTANDING the Chinese Five Elements

My understanding of the Chinese five elements comes from local acupuncturists Ian Florian, Andy Prescott and Lori Fendell and from Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold, Acupuncture Energetics by Joe Helms and Nourishing Destiny by Lonny Jarrett.  Clinical application of these principles is illustrated in my July 2013 Let Magic Happen newsletter Physician Acupuncture at Duke. A general approach that you can use for your own health issues is summarized in the 9 minute video below.

Excerpted from the Appendix of Let Magic Happen.
3. The Chinese Five Elements - clinical chart

The steps are as follows:
1) Consider the cyclic progression in nature, with water growing into wood, burned by fire and falls to earth as ash, out of which comes metal that dissolves back into water.
2) Pick your favorite season of the year, from winter to spring to summer to fall, which is split into the two distinct seasons of harvest and autumn.
3) Pick your favorite color for clothes or decorating, from black/dark blue to green to red to yellow to white.
4) Categorize any organ illnesses according to water (kidney/bladder), wood (liver/gall bladder), fire (heart/small intestine), earth (spleen/stomach), and metal (lung/large intestine).
5) Pick your favorite time of day, the hours when you are most productive, from night to morning to noon to afternoon to evening.
6) Pick your favorite flavor, from salty to sour (citrus) to bitter (dark chocolate) to sweet (milk chocolate) to spicy (ginger).
7) Categorize your baseline psychological state/pathological exaggeration, from willful/fearful to anxious/angry to joyful/manic to introspective/worried to melancholy/depressive.
8) Categorize your role/skill on a team, from philosopher/imagination to pioneer/initiative to wizard/communication to peacemaker/negotiation to alchemist/decisive.

(6) Comments

Posted by katherine Veit
Aug 07  at  12:55 PM

I want to try this, as I have had a leaky bladder for over 15 yrs…have tried several things, no results

Posted by Wes
Aug 13  at  08:38 PM

I like your site…also I have heard about trying to understand the meaning of an illness.  I have been studying Reiki myself for illness I have experienced and as others probably have looked to alternative methods to treat it.


Posted by Larry Burk
Aug 13  at  11:02 PM

Louise Hay says that incontinence is about “Emotional overflow. Years of controlling the emotions.” I don’t have any experience treating it, but I assume it may have a symbolic meaning. Please contact me directly through the website with any further specific questions.
Let magic happen,

Posted by Larry Burk
Aug 13  at  11:04 PM

As noted in Chapter 9, our main benefactor for the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine is a Reiki Master. I have just done the Level 1 introductory training.
Let magic happen,

Posted by Attic Dr
Sep 04  at  09:43 PM

hello Larry Burk like this post so much.your all 8 tips are so amazing.
thanks for sharing

Posted by drsachdev
Sep 10  at  07:45 AM

As an Acupuncturist my self I’ve found the video extremely interesting and insightful…


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