Treating Common Ailments With Acupuncture : Five Elements of Chinese Medicine

December 19, 2019

SARAH HAUER: Hi. I’m Sarah Hauer. SIG HAUER:
And I’m Sig Hauer and we’re professional practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. SARAH HAUER:
We’re here on behalf of Expert Village. SIG HAUER: And welcome to our video. SARAH HAUER:
The Five-Element Theory looks at the emotions as corresponding to your organs. So the five
elements are the five elements that occur in nature which are fire, earth, metal, water,
and wood, and organs correspond to those elements and emotions correspond to those organs. There
are many correspondences in this framework of diagnostics, but just to give you an idea
of how emotions are a part of health in Chinese medicine, I’d like to show you the five-element
correspondences of the emotions to the organs. For example, the lungs, the emotion associated
with the lungs is grief, so if you come in and you have a continuing problem with bronchitis
or pneumonia or emphysema, we are definitely going to pay attention to the emotional dimension
of that. And the wood element, which corresponds to the liver, is one of the organs the emotion
associated is anger. And in Chinese medicine the wood element is very important in keeping
things moving. The liver is responsible for the free and easy flow of chi throughout the
body. So when chi gets stuck, it becomes stagnant and one of the–a common diagnosis in Chinese
medicine is liver chi stagnation, and liver chi stagnation can be very uncomfortable.
It can cover a wide degree of conditions, but in regard to the emotional aspect, anger
can create a stagnation of chi and create a blockage and create a lot of other problems
down the road. So, by moving the liver chi, simply by moving the liver chi, it helps people
deal with repressed anger, with anger that is existing. People who, after their acupuncture
treatment, can report having a–some of the things people have shared with me is that
they feel an overall sense of well-being, but some people have described it as a “heavenly
experience.” And I think part of that is because, finally the stuck Chi is moving freely throughout
the body, and that emotional weight, that emotional stagnation is no longer there. Now,
this is something that we–you know, it’s not a magic bullet, it’s not something that
happens one time, and you’re never going to be angry again. Wouldn’t that be lovely? But
with continuing acupuncture treatment, if you do have emotional problems with anger
or other emotions like anxiety and depression, with continued acupuncture support and herbal
support as well, we can keep those channels open, we can keep that Chi moving, and your
body will begin to learn a new pattern of responding to situations and you will begin
to let go easier, and you will be supported in the psychological work you may be doing
with the therapist or on your own.

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