This past weekend I had the honor and privilege to teach an Intro to Traditional Chinese Medicine, and I am so happy that we recorded it because it was chock full of incredibly helpful information for anyone committed to a healthy life. If you'd like to take the online version, it is now available here.
In the class we discussed the 5 Element theory of healing in depth, and since it is spring, I wanted to share with you some information that you may find valuable at this time.
During spring the most active element is Wood which affects the liver and gallbladder.
The color associated is green, so if you notice that color present on the face, tongue, or in the Shen (aura), it may point to a disharmony of the liver/gallbladder.
The climate associated is Wind, which is the factor that most often will injure the organ. People who are overly sensitive to fans blowing on them may have a liver/gallbladder disharmony.
Along with each organ is a portal to the outside, which is identified by a sense organ. The Liver, as seen in the chart, is responsible for the health of the eyes. Problems in the sense organs will often reflect disharmony to their corresponding internal organs.
The tissues are nourished by their corresponding organs and will again reflect disharmony in that organ. When the sinews (ligaments, tendons, and fascia) are weak it is considered a Liver deficiency.
The emotion of the Wood element is anger. Too much anger (especially unacknowledged) injures the liver. The corresponding sound is shouting.
The taste also reflects its organ, and in craving a taste may suggest an imbalance. The taste for Wood is sour. Conversely moderate amounts of sour things are actually good for the liver.
If you would like to learn more I highly suggest the Intro to Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the class you will also have an opportunity to learn about your Chinese Constitution, and what herbal supplements will help bring your body back into harmony.
With love & light,
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