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Category: Five Elements

Summer and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Summer is here! In Chinese Medicine this is the time of year that is considered most yang. To learn more about yin and yang click here. High yang means heat, maximum activity, and moving outward with our lives and into nature. In Chicago we’re right in the middle of our ‘high yang’ summer, so I’m: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on July 10, 2017

Spring Into Action!

In Chicago we have been waiting eagerly for Spring and it has finally arrived. In Chinese Medicine, every season has an element attached to it. Spring brings us the Wood element. Wood exemplifies the active energy of Spring. Every day, just walking down the street, I see more trees beginning to bloom, hyacinths giving way to: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on May 1, 2017

Summer, Fire, Joy, and Cooling Foods

The Chinese medicine element associated with summer is, not surprisingly, fire. The fire element is special because it provides that spark which inspires love for others as well as enthusiasm for new ideas and perhaps even an adventure. Summer is the season of the year that is most yang. High yang means heat, maximum activity,: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on June 20, 2016

Anger, Spring and The Element of Wood

Classical Five Element Chinese Medicine theory says that each of the five elements has many associations, including seasons and particular emotions. The emotion related to the wood element is anger. Wood is also the element of Spring, making it appropriate to think about now. We all get angry sometimes, right? I certainly can get furious and: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on March 23, 2016

Five Element Constitutional Diagnosis

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Lonny Jarrett in person, when he visited Chicago for a workshop. For those of you who missed him last May, do not despair! He is returning, with a two weekend seminar on five element constitutional diagnosis. From Shen Ming Seminars – How lamentable is it to neglect: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on January 14, 2016

Adaptation, Spring, and the Wood Element in Chinese Medicine

Living in harmony with the seasons is one key component to health in Chinese Medicine. Our world is forever changing and, to be at our best, we must continually adapt to these changes and “go with the flow”. Therefore, as the seasons change, we must change as well. In Chicago, we have survived Chiberia and: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on April 16, 2014

The Element of Spring: Wood

The foundation of Chinese philosophy is based on the idea that human beings are a part of this universe and integral to the dynamic flow of nature just as animals and plants. For that reason, living in harmony with the seasons is a key component to health. According to Chinese Medicine, the universe is forever: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on April 30, 2011

Chinese Medicine Teaches Us That Autumn Is the Season To "Let It Go"

I was watching Thinintervention on Bravo and saw Jackie (Trainer Extraordinaire) insist that the overweight, exhausted participants run holding the amount of their excess body weight on their shoulders. It was grueling just to watch ! When they were done and finally able to drop the weight to the ground she asked how they all: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on October 15, 2010

Welcome To The Year Of The Tiger!

Another timely article from Happy Chinese New Year! By: Dr. Maoshing Ni Welcome to the year of the Tiger! Each year for close to 20 years I’ve given forecasts about the year based on the ancient Tao system of Five Elements Phase Energetic that predicts the global trends that affect each of us on: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on February 12, 2010

Water Is The Chinese Element Of Winter

As many of you already know, in TCM, different elements are connected to each season. Water is the element of winter. And, as we in Chicago know very well – winter is here! Winter is the season of stillness and rest (think hibernation), during which energy is condensed, conserved, and stored. Similarly, water is a: Read More

Posted By: tcm007 on February 7, 2010
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