Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Basics

 

Qi is energy. 

Yin & Yang - The 2 Polarities, which are opposite yet complimentary.

Yin Yang
   
shady side of the street sunny side of the street
tails heads
receptive active
night day
3/4 time 4/4 time
cold hot
even numbers odd numbers
earth heaven
winter summer
bass melody
moon sun

Melody Notes in the Bass & Bass Notes in the Melody can be considered Musical Seeds

 

The 5 Elements - Water, Wood, Fire, Earth & Metal - along with Yin & Yang, form the basis of TCM's diagnostics and treatment plans. Emotions, music notes & colors and more are represented by the 5 Elements:

Water Wood Fire Earth Metal
         
Blue/Black Green Red Yellow White/Gray
Fear Anger Joy Pensive Grief
A E G C D
Cold Wind Heat Damp Dry
Salty Sour Bitter Sweet Pungent
North East South Center West

 

Earth Metal Wood Fire Water
C D E G A

 

Creation Cycle (Mother/Child) -
Water creates Wood. Wood creates Fire. Fire creates Earth.
Earth creates Metal. Metal creates Water.

Control Cycle (Restraining Cycle) -
Water controls Fire. Fire controls Metal. Metal controls Wood.
Wood controls Earth. Earth controls Water.

 

Twelve Ordinary Meridians/Organs

Deep Organs Hollow Organs
Yin Yang
   
Heart Small Intestine
Kidney/Adrenal Urinary Bladder
Pericardium Triple Heater
Liver Gall Bladder
Lung Large Intestine
Spleen/Pancreas Stomach

 

Horary Cycle - Within a 24 hour period Qi moves through the entire energetic system.

 

Yin

Heart

11AM - 1PM

Yang

Small Intestine

1PM - 3PM

Yang

Urinary Bladder

3PM - 5PM

Yin

Kidney

5PM - 7PM

Yin

Pericardium

7PM - 9PM

Yang

Triple Heater

9PM - 11PM

Yang

Gall Bladder

11PM - 1AM

Yin

Liver

1AM -3AM

Yin

Lung

3AM - 5AM

Yang

Large Intestine

5AM -7AM

Yang

Stomach

7AM - 9AM

Yin

Spleen

9AM - 11AM

 

Command (Transporting, Shu) Points are the Five Element Points
within each of the 12 Meridians. The Points are sequential, meaning that with each succeeding point the channel gets larger and deeper. The beginning points are dynamic and more easily influenced by climate and external pathogens. The initial point can vacillate between yin & yang. This point, called the Well Point, begins with Wood for the Yin Meridians and Metal for the Yang Meridians. The remaining points are in creation cycle sequence.
 

Transporting Points

Well
Point

Spring
Point

Stream
Point

River
Point

Sea
Point

           
Yin
Meridians
Wood Fire Earth Metal Water
Yang Meridians Metal Water Wood Fire Earth

   

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