The principles of the Traditional Chinese Medicine are all around us in our everyday life and our environment. They can help everyone in every life dimension: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the idea of a connection between mind, body and environment to prevent and manage diseases.
The primary feature of Chinese medicine is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order to the individual. TCM takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment.
Everyone experiences life differently. One of the fundamental teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that each individual has a unique response to a disease based on their constitution and the energy balance of their organs. Traditional Chinese Medicine explains energy balance in terms of five elements that are balanced or imbalanced in those five organs.
A person’s health results from the balance between two opposite forces which are found in all of nature’s manifestations.
They are known as Yin and Yang. Energy resources (Yin energy) of centripetal direction means moving inside of our body, and can be compared to a savings account (financial resources). Energy management (Yang energy) of centrifugal direction means moving outside of the body and can be compared to a checking account (money management).
According to Chinese medicine, the human being is ruled by three types of energy:
- Ancestral energy : which encompasses all the characteristics pertaining to our ancestors and parents
- Nourishing energy : which is the result of our nutrition and breathing. Its role and function is to nourish all of our organs.
- Adaptation energy : which both encourages and controls the mechanisms that the Human Beings utilize in order to adapt in their environment.
Yin and Yang energies are always moving. They relate through different forms and dynamics.
- Complementary dynamics : e.g male/female
- Alternating dynamics : e.g day/night
- Transforming dynamics: e.g the excess of Yang will turn into Yin, and reversely the excess of Yin will turn into Yang.
According to the principles of the Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are five seasons – Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer (the four we commonly talk about) and Late Summer.
Behind each of the seasons there is an elemental energy : Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. There are the five elements. By observing nature we can see these five energies in the world around us .
The Five Elements can be used to classify every aspect of a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The five elements generate and control each other : Water generates wood, Wood feeds fire, Fire creates earth, Earth condenses into metal ; Metal releases water, Water controls fire, Wood controls earth, Fire controls metal, Earth controls water, Metal controls wood.
Every change of season, the energies change following the law of the Five elements. One energy during each season could disturb the energetic body balance :
- Spring – Wood : Wind
- Summer – Fire : Heat
- Late Summer – Earth : Dampness
- Autumn – Metal : Dryness
- Winter – Water : Cold
Also, each element manage one emotion which could disturb the global energetic balance of the body according to the law of the five elements :
- Wood : Anger
- Fire : Joy
- Earth : Obsession
- Metal : Sadness
- Water : Fear
Each element describes a way of thinking, a lifestyle, or everyday health habit that is useful in moderation but toxic in excess. Each imbalance generates symptoms, but it also points to the kinds of changes in thinking, lifestyle, and habits that will bring health back into balance.
Moreover, each of the Five Elements is associated with one or more of our internal organs, which correspond to specific flavors and colors of food. Balancing these elements of food is a grear way to achieve optimum health and balance. If you want to have more informations about the nutrition and the Five elements you can read the article call “Nutrition” on the blog.
During an ACMOS session we do some measurements that allow us to understand the disturbances in the Yin and Yang energies.
An ACMOS session allow the body to find his/her balance with the Yin and Yang energies.
Therefore, it is recommended for the patient to do an ACMOS session at every change of season in order to prevent any further blockages in the body.