The Five Elements in Chinese Philosophy


Five Elements

The yin and yang philosophy was further refined into the system of the five elements to gain a deeper understanding of how the body, mind and spirit work and acupuncture.

The microcosm of the body is linked to the universe and is affected by the daily and seasonal cycles of nature. (Think about the seasonal affective disorder which manifests itself in winter or when the light is not sufficient). The individual and the world are changing all the time. But Chinese believe that these changes are occurring in certain order and in cycles. (We can think about these like our economic cycles or agricultural cycles. A period of growth is always followed by a period of stagnation or unemployment. In the stock market, a bull market is always followed by a bear market etc.) In the same way, a seed planted in spring blooms in summer, seeds itself in late summer to autumn, dies in winter, and a new seed grows again in spring. It is part of a never-ending cycle and each phase has its role to play in maintaining the balance of nature. The same process of change occurs within the body. Cells grow and die to make way for new cells, and body systems depend upon each other in a similar way to the seasons, working together to ensure the balanced functioning of the body, mind and spirit and the healthy flow of life through the whole person. Read more of this post


What is Electro-Meridian Imaging?

According to the company website, Electro-Meridian Imaging, or EMI, measures the 24 meridian points on the body and automatically enters, graphs, and analyzes those points to help diagnose and treat the patient. Below is a screenshot of an EMI graph.


We utilize the EMI technology here at our office prior to some acupuncture sessions to fully asses the energy flow throughout the body. Follow-up EMI analyses demonstrate how levels are corrected through acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments.


Meridian Organ Clock Links

Our post on the Organ Clock, or Horary Points, continues to be our most-visited post! Since there seems to be so much interest in this topic, here is a list of links, all related to the organ clock. Please leave your comments, suggestions for other sites about the organ clock, or suggestions for future posts!

Acupressure for Daylight Savings Time and Jet Lag

7 keys to understanding the Classical Chinese Medicine concept of organs

Horary Clock

Learning how to keep life in balance

The Time of Our Lives

The Ying Qi Cycle

Understanding the Horary Cycle of Healing

Horary Clock / 24 Hour Clock


The Meridian Organ Clock

The Chinese Acupuncture “Meridian Clock” is an example of a 24-hour cycle which portrays the body’s complete functions as well as its relationship with diet. There are 12 meridians, each taking the lead for two hours during the 24-hour period. Each of the 12 meridians has a dual flow, a coming and a going, marking 24 cycles per day.

The clock delineates which meridian system is activated and dominant at a specific time. Since these cycles happen automatically, we do not have to be preoccupied with them. However, if we know of these cycles, then we can make better decisions when it is generally best to eat, exercise and sleep.

Organ Clock
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5-7 a.m. — Large Intestine — Drinking water triggers bowel evacuation making room for the new day’s nutritional intake. Removes toxins from the night’s cleansing.

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