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Restores health and regulates the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical harmony of the body by keeping the flow of qi and forces of yin and yang in balance.


Benefits of Oriental Medicine

conducts electromagntic signals, releases endorphins, modulates and improves immunity, reduces pain and inflammation, reduces blood pressure, reduces body temperature, modifies meurotransmitters, modulates hormones

Diet therapy: for heating, eat...
for cooling, eat ...
for tonifying, eat ...
for moistening, eat ...
for drying, eat ...

(for heating, eat ) spicy foods and meat
(for cooling, eat ) watermelon and cucumber
(for tonifying, ) eat meat broths
(for moistening, eat ) asparagus and watermelon
for drying, eat ) crackers and chips

"Medicine and Food are the Same"

Neijin, the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine

Which herb is used during moxibustion?


What is one reason that you would not want to use moxibustion?

if the patient has a lot of heat you should not use moxibustion

Tui Na

in between massage and Rolphing
uses manipulation and massage

What happened between 421 and 221 BC?

Gold needles and silver needles found; Nan Jing Book of Difficult Questions: five element theory, eight extra meridians

What happened between 305 and 204 BC?

The Nei Jing, Yellow Emperor Classic of Internal Medicine: discussed anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, pathology, yin yang, syndromes, zang fu, needles and techniques

What happened in 1950?

Chairman Mao Zedong united Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine. Acupuncture was established in hospitals.

When did acupuncture become more accepted in the U.S.?

in the 1970s

Philosophy of the Dao

living in harmony with nature
striving for balance


Spirit, consciousness, soul, wisdom, will

vital substances

qi, blood, Jing (essence), Jin Ye (body fluids)


vital substance: essence

Jin Ye

vital substance: body fluids


vital force, energy (use and actualization)

What are types of Qi?

congenital, acquired (exercise and foods), reproductive, essential

What are actions of Qi?

activate, warms, defense, transforms, contains

What are disorders of Qi?

depletion (too much exercise), qi stagnation (can cause pain), counterflow (can cause belching), fall

Blood (xue)

mother of qi, moistens and nourishes organs and tissues, nourishes the shen, governed by the heart, managed by the spleen, qi moves the blood

xue disorders

depletion, blood stasis, blood heat (blood stagnation can cause blood heat - may cause acne)

Jing (Essence)

kidney essence, stored potential, reproduction and regeneration, inherited and acquired, regulates growth and development


jing-shen (essence and spirit) = vitality

Jing disorder

reflects on the kidney depletion


precious liquid (yang)
lighter weight fluids on flesh and mucus membranes: sweat, saliva, urine, breast milk


humor (yin)
thicker fluids in organs, brain and bones: synovial fluid, CSF

Jin Ye

liquid and humor
protects, nourishes, lubricates
qi moves the Jin Ye

Jin Ye disorders

depletion, swelling, phlegm

If Jing and Qi are filled, ....

Shen will be intact

If Shen is disturbed, ...

Jing and Qi will be consumed and impaired

if Jing and Qi are deficient, ...

Shen will be prone to restless

The Relationship of Mind, Body, Spirit: The Three Treasures

Jing, Qi, Shen

Eight Principles

Yin and Yang
Deficient and Excess
Cold and Hot
Interior and Exterior

Yin forces/aspects

dark, moon, water, passive, descending, female, contracting, cold, winter, interior, heavy, bone, front, interior of body

Yang forces/aspects

light, sun, fire, active, ascending, male, expanding, hot, summer, exterior, light, skin, back, exterior of body

Eight Principles: Deficient

pale, weak, thin, cold, yin

Eight Principles: Excess

robust, strong, obesity, heat, yang

Therapeutics for Deficient

tonify - gentle exercise, meat in diet, botanicals: ginseng and goji berries, warming hydrotherapy compresses

Therapeutics for Excess

purge - vigorous exercise, fruits and vegetables in the diet, botanicals: passiflora and gentian, cold hydrotherapy compresses and colonics

Eight Principles: Hot

flushed/sweaty, fever, irritability, inflammation, constipation, dry, yang

Eight Prinicples: Cold

pallor, chills, dull, cold limbs, diarrhea, clear urine, yin

Therapeutics for Hot

yin foods (fruits and vegetables), botanicals: peppermint and aloe, cold hydrotherapy compresses

Therapeutics for Cold

Yang foods (meats and garlic), botanicals: cinnamon and ginger, heating hydrotherapy compresses

Eight Principles: Exterior

superficial, affects the skin, lungs, muscles
external pathogen, acute diseases, injuries of environment

Eight Principles: Interior

deep, affecting the meridians, organ system disease, chronic diseases, injuries of lifestyle


Qi that flows between the skin surface and the internal organs, along channels or pathways

how many meridians are there?

12 major and 8 minor

Zang Yin

Lung, spleen, heart, liver, kidney, pericardium

Fu Yang

large intestine, stomach, small intestine, gall bladder, urinary bladder, San Jiao (triple burner)

Zang organs ...

produce, transform, regulate and store the four substances

Fu organs ...

break down and absorb the food that will transform into the four substances and excrete the used

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