The Tradition of Chinese Herbs
In ancient times, hermits and monks carefully studied the cycles of nature in China’s high mountains. Their tradition of spiritual and natural life science came to be known as Tao, which literally translated means 'the natural way.' They experimented
with the best methods for achieving balance, and their studies ultimately led them to the use of herbs. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that our bodies and spirit
have the innate ability to avert illness and heal ourselves, if given the proper nourishment.
Wood Element / Detox
It is the Liver/Gall Bladder system that maintains the smooth flow of Chi, our life-force energy. Because the nervous system is the first to develop in a fetus, Wood is also referred to the ‘Beginning of Life.’ Liver cleanses the blood and regulates
the function of the nervous system, thus fatigue is an indication that one’s Liver energy is depleted.
Fire Element / Circulation
The Heart/Small Intestine governs the Blood, and is the seat of the spirit. In old Taoist classics, the Fire Element is often referred to as the Robust Growth phase. A strong Fire Element is necessary for
proper blood circulation, for mental acuity and creativity, and for controlling
anxiety and excitability.
Earth Element / Digestion
The spleen, stomach and digestive systems are said to extract and separate the pure from the turbid. Because an efficient digestion provides the body with nourishment and causes it to mature gracefully, the Earth
Element is called the Mature Phase of life. A strong Earth Element
and helps control melancholy and worry.
Metal Element / Immunity
The Lungs and Large Intestine are said to dominate respiration and to maintain defensive Chi, or energy. The Metal Element is associated with the body’s first line of defense, the immune system. Having a strong Metal Element enables one to enjoy
and maximize our lives, thus Taoist sages have referred to the Metal Element as the
Harvest Time of life.
Water Element / Hormone Balance
Kidney/Bladder system is said to store ‘Jing’, or the essence of life. Jing is expressed as the hormonal and reproductive systems in living organisms. Our hormones function in delicate balance with each other, and
help determine the rate of aging in the body. The Water Element is considered to be the Root
of human life.