UNDERSTANDING TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM can be a complicated new world to understand if you are unfamiliar with the history or terminology. Here are some brief descriptions to help you better understand our formulations and the inspiration behind them.
WHAT IS QI?
Material energy or life force, fundamental concept of Chinese medicine as the vital aspect of life energy.
Yin and Yang represent unified duality, both necessary to understand the whole. This concept helps us appreciate that within our bodies, no symptom is seperate from the whole, a key understanding for staying healthy and preventing disease.
YIN Night, Inward, Rest, Moon, Female
YANG Day, Outward, Action, Sun, Male
BALANCE A state of homeostasis, stable equilibrium between interdependent elements explained through yin and yang, maintained by physiological processes of the body
THE 5 ORGANS
THE LIVER SYSTEM
Regulates the qi movement throughout the body
Function: The Liver stores sufficient blood, boosts the digestive functions of the Spleen, nourishes the eyes from blood stored in the Liver and ensures proper movement of tendons preventing symptoms like spasms, numbness of limbs and difficulty bending or stretching
THE SPLEEN SYSTEM
Role: Assists with digestion, governs blood flow and fluid metabolism in the body
Function: Transform food into essence used for qi and blood transformation. Our spleen’s health is reflected in lips, mouth and movement of the limbs and muscles
THE LUNG SYSTEM
Role: Regulars qi movement necessary for blood circulation, fluid metabolism, the autonomic nervous system and the immune system
Function: Controls the circulation of qi and blood to moisten skin and body hair. When these functions are weakened, skin and hair become dull, rough and dry.
THE HEART SYSTEM
Role: Regulates the cardiovascular system while maintaining the nervous system’s functions. Qi from a health heart maintains an efficient blood flow in the blood vessels.
Function: The heart stores the “spirit”, an individual’s vitality. This ensures optimum mental, cognitive and intellectual abilities.
THE KIDNEY SYSTEM
Role: Regulates the urinary system, controls the reproductive and nervous systems.
Function: the kidney stores ‘Jing’, an essential substance for bone growth, closely associated with life. Dental problems, hair loss, immature hair greying, hearing problems and urinary tract disorders are all signs of disharmony in the kidney system.
(From https://www.euyansang.com/en_US/understanding-basic-tcm-terms/eystcmoverview2.html )