Fire poodles and metal siamese: Introduction to Chinese 5 element theory (Proceedings)
Why study it?
Creation cycle: Fire → earth → metal → water → wood → fireEach element is associated with a part/organ of the body. A problem with one can lead to a problem with the following element and its associated organ.
Control cycle: Fire → metal → wood → earth → water → fire
Organs associated with one element can control the organ associated with the next in the control cycle
Fire yin Heart/Pericardium yang small intestine triple heater
(Treat the heart to control lung problems. CHF but also for asthma can try heart point)
Each element/organ is associated with time of year and time of day
(fire) Heart and small intestine 11 am to 3 pm
How do we use this? e.g., vomiting daily in the morning: Stomach midday small intestine very early am Liver
Can tell us about IBD look at small intestine or Liver vs Stomach (will Pepcid work? Pumpkin? Milk thistle?)
Pure constitutional types (coupled with emotions)
• Fire: Hyper, happy, joyous (toy poodle). May have HT or small intestine probs esp in summer
Use for Prevention, especially in susceptible constitutions: herbs/diet etc to treat their weak spots before signs happen. (Can be difficult in a cat)