Saturday, May 14, 10:45- 4:30 & Sunday May 15th, 9-2. $220
Please note the times for this class has changed on Saturday morning to allow students to participate in a special T’ai Chi class.
Participants in the course will continue their path in learning Chinese medicine by delving into the theory of 5 Elements. Like Yin/Yang theory, the 5 Elements (or Wu Hsing) are a founding principle of Chinese medicine. Each of the 5 Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood) describes the natural dynamic flow of Qi through correspondences. By understanding the 5 Elements we can use them to both prevent and treat many imbalances.
This course will cover the history of the 5 Elements and the two major flows of energy between them–Sheng and Ko Cycles. In balance, these cycles support each other, out of balance they destroy, overpower or rob from the other–translation–they create disharmony or disease. These relationships help show how organ systems interact according to Chinese medicine. We will look at the elemental natures and their correspondences including: Seasons, Yin and Yang organs, flavors, colors, emotions, constitutional patterns and vice and vice and virtue.
This is a required course for my apprentices, and is open to public and practitioners as well. Some knowledge of Chinese medicine terminology is recommended to attend this class.