One of the major systems of thought within Chinese Medicine, are the 5 Elements. Based on the five elements of nature: fire, earth, metal, water and wood, 5 Element Acupuncture has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a method of diagnosis and treatment for over 2000 years. It is believed the five elements represent our controlling and creative energies. Ideally, all five of these elements should be in balance.
The theory is that we develop symptoms or diseases when these elements become unbalanced. Treatment involves transferring energy from one element to another, creating balance again. Classical 5 Element Acupuncture can be a very effective system to use in conjunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
How Five Element Acupuncture Works
Acupuncturists begins assessing the patient’s condition by evaluating sense organs, tissue, colour, taste and emotion. This will enable the acupuncturist to determine the particular element an individual represents and to formulate a personalized treatment plan.
As far as nature allows, this ancient Five Phase system aids the mind, body and soul in healing itself. Rather than merely sweeping symptoms under the rug. 5 Element Acupuncture deals with the underlying causes of a disease, aiming to prevent recurrence in the future. Acupuncture deals with your condition by restoring the overall balance of your energy. In this way, it may also be used as a preventive measure.
The world around us is governed by the same universal force that governs our mind, body and soul. The same cycles of change manifested in the seasons of the year influence us. The ways in which the elements and their associated components interact is explained by the cycles within the Five Element theory.
The five elements work closely together and have their own set of characteristics. The following is a chart illustrating these characteristics:
Being unbalanced would mean having too much or too little of one element. The tastes represent the food you either crave the most and also the food you should eat for that season. For example, if you are wood, you may crave a lot of sour foods but also means that it’s a good idea to eat more sour and green foods in this season, such as green apples.
Here are some examples of foods that are recommend for each element and most beneficial to eat during the season of the colours.
Consuming food that is red in colour is good for your heart, small intestine, and brain.
Foods that fall into this category include carrots, tomato, sweet potato, strawberry, chili, red beans, red pepper, jujube, goji berry, dragon fruit, apple, brown sugar, and anything else that is a shade of red.
If you consume green-coloured food, it’s good for your liver, gallbladder, eyes, muscle, and joints.
The list of green foods could be endless. Some of the main ingredients used in Chinese food include mung bean, Chinese leeks, wasabi, and all the green vegetables and fruits.
Yellow/Earth/Spleen Food/late summer or between seasons
According to this theory, yellow food is good for your digestive system and spleen.
Again, yellow is a common colour in food. You can eat things like sweet or baby corn, yellow sweet potato, taro, oats, pumpkin, butternut squash, yellow pepper, soybeans, egg yolk, bean curd, ginger, orange, star fruit, lemon, pineapple, papaya, peanut, walnut, honey, and more.
White/Metal/Lung Food/ Fall
If you eat white-coloured food, it is supposed to benefit your lungs, large intestine, nose and respiratory system, and skin.
Common white foods include rice and noodles, both of which are staples in Chinese cuisine. The list also includes lotus seed, daikon, onion, garlic, bitter melon, winter melon, broccoli, bamboo shoots, white wood ear, milk, tofu, soymilk, Asian pear, banana, almond, white sesame, rock sugar, and more.
Black and blue foods are reportedly good for your kidneys, bones, ears, and reproductive organs.
Look for ingredients like wood ear, seaweed, shiitake mushrooms eggplant, black beans, raisins, blueberry, black berries, black grapes, black sesame, black vinegar, tea, sweet bean sauce and more.
Nicole Stallard~ R.Ac. D.Ac.
To book call 902-407-3347
Are you inspired to add Chinese Herbs to your life, but struggling to integrate them into your daily routine? That is the predicament that launched Dao Labs as a company. With the rise of acupuncture being accepted by Western Medicine, more patients were interested in Chinese Herbs. These herbs were often in pill form - needing to be taken multiple times a day, in large quantities. They found that the modern Westerner needs something more accessible for their busy schedule, thus Dao Labs came to be.
Here are 3 Ways to Easily Incorporate Chinese Herbs into your Daily Routine:
1. Pack & Plan.
When you are busy throughout the day, the easiest way to proactively add herbs to your schedule is to pack them in the morning. This is why they package the products in individual packets, for on-the-go support. Do you often feel bloated from sitting at work all day? Leave a pile of Digestive Harmony at your desk. Do you get fatigued mid-day? Add Emotional Balance to your lunch as a pick-me-up.
Timing is everything.
An easy way to make sure a new habit sticks to your routine is by repetitive timing. Start your day with Emotional Balance, track your period with this free calendar and ensure that you take the Women’s Kit at the same time every month. Using our product regularly also helps with their effectiveness!
2. Work with your TCM Practitioner.
If you have a specific issue that you’re hoping to work on, Not only will we make sure you take the appropriate dosage and formulas, they can help you expand your TCM routine with these other holistic healing practices. Always check what traditional formulas our products are based on to connect your practitioner's recommendation to our products. For example, the Emotional Balance formula can be used as an alternative if your practitioner recommends you to take “Free & Easy Wanderer.”
3. Let the Herbs Come to You.
The hardest part about adding something to your day-to-day schedule is simply remembering that it’s a part of your routine! We take the managing out of it, Dao labs also has a subscription plan. Never worry about breaking the cycle and forgetting your herbs.
Once I tried these herbs I was hooked. I took them for months before offering them to anyone because I need to really believe in something first before I can recommend it to others.
You just mix these with water, stir and drink.
It may be just me, but I find having to take health supplements or herbs much better in a drinkable format. My Son is even drinking them.
The customer service and support for the acupuncture community is amazing.
There is something for everyone.
Sleep issues, menopause, anxiety, PMS, joint issues, fertility, digestion issues and allergies, there is something for everyone.
All of the products contain natural herbs with no artificial flavours or GMOs. All formulas are packaged and tested in the USA to ensure quality and safety.
For more information please come in a book an appointment!
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I look forward to seeing you!
Nicole Stallard~ R.Ac. D.Ac.
To book call 902-407-3347
With the number of sunny days increasing, our skin is at risk for the aging effects that come along with the harsh rays of the sun. Nicole has a few easy tips that go a long way in maintaining the health (& beauty) of your skin.
Facial Rejuvenation or "Cosmetic" Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to effectively improve skin tone, elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve complexion without any harsh chemicals. It has also shown to be effective in treating other skin concerns such as: dry skin, acne & scars, rosacea, changes in complexion and eczema.
Tiny, hair-fine acupuncture needles are placed to stimulate the flow of energy and nutrient-rich blood to the face and body. This process allows your body to rid of old skin cells and boost collagen production. We’ve been told by clients that this all-natural goodness regime also reduces tension in the whole body and is a very relaxing experience.
Typically only 6-12 sessions are needed for facial acupuncture, however we’ll tailor specifically to your needs.
We also carry a line of Bend Skin Care products at the clinic, which some clients have used in conjunction with facial acupuncture for some serious skin rejuvenation.
As with any skin care regime, Nicole suggests preventative care as well. This includes staying hydrated and following a high antioxidant (more vegetables than fruit) diet. Take advantage of our wonderful local markets and low prices of organic produce! Take caution when the suns rays are high, use shade, a hat and a good, non-toxic sun screen. Nicole trusts products from Green Beaver, Badger and Live Clean. Try looking for ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide. Carrot seed and raspberry seed are great, but only provide a limited amount of SPF and may not combat both UVA and UVB rays.
Ready for your best summer skin yet?
For educational purposes only, this does not replace an individual client appointment and is not medical advice.