TCM Study Guide 1

TCM Study Guide 1 - Daoisms Influence on TCM The main...

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Unformatted text preview: Daoisms Influence on TCM The main concepts of Daoism Paradoxes: there is no distinction between the good and the bad, all is cyclical and in equilibrium. One creates the other, one cannot exist without the other, and one restrains the other. This applies to every principle, and every one side has its opposite around and within it. There are 5 types of interaction between every pair of opposites, i.e. Yin and Yang: 1) Opposition 2) Interdependence 3) Mutual consumption and support 4) Inter transformation 5) Infinite subdivisibility The organism is an organic, indivisible whole. In the diagnosis and treatment of the body all ailments are characterized by three aspects: Yin, Yang and Qi. The body and its surroundings cannot be separated. The way the body is situated within its surroundings (fengshui), the weather, and lifestyle have a great effect on the bodys health. The Five Elements Theory (Wu xing) Cycle of Inter-promotion Fire Earth Metal Water Wood (Fire) Cycle of Inter-restraint Fire Metal Wood Earth Water (Fire) The elements are present in every aspect of daily life: people drink water, use fire to cook food, metal and wood for tools, and earth ensures the growing of things. Abnormal states 2 Causes for Over Restraint: one element becomes too powerful and over-restrains the one it normally restrains, or one becomes too weak and gives the element that normally restrains it the chance to over-restrain. Reverse-restraint can also occur: abnormal state where one element bullies the one that normally restrains it. Can occur if the element becomes too powerful, or if the other is too weak. The Corresponding Organs Water = Kidney (Water moistens and flows down, the kidneys regulate the metabolism of water) Fire = Heart (Fire flames up) Wood = Liver (Wood can be flexed and extended, and the liver also functions freely) Earth = Spleen (Earth nourishes, spleen nourishes and transforms food to Qi to nourish the Blood) Metal = Lung (Metal astringes and tempers, the Lung tempers the Air Qi) If any of the following elements are in excess/deficiency, the corresponding organs will exhibit the same characteristics as in the cycle, i.e. if one has deficient Wood, the Liver will be unable to restrain the Spleen (Earth) and one will have excess Spleen Qi. Herbal Medicine 4 Natures of Herbal Medicine: cold, hot, warm, cool 5 Tastes: bitter, salty, sour, sweet, pungent Pungent Herbs promote the circulation of Qi and Blood Sweet Herbs Enrich and nourish the body, regulate the function of the spleen and stomach (use if have stomach troubles) Sour Herbs Induce astringency (drying agent) and arrests any abnormal discharges, i.e. vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, chronic cough, etc....
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course YAP 99 taught by Professor Schoolforinternationaltraining during the Summer '06 term at UNC.

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