HERBS; Medicinal, Magical & Metaphysical

The study of herbs could take many lifetimes and there are a lot of sub categories and "herbal adjacent" things to study besides how they heal physically. As with life itself, the physical, mental and spiritual can all be healed and enhanced using herbs and there are a wide variety of ways, from teas and tinctures to Rootwork in the Hoodoo or in the Gypsy tradition and even to the use of entheogens, to explore. This zone is meant to be open to ALL of those avenues of study and discussion. DISCLAIMER None of the information presented here is meant to replace medical treatment. Only use herbs as medicine if you know what you are doing, not if you just THINK you know what you’re doing, if you’re wrong there can be negative side effects. Improper use of herbs, just as improper use of prescription drugs, can harm or kill. Remember, natural doesn't always mean safe. Cross reference at least three reliable sources of information before taking an herb. Be sure about dosage and longevity...
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TCM: Traditional Chinese Medicine

    SoulFish
    by
    TCM: Traditional Chinese Medicine

    For several years I studied TCM and it was one of the most insightful things I ever did. I graduated from the school I attended feeling empowered with a knowledge of how to better understand my own physical body as well as my emotions. TCM impacted me in a profound way and still does. I had already been studying Herbalism for many years prior to taking on TCM and the two went together beautifully. Of course I began categorizing my Western herbs according to the Eastern style I had learned in school.

    Five Elements Theory

    The Five Elements theory positions metal, wood, water, fire, and earth, as the basic elements of the material world. These five elements are in constant movement and change. As well, the complex connections between material objects are explained via the interactions and mutual restraints that regulate these elements. In traditional Chinese medicine the Five Elements theory is used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body and the natural environment.

    The Five Element theory is based on the observation of the natural cycles and relationships in both our environment and within ourselves. The foundation of the theory focuses in the communication between each element to a variety of phenomena. Common correspondences are provided in the following chart:

    This chart is from here

     

    WOOD

    FIRE

    EARTH

    METAL

    WATER

    PLANET

    Jupiter

    Mars

    Saturn

    Venus

    Mercury

    DIRECTION

    East

    South

    Center

    West

    North

    SEASON

    Spring

    Summer

    Indian Summer

    Autumn

    Winter

    COLOR

    Blue Green

    Red

    Yellow

    White

    Black

    INJURIOUS CLIMATE

    Wind

    Heat

    Damp

    Dry

    Cold

    YIN ORGAN

    Liver

    Heart

    Spleen- Pancreas

    Lungs

    Kidneys- endocrine

    YANG ORGAN

    Gall Bladder

    Small Intestine

    Stomach

    Large Intestine

    Bladder

    SENSE

    Sight

    Speech

    Taste

    Smell

    Hearing

    BODY PART

    Tendons

    Vessels

    Flesh- Muscles

    Skin

    Bones

    ORIFICE

    Eyes

    Tongue

    Mouth

    Nose

    Ears

    FLUID

    Tears

    Sweat

    Lymph

    Mucus

    Saliva

    SOUND

    Shouting

    Laughter

    Sing Song

    Sob

    Groan

    SPIRITUAL QUALITIES

    Spirit

    Conscience

    Thought

    Instinct

    Will

    EMOTION

    Anger

    Levity-Joy

    Worry

    Sadness-Grief

    Fear- Paranoia

    DYNAMIC

    Blood

    Intuition

    Strength

    Vitality

    Will

    GOVERNS

    Lungs

    Kidney

    Liver

    Heart

    Spleen

    ACTIVITY

    Seeing

    Walking

    Sitting

    Reclining

    Standing

    A lot to take in….

    The above is the tip of a very large iceberg, there is so much to the TCM 5 element theory and most of it is related more to herbalism and acupuncture but can be applied to so much more. You can see how TCM links things together, how the system treats all life as interconnected and how balance plays a role in that. If one system gets out of balance it can affect another system.

    “Balance” has become a buzz word these days, like the word “energy” it has lost much of its true meaning to over and improper use. I have even heard people argue that balance isn’t something one should strive for, that balance is stagnant or boring. I see their point, by THEIR definition of balance that might very well be true. However, the definition as it pertains to keeping these associations within the body and mind in balance, is quite the opposite. Keeping the bodily and mental associations of TCM in balance is hardly boring, if anything it is one of the most challenging tasks a person who can handle it can take on. It is an every day, every minute and for the rest of your life challenge. Hardly stagnant!

     

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