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.\r\nThis zone is meant to be open to ALL of those avenues of study and discussion.\r\nDISCLAIMER\r\nNone 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.\r\nCross reference at least three reliable sources of information before taking an herb. Be sure about dosage and...
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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.

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    Five Elements Theory

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    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.

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    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:

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    This chart is from here

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    WOOD

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    FIRE

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    EARTH

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    METAL

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    WATER

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    PLANET

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    Jupiter

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    Mars

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    Saturn

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    Venus

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    Mercury

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    DIRECTION

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    East

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    South

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    Center

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    West

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    North

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    SEASON

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    Spring

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    Summer

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    Indian Summer

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    Autumn

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    Winter

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    COLOR

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    Blue Green

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    Red

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    Yellow

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    White

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    Black

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    INJURIOUS CLIMATE

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    Wind

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    Heat

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    Damp

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    Dry

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    Cold

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    YIN ORGAN

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    Liver

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    Heart

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    Spleen- Pancreas

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    Lungs

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    Kidneys- endocrine

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    YANG ORGAN

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    Gall Bladder

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    Small Intestine

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    Stomach

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    Large Intestine

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    Bladder

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    SENSE

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    Sight

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    Speech

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    Taste

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    Smell

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    Hearing

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    BODY PART

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    Tendons

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    Vessels

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    Flesh- Muscles

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    Skin

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    Bones

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    ORIFICE

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    Eyes

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    Tongue

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    Mouth

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    Nose

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    Ears

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    FLUID

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    Tears

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    Sweat

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    Lymph

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    Mucus

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    Saliva

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    SOUND

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    Shouting

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    Laughter

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    Sing Song

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    Sob

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    Groan

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    SPIRITUAL QUALITIES

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    Spirit

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    Conscience

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    Thought

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    Instinct

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    Will

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    EMOTION

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    Anger

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    Levity-Joy

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    Worry

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    Sadness-Grief

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    Fear- Paranoia

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    DYNAMIC

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    Blood

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    Intuition

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    Strength

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    Vitality

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    Will

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    GOVERNS

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    Lungs

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    Kidney

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    Liver

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    Heart

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    Spleen

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    ACTIVITY

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    Seeing

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    Walking

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    Sitting

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    Reclining

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    Standing

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    A lot to take in….

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    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.

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    “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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