It doesn’t take much for any random seed to grow, some dirt, water and sun. As humans we can play a hand in these elements, but they exist before we do, from the beginning of form these things existed. As humans we represent what can come of these random elements. Importantly what we get to offer this process is our intention of what will reach potential. How will our gardens grow?
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for many thousands of years helping people nourish the many elements that make life possible. Five Elements specifically are treated in Chinese medicine acupuncture practices; Earth, Metal, Water, Wood & Fire.
Earth corresponds to soil, dirt, the fertile ground of what has decayed through autumn and winter. The function of the earth is to hold and feed the seed, the earth cannot be too damp nor can it be too dry. If you intend new life to emerge you must till the soil. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine allow air and blood flow to circulate through the body. So does exercise!
Exercise also makes you sweat! The minerals that we keep after expelling toxins through our skin and colon relate to the element of Metal. Allergies and skin conditions are treated with Acupuncture and herbs via this element and it’s close relationship to the earth. The act of detoxifying helps the body determine toxins from pure metals, minerals that become the foundation of our growth development.
Our potential to grow and develop is attributed to the Water element and Kidneys. The Acupuncture point on the bottom of the foot, center & beneath the toe sole called Kidney 1, Bubbling Spring http://www.doctorcarl.org/bubbling_spring.html.
It’s our connection to the earth, the flow of water and the up surging of life. Essence and Will are associated with the Kidneys, as is adrenal function. Using acupressure on Kidney 1 will help those of us who tend to push a little too hard.
Plants, all life, us included, need water in order to grow. The Traditional Chinese Medicine term is, engender. The element of water engenders Wood, Liver. A seed, Wood, knows only one direction and that is up and it’s been waiting all winter to sprout, especially after this long Toronto winter! Making sure that the pathway is cleared will enable the emergence. A Chinese Medicine diet at this time of year includes bitters and greens, like the common dandelion, to astringe and clear the pathway. Acupuncture points help flow the Qi and with a little water and sun it’s the invitation a seed needs.
Ahh sun. Yes Toronto! Lets invite the warmth glow of Fire and light so we may lift our heads and rise out of the slumber of winter. As smiles appear on faces you meet in the streets, at work, at home, so does the brightness of new life begin to wash our parks and gardens. Fire represents the Heart. In one of the original Chinese Medicine texts the Yellow Emperor’s Classic, it is explained by Qi Bo to Huang Di that,” The Heart is sovereign of all organs and represents the consciousness of one’s being. It is responsible for intelligence, wisdom, and spiritual transformation.”
If we intend for our gardens to grow then learning to recognize the elements within us as they are outside of us will cause life to flourish. If we are willing to grow from our gardens, we must prepare the land so ensure the quality of what can grow. So each seed has room to sprout and reach it’s potential. Chinese Medicine offers this perspective and Acupuncture and Herbal medicine can be something to help your garden not just grow, but flourish!