Chinese medical symbolism: the organ clock

Alert : This is a reposted article from previous versions of the website. I’ve kept it up in mostly unmodified form as people have found it helpful. Newer content may be more complete, accurate, or may represent more matured theoretical and clinical understanding on my part. Proceed accordingly. Chinese language is symbolic – it uses…

The Yijing and Chinese medicine : Hexagram 11, Tai 泰

As Chinese medicine students at NUNM, we are grounded in Chinese symbolism and cosmology before anything else.   Because of the research interests of one of the school’s founders, Heiner Fruehauf, we chiefly use the “organ clock” or holomap as a way to organize our thinking about these symbols.  Along with the many other layers of symbolism…

Large Intestine symbolism using the Chinese medicine organ clock – 2/2

In the first part of this post on the Large Intestine organ system, we discussed some basic information including:  the name and official related to LI, the five element and six conformation designation and more.  In this post, I’d like to dig a little deeper into the symbolism of this important organ system.  In particular,…

9 Enlightening Things I Learned About the Pericardium from the Chinese Organ Clock

Today’s post will cover some of what I’ve learned about the Pericardium organ system from studying the symbolic information available through the Chinese organ clock and etymological investigation of characters associated with Pericardium. What you will find below is just a fraction of the information that I learned about the Pericardium from Dr. Heiner Fruehauf….

7 Unique Facets of Classical Chinese organ systems

I’d like to piggyback off of the organ clock post and introduce the Chinese medicine theory of organs in a little more depth. Why should we pay attention to an alternative way of looking at the body – hasn’t conventional biomedicine (aka Western medicine) figured it all out? There are many ways of categorizing the…