Acupuncture & the 5 elements - Practice L. Spring-Taylor, Bern Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) of which acupuncture and the 5 Elements is a part, recognises that health is more than the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our potential for well-being and happiness. Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest systems of medicine dating back almost 5000 years. The Taoist philosophers of that time were astute observers of nature and realised that the fundamental processes of the universe were a good basis for understanding life. Acupuncture is the most well known therapy of oriental medicine. It is a vital component of the health care system in China, Japan and other countries, the other componants include herbs, diet and an exercise system known as Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chuan. Some health insurance providers even provide coverage for such complementary treatments. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. Imbalance diminishes capacities associated with organ
Aether (classical element) According to ancient and medieval science, aether (Greek: αἰθήρ aithēr), also spelled æther or ether, also called quintessence, is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. The concept of aether was used in several theories to explain several natural phenomena, such as the traveling of light and gravity. In the late 19th century, physicists postulated that aether permeated all throughout space, providing a medium through which light could travel in a vacuum, but evidence for the presence of such a medium was not found in the Michelson–Morley experiment. Medieval concept of the cosmos. The innermost spheres are the terrestrial spheres, while the outer are made of aether and contain the celestial bodies With the 18th century physics developments physical models known as "aether theories" made use of a similar concept for the explanation of the propagation of electromagnetic and gravitational forces.
Coaching Coaching is training or development in which a person called a "coach" supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. The learner is sometimes called a "coachee". Occasionally, "coaching" may mean an informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the latter learns; but coaching differs from mentoring in focusing on competence specifics, as opposed to general overall development. Some coaches use a style in which they ask questions and offer opportunities to challenge the learner to find his or her own answers. This helps the learner find answers and new ways of being[clarification needed] based on their own values, preferences and perspectives. Origins The facilitative approach to coaching in sport was pioneered by Timothy Gallwey; before this, sports coaching was (and often remains) solely a skills-based learning experience from a master in the sport.
Chinese herbology Dried herbs and plant portions for Chinese herbology at a Xi'an market Chinese herbology (simplified Chinese: 中药学; traditional Chinese: 中藥學; pinyin: zhōngyào xué) is the theory of traditional Chinese herbal therapy, which accounts for the majority of treatments in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The term herbology is misleading in the sense that, while plant elements are by far the most commonly used substances, animal, human, and mineral products are also utilized. Thus, the term "medicinal" (instead of herb) is usually preferred as a translation for 药 (pinyin: yào). The effectiveness of traditional Chinese herbal therapy remains poorly documented. There are concerns over a number of potentially toxic Chinese herbs. History Chinese pharmacopoeia Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. The first traditionally recognized herbalist is Shénnóng (神农, lit. Raw materials Some animal parts used as medicinals can be considered rather strange such as cows' gallstones.
I Ching The I Ching, also known as the Classic of Changes, Book of Changes, Zhouyi and Yijing, is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts. The book contains a divination system comparable to Western geomancy or the West African Ifá system; in Western cultures and modern East Asia, it is still widely used for this purpose. Traditionally, the I Ching and its hexagrams were thought to pre-date recorded history, and based on traditional Chinese accounts, its origins trace back to the 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE. Modern scholarship suggests that the earliest layers of the text may date from the end of the 2nd millennium BCE, but place doubts on the mythological aspects in the traditional accounts. Some consider the I Ching the oldest extant book of divination, dating from 1,000 BCE and before. The oldest manuscript that has been found, albeit incomplete, dates back to the Warring States period (475–221 BCE). History Traditional view Modernist view Structure
The Four Temperaments Around 500 years before the birth of our Savior, the spirit of science began to be applied to the practice of medicine. Where before the ancients looked to "the gods" to explain the workings of the natural world, Hippocrates (b. ca. 460 B.C.) urged that sine qua non of science: observation. In the course of the studies that merited his becoming known as "the Father of Medicine," he noticed that blood removed from the body separates into four parts: the clear red, a yellowish liquid that rises to the top, the dark liquid that settles to the bottom, and whitish fluid. This theory of bodily humors 1 -- called "humorism " or "humoralism" -- holds that each person produces all of these humors, but that the preponderance of one relative to the others -- a condition called "dyscrasia" -- brings on illness. Each of these humors was believed to be associated with one of the four elements which, when combined in various proportions, make up all things: The following excerpt from the 11th c. Moody
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder management Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder management are the treatment options available to people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There are several effective and evidence-based options to treat people with ADHD. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends different treatment paradigms depending on the age of the person being treated. For those aged 4–5, the Academy recommends evidence-based parent- and/or teacher-administered behavior therapy, with the addition of methylphenidate only if there is continuing moderate-to-severe functional disturbances. The most common stimulant medications are amphetamine mixed (Adderall) or dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), and methylphenidate (Ritalin). A variety of psychotherapeutic and behavior modification approaches to managing ADHD including psychotherapy and working memory training may be used. Psychosocial Parent education and classroom management Cognitive training Timers Medications Stimulants
Yin and yang In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang (simplified Chinese: 阴阳; traditional Chinese: 陰陽; pinyin: yīnyáng), which is often called "yin and yang", is used to describe how opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many natural dualities (such as light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, fire and water, life and death, male and female, sun and moon, and so on) are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang concept. The concept lies at the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of traditional Chinese medicine, and a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as baguazhang, taijiquan (t'ai chi), qigong (Chi Kung), and I Ching. Nature Toponymy Classically, when used in place names, yang refers to the "sunny side." I Ching
Aristotle's Physics: the Five Elements - a knol by Ira Glickstein Introduction Aristotle’s writings date from over 2300 years ago. They include many books chock full of wondrous ideas. This Knol presents and interprets the Five Elements (Aether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth). The computer graphics in this Knol approach the topic from a “practical engineering viewpoint”. They should give the reader a clear and satisfying concept of what I think Aristotle was getting at. Like me, you may find philosophy hard to understand. You have undoubtedly heard about “the five elements” of the ancient philosophers. Modern scientists dismiss the concept of Aether out of hand. OK, let’s give Aristotle access to modern computer graphics and the world of Google Knols and see where that takes us! The Five Elements Aether – The Quintessence, The First Element, The All Aether is the perfect element that fills the cosmos and the terrestrial sphere. Terrestrial Elements – Air, Fire, Water and Earth Each element has a primary quality plus a secondary one: Air is Wet and also Hot.
Classical 4 elements Segment of the macrocosm showing the elemental spheres of terra (earth), aqua (water), aer (air), and ignis (fire). Robert Fludd. 1617. Many philosophies and worldviews have a set of classical elements believed to reflect the simplest essential parts and principles of which anything can consist or upon which the constitution and fundamental powers of everything are based. Ancient Cosmic elements in Babylonia In Babylonian mythology, the cosmogony called Enûma Eliš, a text written between the 18th and 16th centuries BC, involves five gods that we might see as personified cosmic elements: sea, earth, sky, wind. Greece The Greek classical elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Aether) date from pre-Socratic times and persisted throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, deeply influencing European thought and culture. Plato characterizes the elements as being pre-Socratic in origin from a list created by the Sicilian philosopher Empedocles (ca. 450 BC). Egypt
Memory sport Memory sport, sometimes referred to as competitive memory or the mind sport of memory, is a competition in which participants attempt to memorize the most information that they can then present back, under certain guidelines. The sport has been formally developed since 1991, and features regional and international championships. One common type of competition involves memorizing the order of randomized cards in as little time as possible, after which the competitor is required to arrange new decks of cards in the same order. History Techniques for training memory are discussed as far back as Ancient Greece, and formal memory training was long considered an important part of basic education known as the art of memory. However, the development of trained memorization into a sport is only a development of the late 20th century, and even then has remained relatively limited in scope. Competitions Designations Techniques Disciplines Records See also