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Traditional Chinese Medicine: The Five-Element Theory
In the five-element theory in traditional Chinese medicine, every organ has an associated emotion, color, time of day, season, sensory organ, taste, corresponding body part, element in nature and an associated set of symptoms when out of balance. Acupuncture for depression and acupuncture for anxiety are just two of the many possible treatments available to deal with symptoms of stress.
A couple of examples of this are as follows:
The liver is said to store the emotions, particularly anger, envy and jealousy. It’s associated color is green. The element in nature is wood. Imbalances of the liver manifest in the tendons and muscles, shine through the eyes, and health or imbalance is reflected in the fingernails and toenails. The taste associated with the liver is bitter. Bitter greens can treat liver imbalances.
The kidneys are associated with fear. The color is black, imbalances show up in the knees and low back, and the sensory organs are the ears. The taste is salty and the element is water. Imbalances in the kidneys or the way the body assimilates fluids will be reflected in urinary tract, bladder or even certain hormonal conditions.
About Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff
Dr. Diana Joy Ostroff has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine on Oahu since 1989. She was motivated into her career of choice by a desire and drive to heal herself. Realizing when she was a teenager that life could be so much richer if she felt amazingly healthy in mind, body and spirit, Dr. Joy began her quest for knowledge, skill, and mastery in 1978 when she started learning yoga, psychology, meditation, nutrition, and physical fitness.
Holding to a philosophy that we are able to heal our own bodies through elements found in nature, guided Dr. Joy to seek out the field of naturopathy. Twelve years of additional study in pre-med and medical sciences as well as Naturopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Hawaiian healing arts and study abroad in Asia; plus 32 solid years of treating thousands of patients gives Dr. Joy the experience and credibility to make a deep and long lasting impact and impression on how her patients’ bodies work, and how they can work with greater efficiency and vitality.