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Chinese Medicine has always contributed new ideas to its way of

working. When we come to think about the way of it's effect on our
inner body organism organization we understand, how much we
. ,d o n ’ t k n o w , a n d t o g e t h e r w i t h i t t h e f r u s t r a t i o n , w h o m t o a s k
One of the major theory in acupuncture is based on the five
elements, saying that the name element is actually wrong and
present concept which is contradicted to the real meaning of what
it stand for. As element we get the idea of something static, heavy,
physical, chemical, material. Speaking about each element as
individual we can say that it is right to say that Wood, Fire, Earth,
Metal, Water are the real component that our Earth is built from.
The attachment and association of each organ from the Zang – Fu
to a specific element has to be seen at the elementary connotation
:a s f o l l o w

Zang - Fu Element Elementary

Liver Wood Blood for growth
Gall Bladder Wood Jing for potential
Heart Fire Shen distribution via
the blood
Small Intestine Fire Shen characteristics
in building of man
Three Heater Fire Little fire between
the Kidneys, Fire for
Pericardium Fire The filter and
messenger between
the Heart and the
rest of the body
Spleen Earth Transformation and
transportation of Gu
Stomach Earth Container of food
and the starting
stage of cooking and
Lung Metal Distribution of Chi
Colon Metal Defecation of wastes
Kidneys Water Home of Jing, Yuan
and Yin
Urinary Bladder Water Storage of Jin-Ye,
Drainage of fluids
From here we must look at the Five Elements as a dynamic, ever
flowing, ever changing cycle which give us the basic Sheng and Ko
Cycles as from this point onwards the individual elements are no
longer static, material and heavy manifestation but a stages of
development that the only static concept is the never ending
change. Further it will be true to say that in the cycle each stage
transformed to different form of existence by it's process of
development as we can see in nature by the changing of seasons
were spring comes out of winter, summer comes out of spring and
so on. In our body – nature, Macrocosmic – Microcosmic
relationship we see the changing of season in nature through the
:f i v e t r a n s f o r m a t i o n s a s f o l l o w




:T h e u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f Z a n g – F u i n r e l a t i o n t o i t s a c t i o n
As we have understood, the individual function of each organ is
vital for the harmonious function of the body, but the organs way
of action is more related to the endless cycle of change as seen in
the four seasons and biological clock that represents more of an
energetic cycle than material one.
As we go on with this assumption we have to associate the organs
to the seasonal cycle and the biological clock, by doing that we
will understand the inner force of each organ that actually act to
express it.
The relation of the seasonal cycle and the Zang – Fu:







When we look closely at this diagram we see very clearly that the
energetic action of the Zang - Fu organs are different that their
:e l e m e n t c o r r e s p o n d e n c e , i f w e p u t i t i n a t a b l e i t l o o k s l i k e t h a t
Wood Lung / Colon
Fire Heart / Spleen
Earth Liver / Stomach / Small Intestine /
Metal Kidney / Urinary Bladder
Water Three Heather / Gall Bladder

This arrangement might look strange, but if we think about it, it

.m a k e s p e r f e c t l o g i c
The Wood by its powerful expansion abilities gives the LU and Co
the possibility to expand and therefore to disperse Chi and Fluids
from the Lung and to make the peristaltic action of the Colon that
.i s s o i m p o r t a n t f o r o u r c l e a n s e n e s s
The fire is in direct connection to the Heart and to the Spirit
Shen.The Spleen main action as Transformation and Transportation
uses fire energy to do it. Only fire can do transformation, surly not
.E a r t h
The Earth energy represent stability, adaptation and filtering
which is so important at the change of each season and for the
Liver to store the blood and calm the yang wood, for the Stomach
to balance the whole body energetic system as the centre of the
body, for the Small Intestine as couple of Heart and centre of
digestion where the Shen meet the substances that create man and
for the Pericardium as the direct minister of the Heart and the
organ that responsible for communication between the Heart and
. the other Zang – Fu and vica versa
The Metal energy is concentrated, hard and focused. The Kidneys
must be full and concentrated and that for keeping the yin
substances in order and by that to keep the bones hard and the
whole body in good strong and centered shape. The Bladder needs
the Metal energy to be very sharp pointed in its way of spreading
energy to all the organs and supporting the five Shens via the Shu
.p o i n t s a n d t h e S p i r i t p o i n t s
The Water is penetrating, moving and open stagnation. It is like
the action of the Three Heater that responsible to balance the three
Jiaos and to irrigate the all body, It is what the gall bladder does
as yang aspect of the wood, as part of Shao Yang division, as Extra
fu by storing Jing to give out in the process of growing and to be
the representative of the original water that come from heaven in
.t h e S t e m s a n d B r a n c h e s ( T i a n G a n D i Z i ) s y s t e m
Now after the realization that the organs actually act from these
powerful energies we can give this method the name: Zang –Fu
.D e e p E n e r g y

The practical application of Zang – Fu Deep Energy

T h e f i r s t s t a g e o f t h i s r e a l i z a t i o n i s c h a n g e o f t h i n k i n g . F r o m (1
now when we think about the lung we have to visualize wood
energy that make the lung function properly, we have to think
metal energy when we look at the strength of the kidneys, and so
.o n
L o o k i n g f o r t h e e x p r e s s i o n o f t h e d e e p e n e r g y a t t h e p u l s e s i n (2
pulse diagnosis, like, Spleen pulse as the Nei Ching state should be
soft like feather in the wind, it is because its Fire deep energy that
make the chi so light and airy, The kidney pulse should be like a
stone in the river, this its metal energy that make it hard and
heavy, the lung should be flat and superficial as its wood energy
'm a k e i t s p r e a d o u t , e t c
D i a g n o s i s o f t h e p e r s o n s t a t e o f m i n d a n d b e h a v i o r . A p e r s o n (3
that lost his central stability we will use Earth Deep Energy,
Person who looks as he lost his energetic and physical tonus we
,w i l l u s e M e t a l D e e p E n e r g y
Person that lost his temperature balance like hot outside and cold
. 'i n s i d e w e w i l l u s e W a t e r D e e p E n e r g y a n d e t c

Major Deep Energy Points

In general all points of each meridian have and introduce the deep
energy. All Lung points are Wood Deep Energy points, All Liver
. 'p o i n t s a r e E a r t h D e e p E n e r g y p o i n t s e t c
The major points are the elements point related to the general deep
:e n e r g y o f t h e m e r i d i a n – o r g a n , s o
Lung LU - 11
Colon CO - 3
Stomach ST - 36
Spleen SP - 2
Heart HT - 8
Small Intestine SI - 8
Urinary Bladder UB - 67
Kidney KID - 7
Pericardium PC - 7
Three Heather TH - 2
Gall Bladder GB - 43
Liver LIV - 3

Acupuncture is a system that’s the practitioner should be able to
see at the same time different dimensions of action and existence.
The ability to do so is open us, the practitioners, full spectrum of
physical and metaphysical ideas, it makes the practice interesting
.a n d w i t h v a s t a n d e n d l e s s k n o w l e d g e t o b a t t l e w i t h
Last year I introduced the connection between the
I- Ching and Acupuncture , from my point of view these two
.s y s t e m s a r e t h e f o u n d a t i o n u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f A c u p u n c t u r e

Roni Sapir
Academic Dean: East – west School of Classic Chinese Medicine,
Chairman, Israeli Association of Classic Chinese Medicine

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