Chinese Healing

Stephen Lau
Five Elements in Self-Healing
Energy Healing
Zen and Self-Healing
The Eightfold Path
The Six Principles
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Basic Concept of Chinese Healing
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Basic Concept of Chinese Healing

Chinese self-healing is based on the wisdom of more than 2,000 years of sophisticated techniques of observation and diagnosis of disease and disorder.

Empower yourself with the fundamentals of Chinese self-healing so that you, too, may initiate your own self-healing or self-cure.

Chinese natural healing is founded on the concept of balance and harmony with focus on diets, herbs, acupuncture, massage, sexual energies, and even Fengshui.

The fundamental concept underlying Chinese healing is Dao or "the way." The essence of Dao is that "all things develop naturally" or "one power underlying all." That is to say, Dao makes all things what they are, and causes them to come into being and decay. Dao is not a religion; however, in many ways, it is like the Creator in Western religion.

Basically, there are certain natural laws in health and living that all must abide by, or else one decays and dies. These laws of life mandate that every act and every emotion has its consequence. The act and the consequence are as inseparable as light and shadow. It is impossible to do an act without setting in motion a series of consequences or reactions. These are the natural laws of life. They were true thousands of years ago, they are true now, and they will be true in generations to come. These natural laws exist in the form of Dao. Or, Dao is the form of no-form, and has the shape of no-shape; yet it exists. Dao is beyond human body, senses, and intellect to fully comprehend its nature, which is the essence of being.

The Self-Healing Philosophy of the Yin and Yang

The ancient Book of Changes of the Zhou Dynasty (1122-221 B.C.E.) says:"One yin, one yang, that is the Tao."

Literally, the yin and yang refers to the dark side and sunny side of a hill, respectively.

The dark represents the yin; the white represents the yang. As such, the yin connotes darkness, coolness, moisture, restfulness, modesty, and descent, while the yang represents brightness, warmth, dryness, activity, aggressiveness, and ascent. These are all complementary opposites.

The yin is always within the white yang; likewise, the yang is always within the black yin. In other words, all things are both the yin and the yang simultaneously. Hence, all things, even when they are polar opposites, such as the yin and yang, are what they are only by relativity to the other. In fact, they are inter-dependent on each other. This is the essence of the self-healing philosophy of the yin and yang.

In addition to being inter-dependent on each other, the yin and the yang are continuously and naturally transforming each other, such as inhaling and exhaling, being active and resting, eating and excreting, nourishing and cleansing.

According to Tao (the wisdom of Lao Tzu, the author of the immortal ancient Chinese classic,
Tao Te Ching, everything comes and goes, rises and falls, grows and dies. Accordingly, being has to do with balance and harmony, which is the only optimal environment for self-healing. 

The Five Elements in Self-Healing

In Chinese natural self-healing, the balance and harmony of the yin and the yang is governed by the Five Elements.

Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), also known as "Wu Xing" (the Five Processes), represent the five processes not only fundamental to the cycles of nature, but also corresponding to the organs of the human body.

In Chinese healing, the term "xing" means the process in which one thing acts upon another, thereby balancing and complementing each other--just as the harmony between the yin and the yang.

In relation to the
Five Elements, the cycle of these five processes can be represented as follows:

Wood feeds on fire, which consumes wood, turning it into ashes (earth). Without wood, there will be no need for fire; without wood, there will be no earth.

The metal inside earth is heated and liquefied by fire, thereby producing water through condensation. Without metal, there will be no water (no condensation), and hence no wood (trees thrive on water).

Fire is put off by water, but fire gives ashes (metal in earth), producing water. Without fire, there will be no water; without water, there will be  no wood; without wood, there will be no earth (ashes); without earth, there will be no metal to produce water.

All these five processes are therefore inter-dependent on one another for existence in the form of a cycle of Nature: water nourishes trees or wood, without which there will be no need for fire, and without fire, there will be no earth, and without earth, there will be no metal, and without metal, there will be no liquefaction, generating no water.

Each of the
Five Elements is equally important, and each of these five processes of action and interaction is essential to the cycle of Nature, balancing and complementing each other for balance and harmony, which is the essence of self-healing.

Five Elements, their characteristics, and their inter-relationships with your body for self-healing can be summarized as follows:


Fire is hot, ascending, and energy-giving. In your body, the fire element relates to your heart (yin) and your small intestines (yang).

Just as the fire element in Nature replenishes the earth, the heart in your body supports your spleen by providing the fire energy necessary for digesting your food. But too much fire energy in the heart may result in your being over talkative, as well as having excess perspiration and nervous tension.

In Chinese self-healing, joy or over-indulgence, if in excess, is the emotion which can create imbalance within the fire element.


Earth is growing, fertile, and productive. In your body, the earth element relates to your stomach (yang) and your spleen (yin). Your stomach begins the process of digestive breakdown, while your spleen transforms and transports the energy from food and drink throughout your body.

Just as the earth element in Nature generates metal, your spleen supports your lungs by giving it minerals, as well as qi, the inner positive life force. 

In Chinese self-healing, pensiveness is the emotion which can create imbalance within the earth element.


Metal is conductive. As a conductor, the metal element relates to your lungs (yin), which move vital energy throughout your body, and your large intestines (yang), which are responsible for receiving and discharging wastes from your body.

Just as the metal element in Nature produces water, the lungs in your body support your kidneys by sending moisture which your kidney collects and stores.

In Chinese self-healing, sadness is the emotion which can create imbalance within the metal element.


Water is descending and flowing. In your body, the water element relates to your urinary bladder (yang), and your kidneys (yin). Your bladder receives, stores, and excretes urine. Water metabolism flushes fluids throughout your body, moistening it, and then accumulating in your kidneys, which also store the essence, and serve as the root of yin and yang for your entire body.

Just as the water element in nature nourishes wood, the essence stored in your kidneys generates the blood in your liver.

In Chinese self-healing, fear and paranoia are the emotions which create imbalance within the water element.


Wood is strong and rooted. In your body, the wood element relates to your liver (yin), and your gall bladder (yang). Your liver stores blood, and regulates the smooth flow of qi, the positive life force. Your gall bladder is responsible for storing and excreting bile.

Just as the wood element feeds fire, the liver blood feeds your heart.

In Chinese self-healing, anger is the emotion that can create imbalance within the liver, while indecisiveness is related to your gall bladder. Your liver and gall bladder are responsible for your anger. In Chinese self-healing, the liver is “
the house of the soul.” If you have a lot of ideas and wishes but cannot put them into reality, it may be due to lack of qi in your gall bladder. 

The essence of Dao is expressed in the yin and yang concept, and, by extension, in the five processes of the Five Elements, the foundation of being.

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Energy Healing

Chinese medicine is all about energy or qi, which is internal life energy. Your body is nourished by, cleansed by, and created to be dependent on its flow. Self-healing is the correction of qi flow from its deviant pattern back to its original harmonious or correct flow, matching the rhythm of the Dao on the periphery.

According to quantum physics, energy is not continuous, but instead comes in small units. All matters are made up of vibrating energy, and your body and mind also consist of vibrating energy, which is termed qi, because it gives life, like oxygen you breathe in.

According to the Chinese concept, you are born with a certain amount ofqi (positive energy) that you inherit from your parents (something like your genes, but not exactly). You also get a constant supply of qi from the air you breathe in, as well as a constant source of qi from the food you eat. Oxygen nourishes each and every cell in your body in the form of qi, without which you die. The nutrients from the food you eat also supply qi to every part of your body, providing proper sustenance for its specific function.

Qi flows in food as well as in everything else. The free flow of qi is significant. There is a saying in Chinese medicine:  “If there is pain, there is no free flow of qi. If there is free flow, there is no pain.” So everything about health has to do with qi. The expression for “death” in Chinese is “broken qi”--which literally means “break and end the flow of qi.”

Qi and blood nourish your body. Your qi is “yang,” while your blood is “yin.” Your qi moves your blood, but your blood is mother to your qi. So they complement each other, just like the yin and the yang. Qi is the source of growth in your body. It can be replenished and fed. Qi is always in motion in the form of ascending, descending, entering, and leaving your body's organs and systems. Therefore, its motion should not be obstructed, especially since qi is responsible for transforming your food energy into blood. In addition to nourishing your blood and keeping it flowing, qi helps maintain your body's temperature. Qi plays a vital role in Chinese health and self-healing.

Stagnation is the enemy of health and self-healing: your body cells wallow in their own excrement. Activity is the great remedy: movement quickens your blood and scours your blood vessels, enabling the free flow of blood and qi as well as extending your blood and qi to the smallest vessels, thereby nourishing your whole body.

The quality of qi you imbibe depends not only on the quality and quantity of air you breathe in, but also on the nutrients in your food.

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Zen Living and Self-Healing

Zen is not an Eastern religion, although it embraces some of the philosophy of Buddhist living. Zen is a way of life--it is an "inner eye" that allows you to look at existence with a totally different perspective.

In Zen, there are Four Noble Truths, which throw light on how one may seek self-healing of the body and mind. All these Four Noble Truths have to do with suffering, a physical and mental effect of any disease.

The First Noble Truth  Suffering, just as disease, is inevitable in human life. Birth begins the suffering of mankind. Living only perpetuates that suffering because life is forever interspersed with disease causing pain and suffering. Aging and dying further aggravate the suffering, which ends with death.

The Second Noble Truth  Not only does human suffering not go away, it accumulates. Why is that? That is because people crave sensual pleasures-all material things that temporarily please the body and the mind. As a result of their craving, they suffer from inappropriate and unfulfilled desires for those pleasures--or, more specifically. From the craving itself because that craving can never be satiated.  Just like human suffering, temporarily suppressing the symptoms of disease without eradicating the root problems will not lead to any self-healing, and toxicity only accumulates.

The Third Noble Truth  The only way to remove suffering is to understand that suffering stems from impermanence. Everything in the mundane world is transient and temporary--including health and wellness.

The Fourth Noble Truth  Ignorance is the stubborn attachment to the impermanence of this world. Desperately clinging to what is elusive and evasive is the source of human suffering. Understanding this ultimate reality is removing the ignorance. This is the only ultimate path that leads away from suffering.

The Eightfold Path

The Eightfold Path leads to the cessation of pain through disillusionment, which is removing the ignorance that prevents enlightenment. Without enlightenment, suffering continues and self-healing stops short.

To free ourselves fully and finally from suffering, we have to eliminate it by the root, and that means to eliminate ignorance. By how do we do that? Wisdom is not something given by nature; it has to be cultivated through a set of conditions, known as the Eightfold Path. These conditions are not steps or stages for enlightenment; they are the components of wisdom.

The Eightfold Path to end human suffering consists of the following conditions:

Right View Having the right view means understanding the starting point, the destination, and the successful landmarks that will guide you along the pathway to self-healing. The right view also includes making right choices and taking the right actions--they are all critical to self-healing.

Right Intention or Right Thinking In Western culture, empowerment means getting information and knowledge. In Zen, right intention implies intuition of profound wisdom, which comes from within self, not from elsewhere. Thought is the forerunner of action. Right intention, guided by compassion, is the substitution of negative thoughts with positive ones to enhance the self-healing process.

•  Right Speech Right speech is avoiding false, slanderous, or harsh speech that may cause emotional problems that jeopardize self-healing.

Right Action Right action is abstaining from anything inappropriate that may hinder self-healing.

Right Livelihood Right living and a healthy lifestyle contribute to self-healing.

Right Effort Right effort is the attempt to abandon all wrong and harmful thoughts, words, and deeds. Right effort avoids creating emotional problems.

Right Mindfulness Right mindfulness is focusing on the mind, on the mental awareness that puts away greed and distress that prevents mental healing.

Right Concentration Right concentration is enhancing the state of meditative absorption for developing wisdom and cultivating insight into the truth of existence.
Meditation is not a means to achieve peace of mind or to become a better person; it is the creation of a space in which you perceive your self-deception, which is ignorance or non-enlightenment. With clarity of mind through meditation, you may perceive the ultimate reality, which is non-attachment to what appears to the permanent but is impermanent.

The Six Principles

The Six Principles may help you in the process of self-healing:

Acceptance of Suffering: Accept your suffering, instead of avoiding it.

Courage: Have the courage to change your lifestyle and eating habits to promote self-healing.

Enlightenment: Stop the craving that may create stress that hinders self-healing.

Compassion: Show kindness and love to self as well as to others. Love heals all.

Non-Attachment: Become non-attached to the ego-self and hence become non-judgmental of others.

Letting go: Let go and understand that everything is impermanent.

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