Tending The Wind

An Introduction to Veterinary Holistic Medicine

Ch 13. Chinese Medicine Part 5 (Table): Five Phase Correspondences

Direction East South Center West North
Season Spring Summer Late Summer Autumn Winter
Stage Birth Growth Maturation Harvest Storage
Climate Wind Heat Damp Dry Cold
Color Green/Cyan Red Yellow White Black/Blue
Odor Goatish/Urine Scortched Fragrant Fishy/Rank Rotten
Flavor Sour Bitter Sweet Pungent Salty
Vocalization Shouting Laughing Singing Weeping Moan/Groan
Emotion Anger Joy (Pleasure) Worry Sorrow Fear
Body Opening Eyes Tongue Mouth Nose Ears
Yīn Organ Liver Heart Spleen Lungs Kidneys
Yáng Organ Gall Bladder Small Intestine Stomache Large Intestine Bladder
Physiology Harmonize and smooth out the flow of qì. Upward and outward movement. Store blood. Provide luster and richness to body colors, tendons, nails, and hair. Vision. Circulation of blood. Facial expressiveness. Main part of digestion and separating the “pure from the impure” out of foodstuff. (The pure is absorbed by the spleen.) Taste. Initial holding, fermentation of received food. Assimilation of the “pure” part. Movement of the “pure” upward and the “turbid” down for further processing. Damp/sludge transformation. Circulation of qì. Assists circulation of water. Inward and downward movement. Intake of pure air; expulsion of dirty air and “turbid” feces. Clarity of voice and tone. Smell. Like an ocean, the body’s ultimate source and destination of water. Source of the body’s original yīn and yáng. Store jīng and sexual fluids. Grasp air qì. Make marrow. Hearing.
Mind/Spirit Hún (dreamy awareness) Shén (waking awareness) Yì (meaning, intent, ideas) Pò (corporeal awareness) Zhì (will, aspirations)
Mental Functions Intuition. Trance-like awareness. Dreaming. Visualizing. Planning. Making and implementing decisions. Consciousness. Inspiration. Enlightenment. Ability to be open-minded and receptive. Conscious command of the body. Ability to hold thoughts, mull over ideas and assimilate the meanings revealed by enlightenment. Thorough understanding. Instinct. Basic functions not needing any conscious control. Inherent body awareness. Sensations and feelings. Will and ambitions. Concentration and focus. Basic strength and vitality of mental functions. Memory.
Examples of Pathology Uneven flow of qì affecting movement, digestion, etc. Dull nails/hair. Dry/red eyes. Poor vision. Menstrual disorders. Emotional outbursts. Aberrant flow of blood. Heart attack. Hemorrhage. Burning sensations and ulcers. Mental dullness or agitation. Undigested food in stool. Vessels unable to hold blood. Body unable to hold organs = prolapse. Damp/sludge accumulation. Poor appetite. Loose stool. Sluggishness. Exhaustion. Respiratory disorders +/- dry or phlegm. General lack of energy; weak immunity. Weak voice. Feeling of being invaded or losing one’s sense of self. General aging. Loss of head hair, teeth, hearing. Incontinence. Infertility. Impotence. Spermatorrhea. Low-back pain. Developmental abnormalities.

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