The Four Earth Organs

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are generally only two Earth organs, the Spleen and the Stomach. However, there are several ways to assign phase-elements to the organ systems, and one of the models uses the organ clock, or calendar, rather than the five-phase model. This calendrical model is older than the five-phase model and offers some wonderful insights into the function of the organs beyond their traditional physiology as explained in TCM. According to Dr. Hammer Earth functions in the formation of bonds and boundaries. All four of these organs function in this capacity to one degree or another.

Premenstrual Syndrome – Not Necessary

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is common but not a necessary part of having a period. PMS in Western terms is due primarily to a hormone imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. In Chinese Medicine the Liver plays a significant role, though the other organ systems are part of the picture too. It can be treated with diet, herbal formulas, acupuncture, homeopathy, stress reduction, and exercise.

Different Types of Insomnia – Part 2

Insomnia is often due to a state of deficiency. There can be qi deficiency, where the person wakes frequently without agitation or restlessness, and is able to fall back asleep easily. This corresponds with issues around electrolyte regulation by the kidneys and adrenals. The next is yin deficiency, with frequent waking along with restlessness, corresponding with sex hormone imbalance and more frank adrenal fatigue. Yang deficiency, where the person must sleep in an upright position, presents biomedically as heart failure. Blood deficiency is where the person wakes after 3-5 hours of sleep but is able to fall back asleep after 30-60 minutes. This corresponds to problems with liver glycogen storage.

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