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1 Traditional Asian Medicine Model of Health Chapter 16 ABT: The use of pressure and manipulation to treat the body, mind, and spirit (Asian body Treatment) Energy is central concept in Asian medicine Includes shiatsu and ayurveda 1 2 Energy Yin and Yang Energy is life force that creates and binds together all things and phenomena in the universe Energy demonstrates itself as movement and vibration and forms magnetic fields The Tai Ji symbol represents yin and yang formed by a complete circle and means completeness The circle is divided into two sides symbolizing duality, or the dynamic struggle between opposites (black and white) From Anderson SK: The practice of shiatsu. St. Louis, 2008, Mosby

2 Yin and Yang (Cont.) On the yang or sunny side of the hill, more light, warmth, activity, and movement exist On the yin or shadowy side of the hill, it is darker, the temperature is cooler They mutually create and balance each other Health is a dynamic equilibrium between yin and yang Pain as yin: A feeling of cold, weakness, weight, and lethargy Pain as yang: A feeling of heat, agitation, and restlessness To treat, use a bit of the opposite quality to bring balance Channels Energy circulates through pathways in the body called channels or meridians Channels are the connections of the material body to the nonmaterial body Channels distribute, balance, and connect the ki of the interior organs with the surface body Ki circulates through the channels in a fixed direction, making one continuous channel 6 5 Chinese Clock Twelve Regular Channels Are located bilaterally and are symmetric Named after associated organ systems Occur in yin and yang pairs Pages in Salvo Text 7 8 2

3 Lung Channel Large Intestine Channel Yin organ Lung (LU): 3-5 am Metal Sense organ nose Emotion grief Yang organ Large Intestine (LI): 5 7 am 9 10 Stomach Channel Spleen Channel Yang organ Stomach (ST): 7 to 9 AM EARTH MOUTH PENSIVENESS Yin organ Spleen (SP): 9 to 11 AM

4 Heart Channel Small Intestine Channel Yin organ Yang organ Small Intestine (SI): 1 to 3 PM Heart (HT): 11 AM to 1 PM FIRE TONGUE JOY Bladder Channel Yang organ Bladder (BL): 3 to 5 PM Kidney Channel Yin organ Kidneys (KID): 5 to 7 PM WATER EARS FEAR

5 Heart Protector Channel Yin organ Heart protector (HP) or pericardium (P): 7 to 9 PM FIRE TONGUE JOY Triple Heater Channel Yang organ Triple Heater (TH): 9 to 11 PM Gallbladder Channel Liver Channel Yang organ Gallbladder (GB): 11 to 1 AM WOOD EYES ANGER Yin organ Liver (LIV): 1 AM to 3 AM

6 Extraordinary Vessels Reservoirs for regular channels (8) Store ki to preserve balance Examples are: Conception (Ren) Governing (Du) Penetrating (Chong) Belt (Dai) Tsubos Points along channels where energy concentrates and surfaces Identified by the name of the channel plus numbers that increase in sequential number from the origin to the end of the channel pathway Example: SP1, SP2, SP3, and so forth Distance measured in cun, which is the body inch unit Each cun measured by the width of client s own thumb knuckle Used to find tsubo location Kyo and jitsu: Terms used to describe the quantities of energy or activity in a tsubo Kyo means empty, yin, depleted, or not enough ki in the tsubo Jitsu means full, yang, excessive, or too much ki in the tsubo Divides organ system into yin and yang Zang Yin organs Tend to be solid Fu Yang organs Tend to be hollow Five Phases (Elements) Earth Wood Fire Metal Water

7 Wood Organ systems: Liver and Gallbladder Season: Spring Color: Green Function: Gathers ki for decisive action Emotions: Anger and frustration Fire Organ systems: Small Intestine, Heart, Heart Protector, and Triple Heater Season: Summer Color: Red Functions: Emotional stability, assimilation, circulation, and protection Emotion: Joy Earth Organ systems: Spleen, Stomach Season: Late summer Color: Yellow Functions: Digestion, nourishment, and support Emotion: Pensiveness Metal Organ systems: Lung, Large Intestine Season: Autumn Color: White Functions: Respiration, intake of ki, and letting go Emotion: Grief

8 Water Organ systems: Kidney, Bladder Season: Winter Colors: Black, dark blue Functions: Purification and impetus Emotion: Fear Cycles Creative (generative) cycle Feeds, nourishes, or generates next cycle Control cycle System of checks and balances Keeps phase from overacting Overacting cycle Stronger version of creative cycle Counteracting (insulting) cycle Inverts order of creative cycle Five Phases with Cycles Evaluating Energetic Imbalances Four main assessments Looking Listening and smelling Palpating Asking

9 Shiatsu Japanese Asian bodywork therapy Uses pressure along energy pathways to balance energy Shiatsu changes quality of ki Symptoms reduction and increased vitality often experienced Shiatsu means: Finger (shi) Pressure (atsu) Elbows, knees, and feet also used Done on floor mat or massage table or with person seated Client fully clothed, no oils or ointments Shiatsu Principles Relaxation Use of body weight, not force Move from the hara Use two-handed connection Stationary, perpendicular penetration Projection of ki Continuity Hara Assessment Map Ayurveda Maintenance of improvement of health through: Dietary modification Massage Yoga Herbal preparations India's traditional healing modality One of world's oldest healing systems currently practiced

10 Cosmos consists of five elements: Earth Air Fire Water Space or ether Five elements combine to form three doshas: Vata (wind), pitta (bile), and kapha (phlegm) The Doshas Vata: Wind Air and space Principle of kinetic energy Responsible for bodily movement, evacuation, and nervous functions Located in bladder, large intestines, nervous system, pelvic area, thighs, bone marrow, legs, and seated in the colon Pitta: Bile Kapha: Phlegm Fire and water Governs enzymes and hormones Responsible for digestion, pigmentation, hunger, body temperature, thirst, sight, courage, and mental activity Located between navel and chest, in stomach, small intestines, liver, spleen, skin, and blood Composed of earth and water Cohesion and stability Regulates vata and pitta and controls patience Responsible for maintaining lubrication, tissues, sexual power, and strength Located in thorax, head, neck, upper portion of stomach, pleural cavity, fat tissues, between joints, and seated in lungs

11 Ama Thai Massage Major causes of disease Occurs when agnis decrease Detected by coating on tongue, turbid urine, feces passed with undigested food, offensive odor, or abundant gas Fivefold purification therapy (panchakarma) and restoration of balance of the doshas balance through diet, regimen, and herbalbased medicines Form of ABT that consists of stretching and compressive massage techniques along energy pathways and on points to balance energy and restore health Called Nuad Bo'Rarn in Thailand Nuad: To touch with the intention of imparting healing Bo'Rarn: Something that is ancient and revered Thai Massage: Principles Three distinct human essences that interplay: Human body: All human attributes Energy: Organizing force that brings together human into a unified whole Energy pathways called Sen Citta: All nonphysical aspects like thoughts, emotions, will, and spiritual aspirations Thai Massage: Techniques Two purposes for slowness of Thai massage: Supports, enhances, and encourages a meditative state in both the practitioner and client Protects the client and practitioner from injury

12 Chakras Word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or circle Energy centers Located along a central channel Functions to receive, process, and distribute energy and keep spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health in balance

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