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Summer, Fire, Joy, and Cooling Foods

The Chinese medicine element associated with summer is, not surprisingly, fire. The fire element is special because it provides that spark which inspires love for others as well as enthusiasm for new ideas and perhaps …

It’s The Year Of The Earth Dog

February 16th begins the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. We leave behind the Year of the Fire Rooster and enter the Year of the Dog. As you may know, each new …

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Spring Into Action!

In Chicago we have been waiting eagerly for Spring and it has finally arrived. In Chinese Medicine, every season has an element attached to it. Spring brings us the Wood element. Wood exemplifies the active energy …

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Anger, Spring and The Element of Wood

Classical Five Element Chinese Medicine theory says that each of the five elements has many associations, including seasons and particular emotions. The emotion related to the wood element is anger. Wood is also the element of …

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The Element of Spring: Wood

The foundation of Chinese philosophy is based on the idea that human beings are a part of this universe and integral to the dynamic flow of nature just as animals and plants. For that reason, …