According to Chinese theory, the world can be viewed as an interrelationship of five elements or phases – fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. This theory is steeped in Chinese culture and is used to describe the macrocosm, such as astrology and world events, as well as the microcosm (e.g. acupuncture point relationships, emotions, and overall constitutions).  Each element generates and controls each other, and health is achieved when the energy or qi is able to move through each phase smoothly. Everyone has the energetics of all five phases within their constitution, but one or more of these elements/phases are predominant. Understanding your constitution will help to lay the foundation for health promotion and disease prevention. What is your predominant element?

Chinese nutrition does not fall into the category of fad diets, cleanses, or crash courses. Rather, it encourages individuals to make changes in order to positively influence their own health over the long term by adding in foods that make them feel great while allowing them to explore how other foods may affect them. It provides a jumping off place for the individual to take control of their own health.

At the Nutritional Assessment booth of the SWAC Wellness Fair, you will take a short assessment that will allow our student practitioners to properly assess your body type. You will then be given a sheet to take home detailing information about your constitution, including strengths and weaknesses, and providing specific recommendations for foods you could eat to feel more energetically balanced and positive.

On Wednesday, July 13, from 2 to 4 pm, Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe is hosting a Wellness Fair. The fair will showcase many different applications of Chinese Medicine, not just acupuncture! Whether you have health concerns, have always been curious about acupuncture, or simply want to know what Chinese Medicine is all about, the Wellness Fair is for you. On hand, senior students from SWAC, under the guidance of experienced Doctors of Oriental Medicine, will be offering a variety of modalities to attendees.

Many students at SWAC have taken an interest in Japanese acupuncture, including a style called Meridian Therapy. Meridian Therapy is rooted the Nan Jing, or Classic of Difficulties, which expounds that deficiency and excess are tonified and reduced from a Five Element perspective to bring the body into balance.

The High Desert Hari Society is a non-profit in Santa Fe whose mission is the preservation and transmission of traditional medicine worldwide. Founded by Dr. Ehrland Truitt, DOM, the organization’s original affiliation is with Sensei Koei Kuwahara, a student of the late master Fukushima Kodo, but promotes the study of diverse lineages of acupuncture, herbalism, and healing touch.