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?

Tui Na is the ancient healing art of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with acupuncture and herbal medicine. The name Tui Na means to push (Tui) and grasp (Na) and conveys the vigorous nature of this hands on healing system. It not only works on the muscles and joints, but also at a deeper level affecting the flow of energy called qi (pronounced chee). In the body, qi flows through channels, called meridians, and supplies nourishment to all the organs, tissues, and the mind. Tui Na applies pressure to the meridians and to specific points on these meridians. This affects the flow of qi so that it moves freely and evenly throughout the body. The distribution of qi within your body has profound effects on all aspects of your wellbeing: emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual.

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.