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WU XING–OUR LINK WITH THE UNIVERSE

Wu Xing began as early as 500 BCE and attempted to interpret the structure and origins of all things in the universe. Wu means five and xing means “to act” or “to do,” with Wu Xing translating as five phases or five elements. According to the book, Hung Fan, or “Great Plan,” the five elements first created were earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. Hung Fan states that the human and natural worlds are intertwined by these interactive, dynamic substances. Between 350 and 270 BCE, Zou Yen and his followers first systematized the five element concept. Below is a simplified list of the elements and their attributes.

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EARTH METAL WATER WOOD FIRE
Indian Summer Fall Winter Spring Summer
Sweet Pungent Salty Sour Bitter
Center West North East South
Spleen Lungs Kidneys Liver Heart
Compassion Sadness Fear Anger Happiness

According to Chinese philosophy, we are constantly transforming from one element to another. By understanding how we relate to each element and how to navigate to other elements, we can move smoothly through life.


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Three Treasures Health Center offers the Chinese medicine-based services of acupuncture, herbalism, taiji (tai chi) and qigong. Frances Gander is licensed to practice acupuncture in Ohio and is nationally board certified. She has 16 years of experience in acupuncture and herbalism and nearly 30 years of experience in the Chinese internal arts –taiji and qigong. Her former office was near Baltimore in Sykesville MD. Frances is a native of Wisconsin.

Directions to 119 Central Avenue: From State Route 33, take the Columbus Road exit and turn toward Athens (not Amesville). Go past the auto dealers and offices on Columbus Road, then go up the hill. Get in the right lane, and turn right at the stop sign onto Second Street. Take Second Street for several blocks down hill to the stop sign at Central Avenue. Turn right onto Central Avenue and look for a small one-story pale green house on left. office

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