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.
jing, qi, shen
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.
Director and Head Instructor
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.
Please call 740-593-7915 or email Three Treasures for more information.
Frances Lea Gander, L.Ac., BA, MFA, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
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