Bian and Hua 變化

These two terms are used varyingly in Chinese Medicine. They both signify change, change in pathology, or transition of the state of the body. They are not however used interchangeably. Bian, according to Wiseman, defines it as a major transmutation. Used in the Shan han lun, Bian zheng, it states a conversion of pattern from polar shift of state. Through improper use and diagnosis, a repletion can change to a depletion due to an inappropriate treatment. An outward change is shown, in a symptomatic systemic change in the body. For example an excessive fire needle treatment to a cold damage, can cause an excess, with palpitations and oppression in the chest where there was a deficiency. It is also used in transmutational patterns from one of the six levels to another.

Hua on the other hand, is an internal essential change. It is usually used in processes of the body. In describing the ripening of food in the digestive tract, Hua, is the change from a food particular to a nutrient. It is the process of change from ingested water to urine. It is the change of an external influence into an internal manifestation. Such as in the introduction of an external invasion, that stagnates the body’s qi, that qi in turn may transform into heat, fever, and the like.

Bian tends to be associated with form (xing) and hua with matter (zhi). When a snowman melts, the form changes (bian) as the snow melts, hua, to water.”  In chinese medicine one would use herbs or points that would help transform, Hua, a phase of the body, such as heat, water, or wind into another phase, where as bian would be more of a systemic outward change in pattern of the body, or state of health.

 

September and the Hen

Following Summer’s Decline

Tiao and Du 调,度

Zhang Yanhua’s book, Transforming Emotions with Chinese Medicine, is a genuine mesh of anthropological, contemporary analytic, and Chinese Scholarship. It examines how Chinese Medicine has change over the past 100 years in modernisation. It examines how in this brief period, compared to the history of the medicine, it has struggled in its legitimacy against western bio-medicine. In comparison, He uses Tiao and Du, as valuable tools for a Practitioner in achieving results.

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Tiao, attunement, is a gauge where health is a negotiation between the Practitioner and the Patient. Tiao is the patient’s sense as where his health is an where it is going. For the Practitioner, it is the constant assessment of the patient’s state at any particular time, whether it is measured by pulse, tongue, examination, and relation. The Practitioner does his best to understand from where the patient is coming from, and this leads us to Du- position or degree. Du, tells us everything about the patient, whether, his circumstances are created or caused by environmental, accidental, emotional, or other particulars. It is the intensity and the severity of the said illness, or discomfort. The Practitioner, does his best to ameliorate, abate, or strengthen from the position that as most efficacious. Clinically different methods could be used, but most importantly is the one of connection. Though, the Practitioner is not a therapist or psycho-analyst, He/She must do what is necessary to relate and extract the most salient information from the patient so as to create the best situation for healing. This is a very insightful book, since it give a glimpse into what Chinese Medicine can be at these crossroads in time

Transforming Emotion with Chinese Medicine.

More Podcasts

These are the last two months. Enjoy.

Herbal Podcast

Lately, I’ve been doing an herbal podcast, that puts together a classical chinese viewpoint of how herbs were categorized and used back way back when. I’ve attempted to show how the Ancient Chinese, arranged nature in a Holistic viewpoint. By using the Chinese Zodiac, the Ancient Chinese were able to figure out when were the most profitable times to tend to their agricultural needs.

Treatment of Bipolar disorder Prt. 2

As mentioned before in the previous blog,  harmony of the emotions is essential for health in Chinese Medicine. The paired organ systems of the body correspond to the emotions of  anger/assertion, joy/excitement, contemplation/worry, esteem/grief, and determination/fear.

These are the paired viscera and bowels of the Liver/gallbladder, Heart/Small-Intestine, Spleen/Stomach, Lung/Large Intestine, and Kidney and Bladder. Each of these organ systems intertwine accordingly and balance each other. When one is active, it is yang, when the other is receiving it is yin. One has a tendency to be yang and another would have the tendency to be yin. Both have a mutual interplay that keeps them conjoined for further growth. When there is an excess or a deficiency in one or the other, the interplay between yin and yang either becomes obstructed or separated. This leads to ill-ease, stress, pain, lack of function, not just physically but emotionally. The mind/body continuity losses its strength, and the harmonious balance that was before slackens, then loosens, and may eventually get out of control.

This is where excesses and deficiencies come into play, one emotion is necessary for the other to begin or end, and continue. When one dominates the other in the body`there are counterbalances and countermovements. The fluidity of the body is curtailed or thrown off, and something must be done. This may lead the body to act out and react in ways it doesn’t normally act.

The extreme imbalances in a bi-polar disorder creates these mood swings from mania to depression, as one emotion feeds off the fumes of the excesses of the other. Anger surges in to brief moments of joy that are quickly grasped upon with little to no insight, worry, self-examination, fear or lack of respect.The craving for that release continues the cycle, until there is no drive to continue. The instinctual impulse of flight or fight, the fear and anger moving the cycle in one way or the other, is burnt out, and all that is left is the abject horror of playing dead to a reality that has passed by.

So one may ask how would acupuncture regulate one’s emotions? How would Chinese herbs help the body reconnect with the mind, so that the mutual interplay between yin and yang would not fall out of control?

Acupuncture helps to reconnect the body in ways that it has forgotten. It reminds the body that it was connected in this way before it was stressed out or forced into patterns that it must adjust to in life. The paired organ/vessels express themselves through the acupuncture channels in the body, that can be tapped into through touch, manipulation, or simply a thin filiform needle. Movement then can be regulated to help release areas that may be stuck or impaired.

Chinese herbs aid internally to help unblock the bowels and to aid with circulation. They aid through the use of taste to brighten the senses, lighten the mind, and ground the body.

Feel free to ask any questions or to schedule an appointment.

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