Alchemical Healing: Body, Spirit, and Story

At the core of traditional Chinese medicine is the ancient wisdom based on Taoist alchemy – that the divine is present on earth and the spirit is manifest in the body.  The Five Spirits can be viewed as a Taoist version of the Vedic Chakras present in each person’s form.  The Spirits of Fire, Wood, Earth, Metal, and Water balance the yang and yin of our being, the masculine and the feminine, Heaven and Earth.  Each of us has qualities of these spirits in our nature, like animating deities who reside within us.  Understanding these elements can help open the door to the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of our own well-being. 

We want to share the principles of Alchemical Healing with you as a way to understand your personal experiences and unique relationship to the processes of adaptive healing and restoring overall health.  We want to help you listen to your body and create your own story.  This ancient wisdom and mythic perspective gives us a narrative and visualization to treat the complex relationship between mind, body, and spirit and bring each person into harmony with him or herself and the world. 

Do you have a story to share?

Adapted from Five Spirits Alchemical Acupuncture, Lori Eve Dechar. 

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