The Pacific College community has probably noticed the illustrated Acupuncture Energy Charts hanging around the PCOM clinic. Well, did you know they were actually created by PCOM Faculty Member Michael Spatuzzi? Who says you can’t be an “artistic” healer? We love this chart and how it depicts the commonly used points and their energies via color coded shapes and symbols.
We asked Michael what inspired him to create this piece, which combines art and Oriental medicine: “I made the chart many years ago because I wanted an attractive visual aid to remember the qualities of the acupuncture points,” Spatuzzi said.
Would you like your own Acupuncture Energy Chart to hang in your acupuncture practice or even at home? Visit: www.AcupunctureChart.com for ordering info. Let us know if you love this chart too and better yet, post a picture of your own of something that artistically inspires you…
It’s been a long work week and the weekend is almost here! Try some of these Shiatsu self-massage techniques to get you through the day…Mental Clarity and Eye Fatigue are good ones!
Happy Monday! Hope this artsy depiction of meditation inspires peace and positive energy throughout your week!
Nǐ hǎo! (or Hello!) We’re excited to welcome you to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s new blog: Essence & Qi! If you are wondering what our name means or where it comes from,here’s what you need to know:
- Essence and Qi are believed to be the essential energies sustaining human life. All living things possess essence and qi, and each of these energies are fundamental to an individual’s well-being.
- Essence: translated from the Chinese word: Jing, is the essential fluid of our physical body, stored in our kidneys. People are born with essence and consume it throughout life. By taking care of your body, you save essence, while on the other hand, negativity such as: illness, stress, etc. use up essence. When a person dies, their essence is completely consumed.
- Qi: is the “breath or “life-energy” inherent in all living things. In TCM, sickness and pain arise when a person’s qi becomes unbalanced or blocked. Oriental medicine techniques such as acupuncture can help balance a person’s qi and heal ailments caused by the imbalance.
We believe essence and qi are key components to a person’s overall health and happiness. We hope our blog can help enlighten, entertain, and spark your thoughts along the way. Please comment on our posts and share with your friends too! We’d love to hear from you!
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“Know well this secret formula wondrous and true: Spare and nurse the vital forces, this and nothing else. All power resides in the semen [jing], the breath [qi], and the spirit [shen]; Guard these with care…” Journey to the West