I have a question that has been eating at me for a bit now, and I was wondering if any of you had a good answer to it.
I have mostly been taught up to this time that the energy of the body flows through the 5 elements, with one feeding the next, in a relationship called "mother-child"relationship.For example, Water feeds Wood, feeds Fire, etc.I was led to think that this mirrored the energy flow in the body through the meridians, and that if somebody was Deficient in a particular area, I should feed Qi into the "Mother" of that area(ie treating a Wood deficiency by building the Water element meridians(Kidneys and Bladder meridians.)
However when I look at the"acupuncture clock" as portrayed here:
It seems to say that the Qi flows through the body from one organ system to another according to 2 hr cycles.However it seems that the cycle from one meridian to the next very distinctly does not follow the generation cycle(Metal seems to feedEarth, seems to feed Fire, seems to then feed Water, and Suplemental Fire, and then feeds Wood.I do not follow the logic of how this relates to the Generation cycle, or even IF it does.
I was wondering if and or how these two maps of energetic functioning overlapped,and how they are integrated clinically?
Thankyou for your time ,and for maintaining an invaluable resourse for all TCM and other practitioners.