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About TCM
Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a 2,500 plus year-old system of healing, there are five basic constitutional types, based on the five Chinese elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal.

Balancing these elements is a key to maintaining health. Each of the five elements of Chinese medicine: wood, fire, earth, metal and water represent certain basic biochemical processes that take place in the body. Unlike Western medicine, which seeks to isolate individual biochemical processes to create "magic bullet" drugs, Oriental medicine looks at the "big picture" of what is going on in the body as a whole.


This holistic approach works better with herbs, because herbs (being complex mixtures of nutrients and bioactive substances) also work on whole body processes. Whichever element you score the highest in is probably the primary biological process that could use some balancing in the body (Find out your element here).

By taking an herbal formula designed to balance these basic metabolic functions, you bring your whole body into greater balance and harmony, and hence, greater health. Read the description of the element you scored highest in first. If the description fits you, you'll want to try one of the Chinese herbal formulas that balance that element.

If you scored fairly evenly in two or three categories, the person we can also help you determine which is the most important one for you to work on. We have other tools, and a more detailed questionnaire to help you determine which Chinese formula would be best for you.

Water is related to the kidneys and bladder. Water people are calm, patient and peaceful.

Wood is related to the liver and gallbladder. Wood people are bold, driven and decisive.

Fire is related to the nerves, circulation and glands. Fire people are charismatic and charming.

Earth is related to the stomach and pancreas. Earth people are nurturing, helpful and loyal.

Metal is related to the lungs and colon. Metal people are precise, orderly and reserved.

Using Chinese Formulas

When using a Chinese formula pick the one that most closely matches your profile and use it first. After that area improves, you can try another formula if you have another strong imbalance.
Be sure to take a sufficient dose.
Many formulas call for as many as 3 or 4 capsules two or three times daily.
Concentrated forms (TCM formula) of these products are available, which reduces the number of capsules required (usally 1 or 2 capsules daily).