Tao (or Dao) is a Chinese word signifying ‘way’, ‘path’, ‘route’, ‘road’, or sometimes more loosely’principle’ or ‘holistic science’. Within the context of traditional Chinese philosophy and religion, the Tao is the intuitive knowing of “life” that cannot be grasped full-heartedly as just a concept but is known nonetheless through actual living experience of one’s everyday being.
The Five Elements are a comprehensive template that organizes all natural phenomena into five master groups or patterns in nature. Each of the Elements—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water—include categories such as a season, a direction, a climate, a stage of growth and development, an internal organ-the categories are seemingly limitless. The Five Elements reflect a deep understanding of natural law, the Universal order underlying all things in our world.
Tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis.
Chinese herbal medicine, also known as Chinese herbology is one of the primary modalities within the scope of Oriental medicine. The tools used in traditional Chinese medicine are acupuncture, diet, massage and medicinal herbs; it places more emphasis on herbal medicine than on acupuncture, as the former allows a patient to treat him- or herself for minor complaints.
We offer professional training programs in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine, Oriental Dietetics, and Taoist Healing Arts. Our programs are developed for healthcare practitioners and lay-students seeking to incorporate herbs and healing foods into their clinical practice or daily lives. Our program encourages people from all walks of life interested in improving their personal health and the health of their clients.
In the body, these Five Elements represent the five major organs – the kidneys, the Liver, the Heart, the Spleen/Stomach/Pancreas and the Lungs – all of which are necessary for survival.
Adaptogenic herbs, also known as the “forgotten foods” are much needed in today’s fast paced modern society. Adaptogens are anti-aging herbs that are beneficial to the whole body. The benefits of herbs known to be adaptogens is that they can restore the body to homeostasis better than any medicine because they target and strengthen the whole body.
Basic Tao Practices focus on the esoteric practices of Taoist Alchemy and internal energy work. They were best organized by Master Mantak Chia in the Universal Tao system he created and include the classic practices of the Six Healing Sounds, Inner Smile, Microcosmic Orbit, and as well as the Sexual Cultivation practices.