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Zang-fu Deep Energy

!!Academic Report on the First Zhongfang International TCM Forum

By Roni Sapir

Academic Dean: East C West School of Classic Chinese Medicine, Israel 


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Chinese Medicine has always contributed new ideas to its way of working. When we come to think about the way of its effect on our inner body organizationwe understand how much we don¨t know, and together with the frustration, whom to ask.

One of the major theory in acupuncture is based on the five elements, saying that the name element is actually wrong and present concept which is contradicted to the real meaning of what it stand for. As element we get the idea of something static, heavy, physical, chemical, material. Speaking about each element as individual we can say that it is right to say that Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water are the real component that our Earth is built from.

From here we must look at the Five Elements as a dynamic, ever flowing, ever changing cycle which give us the basic Sheng and Ke Cycles as from this point onwards the individual elements are no longer static, material and heavy manifestation but a stage of development that the only static concept is the never ending change. Further it will be true to say that in the cycle each stage transformed to different form of existence by its process of development as we can see in nature by the changing of seasons were spring comes out of  winter, summer comes out of spring and so on.

The understanding of Zang C Fu in relation to its action:

As we have understood, the individual function of each organ is vital for the harmonious function of the body, but the organs¨ way of action is more related to the endless cycle of change as seen in the four seasons and biological clock that represents more of an energetic cycle than material one. As we go on with this assumption we have to associate the organs to the seasonal cycle and the biological clock, by doing that we will understand the inner force of each organ that actually act to express it.

The energetic action of the Zang - Fu organs are different than their element correspondences. This arrangement might look strange, but if we think about it, it makes perfect logic.

The Wood by its powerful expansion abilities gives the lungs and intestines the possibility to expand and therefore to disperse Chi and Fluids from the Lungs and to make the peristaltic action of the Colon that is so important for our cleansings.

The fire is in direct connection to the Heart and to the Spirit Shen. The Spleen main action as Transformation and Transportation uses fire energy to do it. Only fire can do transformation, surely not Earth.

The Earth energy represents stability, adaptation and filtering which is so important at the change of each season and for the Liver to store the blood and calm the yang wood; for the Stomach to balance the whole body energetic system as the centre of the body; for the Small Intestine as couple of Heart and centre of digestion; and for the Pericardium as the direct minister of the Heart and the organ that is responsible for communication between the Heart and the other Zang C Fu and vice versa.

The Metal energy is concentrated, hard and focused. The Kidneys must be full and concentrated and that for keeping the yin substances in order and by that to keep the bones hard and the whole body in good strong and centered shape. The Bladder needs the Metal energy to be very sharp pointed in its way of spreading energy to all the organs and supporting the five Shens via the Shu points and the Spirit points.

The Water is penetrating, moving and open stagnation. It is like the action of the Three Heater that responsible to balance the three Jiaos and to irrigate the all body. It is what the gall-bladder does as yang aspect of the wood, as part of Shao Yang division, as Extra fu by storing Jing to give out in the process of growing and to be the representative of the original water that come from heaven in the Stems and Branches (Tian Gan Di Zi) system.

Now after the realization that the organs actually act from these powerful energies we can give this method the name: Zang CFu Deep Energy.

The practical application of Zang C Fu Deep Energy

1The first stage of this realization is change of thinking. From now when we think about the lung we have to visualize wood energy that make the lung function properly, we have to think metal energy when we look at the strength of the kidneys, and so on.

2Looking for the expression of the deep energy at the pulses in pulse diagnosis, like, the Spleen pulse as the Nei Ching states should be soft like feather in the wind; it is because its Fire deep energy that makes the chi so light and airy. The kidney pulse should be like a stone in the river; this is metal energy that makes it hard and heavy. The lung pulse should be flat and superficial as its wood energy make it spread out, etc.

3) Diagnosis of the person state of mind and behavior. A person that lost his central stability we will use Earth Deep Energy; person who looks as he lost his energetic and physical tonus we will use Metal Deep Energy; person that lost his temperature balance like hot outside and cold inside we will use Water Deep Energy and etc.

Major Deep Energy Points

In general all points of each meridian have and introduce the deep energy. All Lung points are Wood Deep Energy points. All Liver points are Earth Deep Energy points, etc.


Acupuncture is a system that the practitioner should be able to see at the same time different dimensions of action and existence. The ability to do so is open us, the practitioners, full spectrum of physical and metaphysical ideas, it makes the practice interesting and with vast and endless knowledge to battle with. Last year I introduced the connection between the I- Ching and Acupuncture, from my point of view these two systems are the foundation understanding of Acupuncture. 

Roni Sapir

Academic Dean: East C west School of Classic Chinese Medicine, Israel,

Chairman, Israeli Association of Classic Chinese Medicine Practitioners



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