sheng cycle

sheng cycle (sng sīˑ·kl),

n in traditional Chinese medicine, one of the two cycles of the five elements, considered the creative cycle representing the relationships between the five elements where one element nourishes or creates the next element in the cycle. The sheng cycle may be compared to the relationship between a mother and child in terms of nurturing. A therapeutic application of the sheng cycle could be a situation in which a patient's liver energy is disproportionate to the kidney energy.

Sheng cycle

within the Five Element theory of acupuncture, this is the creative, engendering, productive or generating cycle in which each of the elements creates the element to its right in a clockwise direction. Fire produces Earth, Earth produces Metal, Metal produces Water, Water produces Wood, and Wood produces Fire.
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In Five-Element acupuncture it is thought that through birth or early childhood a constitutional weakness develops to the point where it impedes the flow of energy around the Sheng cycle.
This can be either through environmental or emotional causes but eventually it will affect the metal elements ability to pass on energy by the sheng cycle to the water element (the child).
As the flow of the sheng cycle strengthens, the patient moves back into balance with themselves, their relationships, their work and the world in which they live.