Acupuncture and emotions (Diagnostic Categories of Correspondence)

Prof. N. Nikolaev
Dzirnavu Str. 6-2, 1010 Riga-10, Latvia

The emotional component of health and illness is compelling. The great contemporary interest in physiology and psychiatry, particularly in industrialized nations, is partly recognition of the importance of emotional factors in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases.

Chinese holistic theories of emotional disorders were developed in ancient times and were expressed chiefly through two metaphoric systems of correspondences: “Yin-Yang” and “Wu-Xin”

Several contemporary authors have made creative interpretations and expressions of those Chinese ancient principles.

We are going to present here a new method of diagnosing the emotional factors which revises the above mentioned ancient categories and integrates them with five additional metaphoric systems.

This study proposes to:

expand the categorization of emotions

correct the inconsistences and

develop a more inclusive diagnostic differentiation of emotional deficiencies and excesses.

The method is to revise each of the Five Element emotional categories into their healthy and pathological forms, and to further differentiate the pathological forms, dividing them into Yin (deficient) and Yang (excessive) forms.

A further differentiation of pathological emotional categories is presented by utilizing five other systems of correspondence: structures of One, Three, Four, Six and Seven.