The Three Treasures Thread

The “Three Treasures” — Qi, Jing, and Shen — in both Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are described as energies essential for human life. Qi is known as the “life-force energy” and, while circulating throughout the body, is associated in particular with the Liver and Spleen Organ Systems. Jing is known as the “creative energy” and is associated with the Kidney Organ System: kidneys, adrenals, and reproductive organs. Shen is the “spiritual energy” believed to reside in the Heart Organ System. These three energies are inherent in any concept of balance or homeostasis.

At the 2019 Ojai Herbal Symposium we featured a “Three Treasures Thread” that included presentations by David Crow on Qi, Ron Teeguarden on Jing, and Nathan Kaehler on Shen.

This year in 2023 we are honored to have John Hickey, LAc, co-founder of the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, presenting “A Classical Chinese Medicine Overview of the Three Treasures” on Saturday, November 11, at 2:40 p.m. Classical Chinese Medicine predates TCM and can be considered the origin point of the Three Treasures concept.

John also will offer a lunchtime Outdoor Qigong practice on Saturday from 12:50 to 1:20 p.m., weather permitting. If it is raining, the activity will take place in Krotona Hall.

His talk can earn Licensed Acupuncturists one Category 1 CEU. The 1/2 hour Qigong session is worth 0.5 Category 1 CEU.

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