The 12 Elixirs
Using the Manual
The 12 Elixirs is designed to be read from start to finish. Regardless of age or condition, information in each of the chapters is designed to help one understand their personal state of health, how they might have gotten there, and what one can do to improve health. However, if you have a pressing health concern we propose the following:
Locate information specific to your immediate concern:
1. All health problems involve your organs. Find the organs in need of attention on the chart on Page 443*. Identify the main organ/organs of concern. Your organs of concern are those organs which are most out of balance and therefore the probable cause of your symptoms.
It is very important that you identify and begin correcting the organs out of balance even if you do not understand their connection to your symptoms. For example, a skin condition such as psoriasis may be due to a kidney imbalance. Therefore, addressing the kidney organ will correct the symptoms of the skin. For example, if you have a previous or current history of many tooth problems, ear problems, general excessive fearfulness/anxiety, and a severe dislike of winter and few of the characteristics associated with Lung/Large Intestine (which are also associated with skin) then a kidney imbalance is the most probable cause of the psoriasis.
If your symptoms occur at a specific time of day check the chart on the top of page 442** to identify the associated organ. You may also find more information in chapter 3 (page 20).
2. Read page 440
3. Note the organ nurturing and controlling relationships on the bottom drawing on page 442***.
Make changes appropriate for your body:
4. Read the likes/dislikes - pages 444-461, of your organ of concern. Make changes. For example, if kidneys are an organ of concern and you see that you engage in many of the behaviors which kidneys do not like, then changing those behaviors is indicated, as is incorporating those behaviors that kidneys thrive on.
5. Address the likes/dislikes of the associated nurturing and controlling organs. Read through the lists. Compare with how you live. Make changes as you see fit.
6. Read all of Part III, (page 289). Begin making changes. These are foundational!
Understand the why and how, (important!):
7. Read the Introduction, Chapters 1, 2 (pages xv - 19).
Making changes, level 2:
8. Regardless of the condition you have, read Chapter 6 on Environment (page 90) to rule out any environmental factors that may be causing or aggravating your condition. Environmental cause of illness is extremely common and is especially important for longstanding conditions.
9. To ensure that you are getting the most out of your food read Appendix I Food, (page 383). Apply.
10. If you are taking supplements read Appendix N Vitamins (page 465) to ensure that you get the most out of them.
11.Read and apply the information in Appendix H - Exercise, (page 366) to help your body improve the functions of your organs and metabolism.
12.Help your gut and nervous system help you heal - read Appendix K - Massage, (page 437).
13.Read through the remaining Appendices and utilize information as desired.
Reading your body, following its cues:
14.Read Chapters 3,4, & 5 (page 20).
15.Your Ultimate Ally – your Mind - Read Chapter 7 (page 109).
Understanding your history, changing your future:
16.Most health problems begin in early life. Read Part II (page 155).
17.Going forward, read Chapters 8 and 9 (page 142).
Important things to consider:
A. The organ with the most bothersome symptoms may not be the organ causing the symptoms. For example, a bowel condition may be due to liver dysfunction; a skin condition may be due to a kidney problem.
B. Health is a matter of balance. All of the organs have to be working properly for any one of them to be working properly. Every organ affects every other organ. Your body is like a collection of water molecules contained in a pond. Drop a pebble in anywhere and every water molecule eventually feels the ripple.
C. Do work through other parts of the book. For example, if you have rheumatoid arthritis you may have figured out through the charts that you need to address the condition of your kidneys. In reading about what your kidneys like and do not like you will have read that the kidneys do not like chemical pollutants. This would encourage you to read Chapter 6, (page 90) regarding the environment. Reading that the kidneys like walking might encourage you to read the Appendix on Exercise, (page 366) - all exercises given help the kidneys. You will have read that kidneys are associated with the prostate and uterus. This might encourage you to read about the maintenance those organs need. If you are an adult this might encourage you to read chapter 15 Adulthood, (page 261). You would find information here also regarding the kidneys. Having read the chapter on Adulthood you will find that adult health is dependent on what happened to you earlier in life and you may be surprised by what relevant information you find in reading all of Part II - The Phases of Life, etc.
*Any extreme indicates an imbalance that needs correcting. Too much or too little can cause a problem. Too much or too little salt can cause a kidney imbalance. A craving for sweet indicates a probable imbalance of the stomach/spleen/pancreas. A strong dislike for bitter may indicate a small intestine/heart imbalance.
**If you wake up coughing every morning at 3:30AM you probably need to address the lung system. If you have difficulty breathing every evening especially between 5-7 PM then the kidney needs to be addressed. (A qualified health practitioner, or a good book on traditional medicine can explain the specifics as to why this is so.)
***The nurturing energy of organs progresses clockwise around the circle, i.e. the small intestine nourishes the pancreas. The controlling energy of organs follows the pattern indicated by the bold arrows. i.e. The kidneys have a controlling effect upon the heart.
All good medicine,