Collection: Triple Warmer
The Triple Warmer channel, also known as the San Jiao channel, is one of the twelve main channels in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM principles, the Triple Warmer channel is responsible for regulating the flow of Qi, or energy, throughout the body and maintaining the body's internal balance. The channel is said to have a profound impact on the body's metabolic processes and is closely related to the function of the endocrine system.
The Triple Warmer Channel
In TCM, the Triple Warmer channel is said to begin at the tip of the ring finger, travels upwards to the chest, throat, and forehead, and then circles around the eyes, ears, and back to the fingers. It's believed that the Triple Warmer channel is divided into three sections, Upper Warmer, Middle Warmer, and Lower Warmer. Each one corresponds to a different part of the body and has specific functions.
Herbs that Enter the Triple Warmer Channel
When an herb is said to "enter" the Triple Warmer channel, it means that the herb is believed to have a specific effect on the Qi flowing through that channel and the organ or organ system associated with it. Herbs that enter the Triple Warmer channel are said to have a warming effect on the body and are used to tonify Qi, increase metabolism and improve the function of the endocrine system.
Examples of herbs that enter the Triple Warmer channel include cinnamon bark, ginger, and licorice. These herbs are often used in combination with other herbs that enter the same channel or different channels to create a formula tailored to an individual's needs and symptoms.
TCM and Western medicine
It's worth noting that the concept of "channels" in TCM is not something that can be directly observed or measured by modern scientific methods and not universally accepted in the Western medicine. However, studies have shown that herbs have medicinal properties and have been used for thousands of years in traditional systems of medicine. And using herbs as a complementary approach to conventional medicine under professional guidance may be a useful approach for some people.
As always, it is important to consult a licensed practitioner before using any herbs, as they may have potential interactions with other medications or medical conditions you may have. They will be able to evaluate your specific needs and guide you in finding the right herbal treatment.