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doTERRA is leading an innovative movement in healthcare in which medical providers take an integrative approach to keep their patients healthy and thriving.
Proven methods of healthcare delivery including traditional western methods, essential oil treatment, and wellness services are utilized in an effort to prevent disease and maintain optimal health.
The use of essential oils in Chinese medicine can be based on a number of classification and formulation systems. These include the law of signatures, five elemental associations, temperature, taste, aroma, and channel affinity. Examples of the most effective oil applications include the body’s eight extraordinary channels, Yuan-source points, Mu-points, and Shu-points. This is very similar to the way in which Chinese herbal medicine is practiced. Essential oils have the power to heal a wide array of complaints, either as a standalone modality or as an adjunct to acupuncture treatments.
Top, Middle, and Base Notes
“Notes” are a way of categorizing oils based on their rate of evaporation. Top notes are oils that evaporate rapidly, often within a few hours. They influence the wei qi (defensive immune system, or external) level of the body, and are generally used to treat acute conditions. Top note oils arouse the senses, serving as an invitation to awaken to change. Commonly used top notes include citruses, mints, and oils in the eucalyptus family.
Middle notes evaporate in five to eight hours, and are used most often for sub-acute issues that reside in the ying level – the blood, internal organs, and cognitive function. With the power to regulate both assimilative and eliminative digestive mechanisms, they are helpful for an array of movement and regulation issues. Middle note essential oils are familiar to most patients because they are derived from common cooking spices, such as coriander, caraway, and fennel. This group also includes the many varieties of chamomiles, melaleucas, geranium, lavender, and essential oil extractions of Chinese herbs like cang zhu (Black Atractylods Rhizone) for damp stagnation and chuan xiong (Ligusticum Wallichii) for blood stagnation and headaches.
Base note oils are thick and evaporate slowly. Their scents typically last 24 to 48 hours, so they are highly effective for chronic, constitutional, or genetic issues at the Yuan level. Base notes include resins, such as frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood; prized florals, such as rose and jasmine; and wood oils like cedar wood.
In therapeutic formulations, essential oils are blended with a specific ratio of oils from each note. This way, blends not only address symptoms, but enter and create change on all levels of the individual. The top note awakens the senses, and is often the first one we can smell. Middle notes are used as the body of a formula to harmonize the humors. Base notes are used as fixatives or stabilizers.
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