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Introduction to Medical Feng Shui

Feng Shui is one of the eight traditional limbs of Chinese medicine, and analysis of a patient’s residence according to Forms School, Compass School and Underground Meridians can be of great diagnostic value.

Any yin yang, structural, Elemental and geopathic imbalances and toxins in the domestic and outer environment will not only reflect in constitutional health and life-path, but may also have a causal effect on specific disease patterns. Environmental changes enacted according to Feng Shui principles may be the most powerful therapeutic intervention that can be made on a patient’s behalf.


Fig. 1: The Three Gifts – san cai – reveal the full range of feng shui influences.

The Eight Limbs of traditional Chinese medicine are: acupuncture, astrology, dietary and herbal medicine, exercise, Feng Shui, massage, meditation, and moxibustion.

Feng Shui, literally ‘wind water’, is the study of people’s relationships and resonances with their living environment, and has much to offer in the medical context. Just ‘as above, so below’, so equally ‘as within, so without’. Patients’ internal meridian and organ imbalances are generally reflected in their home environments and vice versa.

An earlier term for Feng Shui is Kan Yu, Kan representing Heaven and by extension higher areas, and Yu representing Earth and lower areas of land. Humanity is in the position of being the intermediary between Heaven and Earth, and thrives when it learns to balance these two forces.

The san cai / Three Gifts: tian / Heaven, di / Earth and ren / Humankind encompass all aspects of Feng Shui (fig. 1), and are often found symbolised in tripartite architectural plans and forms.

Feng Shui is rooted in Daoist philosophy, which perceives a unity in which every being, living and dead, is connected, and most strongly so within a family lineage. The destinies of descendants are influenced by ancestors’ graves, and the destinies of ancestors are influenced by the provision of good house sites for their descendants.


Within this philosophy are the Five Lucks, representing five variables in the human experience of life, in order of importance:-
Ming – Destiny, includes the concepts of destiny inherited from ancestry and also the ming of a site: every site has its timely rightful owner; Yun – Luck, Timing, distinguishes between the luck every human creates and the luck over which one has no control;

Feng Shui – Wind Water, Geomancy, is centrally concerned with the external environment and how it can reflect and influence the internal environment (and vice versa), It is a basic tenet that an alteration to the external form of a home will cause an internal shift within its inhabitants, so a Feng Shui cure can affect the other four Lucks, including ming;
Yin De – Virtue, represents good deeds and service to others;
Du Shu – Knowledge, represents education and self-cultivation.

Feng-Shui-Harmony-of Heaven-and-Earth-in-the-landscape

Fig. 2: the optimal elevation of site within landscape is considered to harmonise Heaven and Earth and optimise the balance of wealth and health.


Since the Song Dynasty [960-1279 AD], two main schools of Feng Shui have evolved: the Xing Shi Pai / Forms School, based on the subjective observation of the physical world, and the Li Qi Pai / Compass School, based on the objective observation of the subtle and intangible world using the Luopan or Feng Shui Compass.

In practice both are used together, as well as the divining of the ‘Mysterious Underground Energies’ directly, in order to determine the auspiciousness of a site.


Forms School precepts

The health of the Mountain Dragons behind a property are reflected in the physical and social health of the occupants, while the quality of Water Dragons to the front of a property are reflected in their prosperity. The rear of the property, including the location of bedrooms, ideally embodies the Mountain principle, while the front door and reception rooms invite the Water principle (fig. 2).

The concepts of yin and yang are etymologically derived from landscape imagery, their Chinese characters representing the ‘shady’ and ‘sunny side of a mountain’ respectively. The revolution of yin yang generates the si xiang / Four Celestial Spirits, whose ideal template suggests optimal location of residence within landscape for prosperity, health and harmony (fig. 3).



Feng-Shui-ideal -form-school

Fig. 3: the idealised arm-chair formation of landscape around a site balances the elements of shui / Water (Tortoise), mu / Wood (Dragon), huo /Fire (Phoenix), and jin / Metal (Tiger) to yield harmony in tu /Earth (Snake).


The central portion of a property is known as the tai ji or great centre-pole, the vertical axis connecting earth and heaven from which everything hangs, depends and revolves.

The clarity of this central area is crucial to the spiritual and physical health of the household, with respect to design and usage of the space (far better to place a hearth or shrine here than a toilet), and particularly with reference to the quality and cleanliness of the Underground Energies at this point - a precept echoed in Vastu and other geomantic traditions.

Compass School precepts

The ba gua / Eight Trigrams arranged around the tai ji can give indications of which family members are likely to suffer health disturbances, and in which physiological systems, corresponding to the location of problem areas (fig. 4).



Fig. 4: ascription of trigrams to family members
body parts and physiological systems, Early Heaven sequence.


Qian represents the head, brain, spinal cord and central nervous system.   In medical diagnosis, poor feng shui in this quadrant can suggest malignancies and other severe diseases and extreme mental and emotional states.

Dui represents the oral cavity, digestive and reproductive systems, and can denote chronic diseases, slow onset and long-term sequelae, nutritional and sexual factors, over-excitement and frenzied states of mind.

Li represents the cardio-vascular system, eyes, tongue and small intestine.   It denotes inflammation, fever, erythema, metabolic problems, delirium and hysteria.

Zhen represents the sensory, motor and sympathetic nervous systems, the legs, tendons, liver and gall bladder.   It suggests sudden or moving diseases, painful diseases of sudden onset and quick recovery, problems with birth, growth and development, and sudden rages.

Xun represents the respiratory and parasympathetic nervous systems and large intestine.   It suggests mild illnesses, prolonged recovery, latent fevers, liver wind and liver yin emptiness, and grief.

Kan represents the kidneys, urogenital system, bones, blood, body fluids, marrow, lower abdomen, ears, hair and eyesight.   It suggests cold conditions, accumulated stagnant toxins, bacteria, viruses and poisons, anxiety, phobias and fear.

Gen represents the skull and upper back, neck, shoulders, hands, the joints and the male genitalia.   It suggests stubborn diseases, immovable obstructions, circulation blockages, tumours, constant swellings, loss of resistance, injuries, and stuck states of mind.

Kun represents the digestion, spleen, stomach, pancreas, female reproductive system and subcutaneous tissue.   It suggests chronic slow-moving illnesses and depression.

External environmental deficits are read through the trigram ascription to family members, physiological systems and meridians primarily in the Fu Xi or Early Heaven diagram, and internal design issues through the Wen Wang or Later Heaven sequence (fig. 5).


Fig. 5: ascription of trigrams to Elements, Later Heaven sequence.


Fig. 6: ascription of trigrams to 12 Main and 8 Extraordinary Meridians, Early Heaven sequence (read inwards).

Remedial actions in particular gua sectors of the property will bring corresponding health benefits (fig. 6).

The wu xing / Five Elements can give indications of likely meridian and organ disturbances and cures according to the strengths and weaknesses of the feng shui of the particular property (fig. 7).

For example, a dead tree or ugly pylon to the southwest can negatively impact digestion and reproduction, while a fire-element enhancement to the south of a property can benefit a resident’s heart meridian.

More detailed Compass School styles can give more specific indications: san he / Triple Combination, ba zhai / Eight House Portents, and the bespoke ming gua / Destiny Trigram styles can provide indications of areas of a property likely to provoke illness in all or some members of the household.



Fig. 7: the Five Elements and assignations. In traditional Chinese medicine Wood rules the liver, gall bladder, tendons, nerves, nails & eyes; Fire rules the heart, pericardium, small intestine, arteries & tongue; Earth rules the spleen, pancreas, stomach, muscles, lips & mouth; Metal rules the lungs, large intestine, skin, body hair & nose; and Water rules the kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs, bones & ears.


Similarly fei xing / Flying Star charts can reveal in which areas of a house and in which time periods there is likely to be sickness qi present (for example a 2 – 5 Star combination). These charts can also yield recommendations for room use or timely vacation, and Five Element cures, amelioration and enhancements as preventative or curative medicine.

Ba zi / Eight Characters / Four Pillars progressed birth charts provide indications of helpful and unhelpful Elements for individuals during different time periods, which can inform both the design of their home and the choice of helpful herbs and Meridian acupoints.

The study of these Heavenly cycles in time and space will reveal potential danger periods and areas, and the quality of Earth Meridian qi in the respective sectors determines how profoundly the Heavenly disharmony will manifest in impacting on physical health.


The Mysterious Underground Energies

Healthy, fertile qi is termed sheng qi; any hostile qi or form in the environment that is threatening to health or fortune is termed sha - this could be an astrological threat arising in a chart, a visible psychological or tangible threat in the environment (figs. 8, 9) or most importantly (as the Chinese character for sha suggests – fig. 10) from geopathic stress.

The surface of the earth is woven with a pattern of etheric threads identical in energy and importance to the meridians of the human body.

Fig. 8: examples of visible environmental
 sha impacting on Heavenly qi entering a front door
Fig. 9:  remedies for the situation
depicted above.


Chen Su Xiao [d.1332 C.E.] wrote:

“In the subterranean regions there are alternate layers of earth and rock and flowing spring waters. These strata rest upon thousands of vapours (qi) which are distributed in tens of thousands of branches, veins and threadlike openings...The body of the earth is like that of a human being... Water flows in subterranean courses called Lung Mai - Dragon Meridians.   Passing to and fro out of sight, the hidden veins of water serve, like the bloodstream of animals, to remove impurities from the body of the earth... and to deposit curative minerals within it [cf. wei qi and ying qi]... The earth’s circulatory system is matched by an ever-undulating network of currents in the atmosphere. The currents, running through the mai / Meridians, carry the qi / breaths of life”.

These Meridians are responsible for the health and growth of the natural realms of the landscape, and any interruption to their strength and harmonious flow has subtle but profound effects upon the health of the local natural life above.

ideogram- for-sha
Fig. 10: the ideogram for sha / killing qi, (top) derives from the sub-characters sha / to decapitate, slay (middle), and huo / fire, ascending flames (bottom): thus a killing fire force coming from the ground (Ong Hean-Tatt, 1997, p.336; Wieger, 1927, pp.65, 126, 290).

The earth’s Underground Meridians, most notably the Mountain Dragon veins that follow ridges and spurs, and the underground Water Dragon veins often found every few yards, are regularly disturbed by excavations for building foundations, road and railway cuttings and embankments, sewers and drains, quarries, mines, metal posts and pilings, and other ground-works.

In many cultures offerings have traditionally been made to the local landscape spirits before such works are undertaken, as for example in foundation stone ceremonies, to minimise any such disturbance.

Traumatic blockage of the long mai / Dragon Meridians, and resulting stagnation in their qi flows gives rise to toxic sha qi, poisonous energy which rises vertically from these underground meridians and can have major health implications for those living directly above.

The Ming dynasty [1368-1644] text Shui Peng Ba Zhen Fa / Eight Needles of the Water Compass Method presents a protocol for divining a variety of underground dangers, including radiations from underground streams and cavities, geological faults, mineral deposits, old wells, tombs, abattoirs and battlefields. The Water Compass Method of divining underground sha has been superseded by the observation of dipping and trembling movements of the central magnetic needle in the luopan, and by the use of dowsing rods and pendulum in contemporary geomantic practice.



Types of geopathic stress and other environmental sha.

    To this traditional list of ‘Mysterious Underground Energies’ modern geopathic stress research has added a detailed differentiation of different types of earth energy line, including

  • underground water veins and their associated information fields (‘white’ or ‘black’ streams)
  • straight overground ley-lines and their attendant yang and yin currents and information fields (holy or disturbed spirit-paths)
  • global geomagnetic grids such as the Hartmann and Curry grids (with their geopathogenic nodes),
  • radon gas (especially with geological faulting but also wherever earth meridian flows are stagnant)
  • and more recent environmental sha such as DC field disruptions from metal objects (most injuriously bed-frames and mattress springs)
  • AC pulsed electomagnetic fields from proximity to electric cables and motors
    industrial and medical ionising radiation sources
  • microwave and radio-wave electro-smog.

The two broad categories of geopathic disturbance are yin - the discharging field, and yang - the charging field, ranging from the geomagnetic baseline of 65,000 nanoTesla by up to 8,000 nT either way (fig. 12).

The yang fields are especially associated with geological fault zones, mineral deposits, ley-lines and double-positive global geomagnetic grid crossings. Yang fields potentiate excess-yang medical conditions such as hypertension, schizophrenia, epilepsy, inflammations and fast-growing tumours.


Fig. 12: Unfortunate bed location in strong discharging field zone - crossing of two underground streams, with added Hartmann and Curry double-negative grid crossings; bottom right: charging field - geological fault.


The yin fields are associated with underground water flows and hollows, double-negative global geomagnetic grid crossing points, and stagnation of meridian qi flow; where two underground streams cross the effect is strengthened, edge-line crossing points being particularly dangerous and linked with the precise site of tumour growth or other problems.

Once the information field associated with an underground Water Dragon contains landscape trauma and resulting stagnant qi flow, all manner of psychic as well as physical toxins can accumulate in the so-called ‘black’ stream.

From this perspective, if a child complains of monsters under the bed, they are probably right. Ascendance of degenerative over generative and regenerative qi occurs in places directly over-lying such streams.

The most frequently found symptoms occurring at an early stage of exposure to such geopathic stress, perhaps immediately on moving to a new house, are sleep disturbances. Early pathological symptoms include restlessness, difficulty in getting to sleep, excessive dreaming, excessively heavy sleep and sleep requirements, waking unrefreshed, cold or restless feet and legs in bed, asthma and respiratory difficulties at night, fatigue and lethargy, unexplained mood changes, aggression and depression.

The Three Heater Meridian is usually first affected, reflecting its role in regulating the interface between the internal and external milieux, and a valuable geopathic stress test point can be found at TH 31/3 (i.e. one third of the distance between TH 3 zhong zhu and TH 4 yang chi in the hollow at the proximal end of the valley between fourth and fifth metacarpals on the dorsum of the hand – also called M-UE-26 jing ling, and N-UE-19(c) yao tong #3). This point also registers electromagnetic stress, may palpate as full and tender or empty and sore on deeper pressure, and is also useful therapeutically (needled or massaged) to help the body discharge accumulated geopathic, technopathic or geopsychic stress.

Prolonged exposure will also compromise the Heart Governor, Spleen or Stomach Meridians and others, according to individual constitutional weakness, as well as specific tones within particular disturbed Earth Meridians – for example, cancer, Crohn’s disease, kidney stones or divorce generating lines can be identified with an extraordinarily high incidence of such problems occurring in residences sited along them.

Over time vital qi depletion states can worsen to provoke arthritis, many symptoms associated with chronically impaired gastro-intestinal, lymphatic and immune systems, infertility, endocrine disturbances, heart and skin diseases, mental disorders, and ultimately wasting and paralysing conditions such as cancers, leukaemia and lymphoma (especially linked with an electro-pollution component), multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, myopathies and other degenerative disorders. Feng Shui traditions and modern Western dowsing literature show a remarkable concordance of experience regarding the medical effects of exposure to geopathic stress.

Ideally places with such malign influences should be avoided - the siting of a patient’s bed is usually the most crucial location, after which come usual chair and working spot, as well as other key areas in the home such as tai ji, front door, and relevant Compass School portent areas. Thus a sha stream passing under the tai ji will compromise the health of the whole household, while one passing through the north-west corner will hurt the father, or the whole household’s central nervous system (Later Heaven Qian gua), as well as anyone sleeping directly over it.

Curative Earth Acupuncture is the treatment of choice to release landscape trauma and restore the healthy flow of qi to injured underground Water or Mountain Dragons, transforming ‘black’ streams back to ‘white’ in the language of traditional European dowsing, or sha streams back to healthy sheng streams in the Feng Shui idiom. This may involve the temporary or permanent insertion of wood, metal or stone needles into xue / acupoint nodes along the meridian pathways outside in the garden to heal and harmonize the disturbed qi, as well as dialogue with distressed local elemental spirits and ghosts. Follow-up visits may be desirable at three-monthly, yearly, or longer intervals to maintain the spiritual hygiene of the lines, especially in more pressured urban environments or after local foundation digging or other ground-works. Protective charms and modern radionic and multi-wave oscillator devices may also provide a degree of shielding. Appropriate medicinal herbs for a patient are frequently to be found growing in their garden along the stressed Earth Meridians responsible for their compromised health (Creightmore, 2007).

Representative Case Histories

1. Female, 40s, with 3 cm malignant tumour in upper-right right breast. Dowsing revealed a crossing of sha stream edge lines under the bed exactly at the location of the tumour in her usual sleeping position. Earth acupuncture to resolve all geopathic stress in the home, plus Earth and Water Element cures to relevant ming gua sectors. Tumour removed by surgery, natural medicine to heal and strengthen, recommended 6-monthly checks of Earth Meridians to prevent recurrence.

2. Male, 50s, with 6 cm. malignant oesophageal tumour. Dowsing revealed a crossing of sha stream edge lines under the bed precisely in the region of the oesophagus. Earth acupuncture performed throughout the property to resolve geopathic stress. Tumour completely vanished by next scan three weeks later to doctors’ astonishment (we could wish that this was so in every case).

3. Male, 30s, with massive fast-growing liver tumour. Dowsing revealed a very strong geopathic stress pattern similar to that represented in Fig. 10, with the addition of a geological fault line running across the lower half of the bed. Earth acupuncture plus recommendation to move the bed to a different bedroom. Died within days.

4. Female, 50s, with recurrent minor respiratory infections and mid-back pains despite a healthy diet and lifestyle and regular natural medicine. Dowsing revealed two low-grade sha streams crossing under the bed. Earth acupuncture to resolve geopathic stress repeated yearly, reports a much stronger immune system with almost no recurrence of viral infections for last three years.

5. Female, 40s, presenting with unexplained stabbing pains in right groin experienced for over a year. Pains were unresponsive to 3 months of acupuncture and cranio-sacral therapy, earth acupuncture to resolve low-grade geopathic stress under the bed helped reduce frequency and duration of attacks slightly; pains vanished completely days after removing the dartboard used by her teenage sons from the tai ji area in the centre of the home.


The aim of feng shui is to seek the healthy sheng qi and avoid the unhealthy sha qi. Many of the traditional principles concern the preservation of a healthy natural environment and the sensible siting and design of dwellings for the avoidance of the ill-effects of harmful radiations. Attention to all these levels of feng shui presented, particularly the underground energies, may be of great help in resolving many acute and chronic medical conditions.

© Richard Creightmore 2013


Creightmore, R. (2008) Geopathic Stress. Dowsing Today – The Journal of the British Society of Dowsers, 41 300-302, 42 303-304 9, 5 parts. [A comprehensive article on geopathic stress, with extensive bibliography, also available at the author’s website:]
Creightmore, R. (2011). Feng Shui. Glastonbury: Wooden Books.
Ong Hean-Tatt, (1997). Amazing Scientific Basis of Feng Shui.  Kuala Lumpur: Eastern Dragon Press.
Wieger, L. (1927, 1965). Chinese Characters. (Trans. Davroux L.) (2nd Ed.). New York: Dover & Paragon.

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