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eTip-0015   Accessing the Metaphors Section in eTouch for Health V3


Metaphors are now one of the standard
Touch for Health techniques in eTouch.

Metaphors have been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for ages. These descriptive words and phrases are used to convey attributes of the Five Elements: emotions; sounds; colors; tastes; seasons and other aspects. In the last works of Dr. John Thie with his son, Matthew, they expanded the Touch for Health Metaphors to reflect the movements of the muscle tests as they relate to the Elements within the context of a goal-setting TFH balancing session.

eTouch includes both the traditional TCM metaphors for the Elements and Meridians as well as the expanded set of muscle-testing Metaphors created by John and Matthew. These metaphors can be used as creative dialogue during a balancing session and are a powerful balancing technique.

Metaphors are simple questions that the person being balanced briefly contemplates upon how these questions relate to their life and their goal. Amazingly, this simple pondering of these questions can cause a previously unlocking muscle to lock and energetic balance to return.

The mind-body connection
becomes immediate and obvious.

There are three main ways that the Metaphors are integrated into eTouch:

  • Stand-alone Metaphors Reference accessed
    from the Charts Menu
  • Integrated as a standard balancing technique
    in the Muscles Reference & Sessions
  • Dynamic Metaphor Balancing Tool during an
    active session

In this eTip, we will examine the stand-alone Metaphor Reference and show where these are integrated into the Muscles Reference. In a later eTip, we will examine in detail how to use the Metaphors in an active Session.

Note: These observations have not been scientifically verified. Touch for Health and eTouch for Health are not used for the diagnosis or treatment of disease. For all serious and life-threatening issues, continuing or worsening symptoms, contact a health care professional.

Accessing Metaphors Reference in eTouch
  • Click the Charts button on the Main Menu.

Charts Button

Charts Button: Third button down in far right column.

eTouch Main Menu

You will be taken to the Charts Menu (shown below).

Charts Menu

In this tip we are going to look at the
features of eTouch.

Metaphors Button

  • Click the Metaphors Icon on the top right.

The Charts Menu, shown below, provides easy access to many of the most frequently used charts in Touch for Health.

Charts Menu

Metaphors Icon
Large Red Q with Five Elements icon inside.

  The Metaphors Reference




Metaphors - Heart Meridian

The Metaphors for the Fire Element, the Heart Meridian and the Subscapularis will be displayed.

To change Elements: Click the button in the menu bar across the top on the Element to see its related Metaphors. In our example below, we will select the Earth Element.

To change Meridians: Select the Meridian from the Meridian(s) popup menu.

Note: In an active session, only muscles that have tested weak or unlocking will show up in the list.


Heart Metaphors


First we will change Elements

• Click the yellow Earth button (shown on right).

Earth Button

Earth Metaphors

The Earth Element metaphors are displayed.

To change Muscles in a Meridian: Click the name of the muscle in the menu below the current muscle name highlighted in the Red box.

For our example below, we will select the Levator Scapulae from the list. Pectoralis Major is currently selected.




Earth Metaphors


Now we will change the Muscle:

  • Click on Levator Scapulae in the list below the Meridian name.


Select Muscle

The Metaphors for the Levator Scapulae are now displayed as shown below.

Note: There are 10 Aspects for each element. To change Aspects, click on an Aspect on the blue button bar at the bottom of the screen. The Aspects will be shown on the bottom right of the screen.

Metaphors Aspects: Color; Season; Climate; Smell; Taste; Emotion; Sound: Fortifies; Personal Power; Faith/Worldview

      Levator Scapulae Metaphors

Now we will change the Aspect from Color to Emotion.

  • Click Emotion Button at the bottom of the screen in the middle of the blue bar.
  • Notice that the Emotion Metaphor for the current Meridian is displayed.
      Stomach with Emotions

To change Meridians within the same Element: Click the Meridian name in the red highlighted box, hold and select meridian. In our example, we click on Stomach and select Spleen. A new set of metaphors for the Spleen is displayed.

  • Click on Meridian name (Stomach), hold, select Spleen from the drop down menu.
  • A new set of metaphors is displayed.

Change Muscle

  • Click on Opponens Pollicis to change muscle.

Metaphors for the Opponens Polliciis are displayed.

For more information about balancing with Metaphors, go to the Reference section of eTouch.


Spleen Metaphors