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The Five Elements
Five Element Acupuncture comes from the ancient Chinese belief that all things in the universe are expressions of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The human body is nothing more than an extension of the universe and the same laws governing the universe also govern the human body.
The Five Elements within the human body are associated with specific organs, physical and emotional symptoms, disease tendencies, and general ways of being in the world. Within the framework of the Five Element System, both the patient’s physical symptoms and emotional history create a diagnosis for the practitioner. By understanding the physical, mental and emotional life of a person, the practitioner is able to use knowledge of the Five Elements to treat the root of the imbalance.
The Wood Element is connected to the spring season, a time of new birth and creativity as the earth comes alive. It is extremely ‘yang’ or outward energy.
This element is related to the liver and gall bladder and controls our ability to plan and make decisions. Wood energy can excel or have difficulty taking action and moving forward. If wood energy is out of balance, insomnia or headaches can be a problem. While creativity is connected to the Wood Element, without an outlet, anger or frustration can dominate.
The Fire Element is related to summer, the most ‘yang’ and outward time of the year and is connected to the emotion of joy.
The heart and circulatory system, small intestine, triple burner, and pericardium are associated with Fire. People with Fire imbalances can carry a sadness or lack of joy deep within themselves, yet laugh and put on a happy face. Playing, having fun and intimacy are all extremely important to nourish the Fire Element.
When Fire is out of balance there may be circulatory problems, or depression and a lack of joy.
Earth is the element of late summer and is associated with the emotion of sympathy.
People with an Earth constitution can nurture like a mother nurtures a child - or have difficulty nurturing themselves. The Earth Element controls the stomach and spleen, organs of digestion. When out of balance, digestive problems can arise.
Late summer is harvest time and people experience the essence of a real harvest when their Earth energy is in balance.
This Element is associated with autumn. Nature is in retreat as leaves fall and the energy in plants recedes into tree trunks and roots.
This is a quiet time of reflection and contemplation, a time of purity and connection to something greater than ourselves. People with a Metal constitution set the highest standards; respect for self and others is of utmost importance.
Metal is connected to the lungs and large intestines and when out of balance symptoms such as digestive issues or upper respiratory infections can result. Grief is associated with the Metal Element.
Water is the Element of winter and is associated with the emotion of fear. In Chinese medicine the Water Element relates to the kidneys and the bladder. These organs regulate the fluids in our bodies, contain our reserves of energy, and store our ‘jing,’ which is our inherited qi, or the energy passed to us by our ancestors.
The kidneys are considered a powerhouse of energy that drives all of the activity of our body-mind and spirit. This is the storehouse of our vital essence. When the kidneys are depleted, our storehouse supplies run low and we can feel fatigue, lethargy, and a lack of vitality. This is the most yin or inward energy of the year.