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What Are The 5 Elements In Chinese Medicine?

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What Are The 5 Elements In Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine views the human body in a completely different way than western medicine. The five-element theory is used for insight when diagnosing and treating medical conditions.  Each of these elements is connected to each other and with other external factors. In this article, we are going to take a quick gander at the five elements in Chinese medicine and the way these elements correspond with each other or affect our health.

The Five Elements in Chinese Medicine 

The five-element theory was developed many years ago in ancient china. These elements can also be explained as phases, forces, nature, transformation, and movement.  Here is a quick look at the five elements.  

Wood

Back when practitioners developed the theories they didn’t know much about bacteria and viruses. They related back to the environment for clues. The element wood relates to the wind pathogenic factor and is usually associated with spring. The wood element is also associated with certain organs in your body.  Wood is associated with the liver and gallbladder as well as eye sense organs. This element is also associated with your body tendons and nail external manifestations. In TCM, the wood element is also associated with the colour green since green foods mostly aid in promoting the health of the organs connected to this element.

Fire

The fire element is associated with the heat pathogenic factor. In TCM, it is associated with summer because of how hot and sunny this season can be. The fire element is associated with the heart and small intestine as well as your sense of taste and blood vessels in your body. TCM also associates the fire element with your complexion and it is associated with the colour red. (Think red chili peppers on your tongue or the redness of your skin when you are burning a fever.)

Earth

Earth is usually associated with the pathogenic factor dampness and it is also compared to late summer seasons. The organs associated with earth include the spleen and your stomach. Your muscle body tissues and lips are also linked to the earth element and earth is associated with the colour yellow or orange.

Metal 

Metal is a pretty tough element which is probably why ancient practitioners associated it with dryness.  It is also associated with the autumn season and the lungs and large intestine are the organs that are associated with this metal. The metal element is also associated with your nose, skin, and body hair and strangely enough, this colour is associated with the colour white.

Water

Water is also associated with black or a dark colour instead of the more common blue association. This element is also associated with cold factors or the winter season. The water element is also linked to your bones, hair, head, and ears.  

Understanding how these different elements apply to your body and medical conditions can be quite challenging. Traditional Chinese Practitioners undergo years of studies to understand the different elements as well as how these elements are affected by your environment. This post is simply designed to give a little bit more information regarding the theory of the elements. Various remedies and treatments can be used to ensure that your body functions in harmony.   

If you would like to learn more about the five-element theory or would like to find a natural medical treatment that offers you the best long term benefits then you should book an appointment at Evergreen CMC. These medical professionals can use these elements and the studies associated with them to help and treat your body back to health. 

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