Chinese Philosophy identifies five different ways that Qi manifests itself in the universe: the Five Elements.
The human body is influenced by the energy of these five elements. Any imbalances in the energy of any one element will show in the organs or in the meridians that relate to that element. Each element is associated with an emotion, a body part, an outlet, a sense, a flavour, a sensation, and a season.
Five Element Acupuncture is an ancient form that works by treating a person at the levels of body, mind, heart and spirit. This form helps bring a person back into balance and harmony within themselves, their element, and life as a whole. The element of a person is diagnosed by colour, sound, odour, and emotion, and the importance is played in seeing the person as a whole being and to understand the person, symptoms, their environment and their history.
Fire energy is about being happy, joyful and having relationships. Fire element is the time of Summer, a period of luxurious growth.
Fire people need to know things are not that serious, to gain rapport with Fire, people may need to be funny. Occasionally Fire people can also have lack of fire and there is a level of quiet, intimate sadness.
The Fire element rules the heart and small intestine, when the heart is in harmony the person will be genuinely friendly, and can see through problems effortlessly and arrive at brilliant solutions, a ruddy face, laughter.
Imbalanced Fire – confused mind, no laughter, a pale face, speech problems, poor circulation, depression.
The Fire colour is red and bright like the element. Wood feeds Fire and helps it burn with its organised structure that sometimes Fire lacks.
Earth people want to be understood. The emotion is sympathy, their voice will sing. They can welcome a caring person to them or reject them.
The season is late Summer, it is transformation from Yang to Yin. It is a pleasant tranquil and flourishing season.
The organs represented by the Earth element are spleen/stomach, the organs of digestion and transformation. The Earth element needs to digest things and have space to do things. To over-control the Earth element causes indigestion and the resultant crankiness.
The Earth colour is Yellow , and taste is sweet. Earth elements often fall into the excess/deficient trap with food, especially sweets.
Fire feeds Earth, so the joyous fire can often lighten the sometimes serious Earth.
A Metal person will want respect, a sense that they are honoured. They may cut you up, put you down and dismiss something you say, or treat you with disdain.
You sometimes need to take a slightly lowered physical position than the Metal element.
Autumn is the season of Metal, a time of harvest, a time to gather together on all levels, a time to store up food, a time of contraction.
The organs of lung/large intestines, breathing in new life, breathing out, letting go of old, a flow and connection to heaven.
When in harmony, the Metal element person will tend to hold on to their principles and keep to their commitments and when time to let go of an object or relationship, they do this without emotional repression, feeling the associated grief and sadness, but soon resolving it. Those with weak lungs experience loss and tend to stifle their sadness and never completely letting go.
A Water person; think of stillness and movement. They can be manic and moving like a gushing river or quiet and still like a pond. They can seem to be on the edge of fear all the time.
Winter is the season of Water, and the organs are kidneys and bladder. The kidneys are seen as the root and foundation of the body, they rule the lower part including the sexual organs and their reproductive functions.
For the Water element listening clearly is heightened in the silent months. Hearing is related to the health of the kidneys.
Wood people need to know someone is in charge. They can have a shout quality to their voice. They can often interrupt in a conversation, argue the point. This is Wood finding out if there is any structure.
There is also the Wood who has a general lack of wood, with no assertion, no anger or anything, and can easily be pushed around.
Wood is the springtime, water feeds it and often Wood people like something new happening. It is new growth, green, seeing this nourishes through the eyes of the Wood element person.
Self expression, the emotion of anger, frustration, the organs of liver and gall bladder, when the liver is in harmony, there is never stress or tension. When liver is obstructed, stagnant or overheated the energy flow throughout the body is hampered, resulting in a myriad of physical and emotional problems.