The Five Elements
Closeness to nature is important in Chinese philosophy. We are like a microcosm of the world around us. Nature inside us follows similar patterns with nature around us and we are balanced when the elements (or phases) within us are balanced. Each of our organs is assigned to an element, and within the elements we have colours, sounds, emotions, seasons, flavours etc.
Organs: Liver and Gall Bladder
People with a strong energy in the Wood element are motivated, organised and decisive. They have clear vision and a plan they are motivated to follow.
Common Wood imbalance manifestations: tendon, nail or eye problems, menstrual problems in women, migraine headaches.
On a Wood level, a person needs to calm down, relax and not deplete themselves. Ideally they should be more in control of their anger without suppressing it.
Organs: Heart, Pericardium, Small Intestine, Three Heater
People with a strong Fire energy are charismatic, naturally tactile and flirtatious. They love to socialise and are great communicators.
Common manifestations of imbalances in the Fire element are: anxiety, insomnia, stammer, nervous or excessive laughter, or miserable at the other extreme.
On a Fire level, a person needs to be able to make heart connections and have satisfactory relationships.
Season: late summer
Organs: Spleen and Stomach
People with strong Earth energy are grounded, compassionate and nurturing, good friends and great hosts, who like to prepare and enjoy food.
Common manifestations of imbalances in the Earth element are: digestive problems, bloating, eating disorders, excessive worrying, addictions or repressed needs.
On the Earth level, a person needs nourishment, physical and emotional support, mental clarity, routine, to feel grounded and centered.
Organs: Lung and Large Intestine
People with strong Metal energy have a deep inner strength and are well organised and disciplined. They thrive on structures and rules.
Common manifestations of imbalances in the Metal element are: rashes, eczema, asthma, allergies, frequent colds, constipation or diarrhoea, excessive grief.
On a Metal level, a person needs acknowledgement, recognition and respect, and where applicable, help to let go or deal with loss.
Organs: Kidneys and Bladder
People with strong Water energy are strong, fearless, free spirits, who can endure hardships in pursuit of their goals and work around obstacles easily.
Common Water imbalances are: problems with urination, fertility and sexuality, lower back pain, dark circles under the eyes, ear problems, hot flushes, anxiety, phobias.
On a Water level, a person needs reassurance, reliability and help with ways to rest, relax and recuperate and to dissociate from their fears.