"Five Element Theory"

The so-called “Five Element Theory” in Chinese medical theory comes back to a 5 organ system. Remember the picture of your body as a garden and a micro-cosmos from our last newsletter/blog?

The forces that regulate the external world and climate are duplicated with our own human bodies. It is believed that the same forces that organize the physical and sensory perception also affect the emotional and spiritual life of the person.

When the Five Elements – within our bodies or external environments – are balanced, we experience health and prosperity. When they’re out of balance – overacting, counteracting, or failing to properly support one another – we experience dis-ease of one sort or another.
To understand the use of the Five Element system, it’s important to know that the elements – like Yin and Yang – are fluid rather than static categories.

In that way each Element has certain characteristics corresponding to events and phenomena in nature which in turn can be applied to organ pairs. You could say that we are looking at a holographic representation as nature’s representation is reflected in each part of living beings.

Each organ network represents within itself Yin and Yang properties and its own responsibilities, how it does execute those responsibilities with its own character or personality. In its simpler way, the Five Element Theory consists of the generating cycle so there is a certain sequence where each phase gives birth to the next. The Five Elements we are referring to are Water who nourishes Wood by moistening it. Wood generates Fire by providing fuel for combustion. Fire generates Earth by reducing matter to ash that forms soil. Earth supports Metal by forming minerals and bringing them to the surface. Metal vitalizes Water by permeating it with refined substances that enhance its life-giving properties.

In my next blog/newsletter, I will explore how these 5 Elements relate to internal organ networks.