The five elements play an important role in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Wood, fire, earth, metal and water are all interconnected through a cycle and influence each other. Each elements transforms into the next, creating a steady flow of energy. Every human being contains the five elements. Most of the time, however, one of the elements is more pronounced than the others.
If one of the elements gets out of balance this will affect the function of all the other elements. Health problems such as obesity can arise.
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Use the table below to grade your answers. The element with the most points is the most pronounced:
The wood element corresponds with spring. Nature awakes from hibernation and inspires us to become active. The plants sprout, turn green, and grow. That is why the color green is assigned to the wood element.
The liver and the gall bladder are the energetic organs of wood. Traditionally, the body is detoxified in spring, and the liver is cleansed.
Wood people are active. Exercise gives them pleasure and they need physical activity to stay harmonious. They are creative, courageous and enterprising. A balanced wood person likes to take the lead. Balanced wood people can easily adapt to new situations, like a reed of bamboo that bends to the wind. When wood gets out of balance, irritability or anger ensues.
Wood people often have an athletic build with broad shoulders and long arms and legs. They build muscle quickly. The back is straight and strong. Hands are big with long fingers and wide palms.
The fire element finds its greatest power in summer. The heat of this season is reflected in the heated temperament of those who have a predominant fire element. Red is their color.
The energetic organs of the heart and small intestine, as well as pericardium and San Jiao, are assigned to the fire. The heart is home to the spirit “Shen”.
Fire people are extroverted, enthusiastic and like to laugh. They are full of ideas and convince others with their clever choice of words. Fire people like to be the center of attention and know how to present themselves well. An unbalanced fire type is prone to swings between optimism and disappointment or may start projects without finishing them.
Fire people are slim and elegantly built. They have narrow palms with long fingers, the same applies to feet. The face shape may be pointed with a high forehead.
The earth element corresponds to late summer. It is a time of transformation from yang to yin. The color of the earth element is yellow, like the maturing wheat fields.
Earth corresponds to the energetic organs of the stomach and spleen (pancreas), the two organs that are responsible for digestion. Digestive complaints are therefore associated with an earth element imbalance.
The Earth is also depicted in some of the Traditional Chinese Medicine graphics as the center of the 5 elements. Earth likes to rest in the middle. Earth people are often comfortable and sociable and prefer to live in harmony. They care for their family and friends. When the earth element is balanced, people have good concentration. If there is disharmony, they may worry too much, which often burdens them.
They often have a square-shaped body. Arms and legs are short, and the face is round with full cheeks.
The metal element corresponds to autumn. The color white belongs to the metal element.
Lungs and large intestine are the two energetic organs of the metal element. Both organs represent the connection of the body to the outside world. Metal people often tend to skin complaints or constipation. The immune system is associated with the metal element. There can be can a susceptibility to infection.
Metal people are often very correct and tend to perfectionism. They can be reserved or cynical about their fellow human beings though they are honest and fair, with a strong organizational talent.
An unbalanced metal person can be prone to sadness and grief.
Metal people have a straight body and are angular, with wide shoulders. The face has a rectangular shape with a wide forehead.
The water element finds its strength in winter. The cold belongs to this element, just like the colors of the night, dark blue and black. In winter, nature retires and gathers new strength for the upcoming spring. The cycle of the five elements ends and then renews.
The water element corresponds with the energetic organs kidney and bladder. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys hold the Jing, the essence of our power.
Water types may tend to cystitis or a cold feeling in the lower back.
Water people are often introverted. They can be chaotic and sometimes late for appointments.
The trait of wisdom is assigned to the water element. When water is balanced, these people demonstrate a strong will and unshakable convictions.
However, when water people fall into disharmony, they can suffer from phobias.
Water people have a pear-shaped figure. The shoulders are narrow, the hips wide. The legs are rather stocky.
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