The Five Elements

 
 

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history of finding connections between the natural world and the human body (both in health and disease). The five element philosophy was theorized over 2,000 years ago by ancient medical minds in order to classify the world into simple and easily understood categories. They theorized that every symptom, emotion, trait, etc could be better understood by classifying it into one of the five elements of the natural world. These correlations between the human body and nature are the basis for many TCM "patterns" (the term for a TCM diagnosis) you may have heard your acupuncturist use when discussing your treatment plan.

SO WHAT ARE THE FIVE ELEMENTS?

Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire.

The above elements are infinitely connected and continually generating, consuming, and influencing each other.

EVERYTHING IN THE NATURAL WORLD CAN BE CATEGORIZED INTO ONE OF THE FIVE-ELEMENTS.

Essentially, understanding the imbalances in and between the five elements helps explain how all your seemingly random symptoms actually make sense to your acupuncturist.  How migraine sufferers will also get frequent dizziness or hear high pitch ringing in their ears. Or how a person with chronic fatigue will generally have a pale complexion, get sleepy after eating, and bruise easily. Five Element theory helps to explain the wonders of the human body - both in health and sickness.

SO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

The five elements provide a framework to understand, diagnose, and treat all health issues — body, mind, and spirit. Using five element theory, we will go over your current diet and come up with TCM food recommendations that will bring balance not only to your dinner plate, but to your body as a whole.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Check out my e-Course on the five elements: Fuel Your Hustle!

 

**The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

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