THE FIVE ELEMENTS

HOW THE FIVE ELEMENTS WORK

In traditional Chinese medicine, balancing the Five Elements of nature is a major key to healing.

Every organ, system and part of your body is made of jing qi shen. Jing means matter. Qi means energy. Shen means soul, heart and mind. Tao Health Blessings send a new message to your soul, laying the foundation for well-being to flow naturally in your life.

WHAT ARE THE FIVE ELEMENTS?

Element Yin Organ Yang Organ Body Tissue Body Fluid Sense Unbalanced Emotion Balanced Emotion
Wood Liver Gallbladder Tendons Nails Tears Eyes
Sight
Anger Patience
Fire Heart Small Intestine Blood Vessels Sweat Tongue
Taste
Depression
Anxiety
Excitability
Joy
Earth Spleen Stomach Muscles Saliva Mouth
Lips
Speech
Worry Love
Compassion
Metal Lung Large Intestine Skin Mucus Nose
Smell
Grief
Sadness
Courage
Water Kidney Urinary
Bladder
Bones
Joints
Urine Ears
Hearing
Fear Calmness

In traditional Chinese medicine teachings, the internal organs, sensory organs, bodily tissues and fluids, and emotions are all connected through the Five Elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. By balancing these elements in your being, you may continue feeling vitality and wholeness.

The Five Elements support and nourish each other just as they do in the natural world. Wood ignites to start a fire, a fire produces ash, earth can be mined for metal, metal carries water (as in a bucket or a pipe) and plants grow from spring rain.

In the body, the Five Elements also support each other through a relationship: A liver (Wood element) that has no blockages and has balanced matter, energy and soul will fully nourish the jing qi shen of the heart (Fire element). In the same way, a healthy heart will nourish the spleen (Earth element); a healthy spleen will support the lungs (Metal element); healthy lungs will nourish the kidneys (Water element) and healthy kidneys will help sustain the liver (Wood element).

If the relationship between the Five Elements in your body is out of balance, you may experience blockages or illness in the body.

FIVE ELEMENTS AND ILLNESS

What causes sickness?

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that illness is caused by chi blockages. Chi is an invisible vital energy or life force that flows freely in a healthy person, but is weakened or blocked when a person is ill.

For example, if your Earth element is blocked or out of balance, you may experience gastrointestinal problems. The spleen, stomach and the emotion of worry are all connected through the Earth element. If you’re feeling worried, then your digestive system may be imbalanced, resulting in poor appetite, indigestion, diarrhea and other issues.

If you have an energy blockage in your spleen, the solution is to dissipate the blocked energy. If you have not enough energy in your spleen, the solution is to build energy in that area.

Learn more below about the imbalances that commonly occur within each of the Five Elements.

WOOD ELEMENT

Physical body
Liver, gallbladder, tendons, nails, tears, eyes and sight

Emotional body
Anger and patience

Imbalances
Indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, jaundice, abnormal menstruation, headache, brittle nails, blurred vision, night blindness, dry eyes, insomnia and irritability

FIRE ELEMENT

Physical body
Heart, small intestine, blood vessels, sweat, tongue and taste

Emotional body
Depression, anxiety, excitability and joy

Imbalances
Weak pulse; irregular heartbeat; palpitations; pale, blue or purple complexion; excessive perspiration; pale, red, dark or purple tongue; rigid tongue; confusion and inability to speak; insomnia and dream-disturbed sleep

EARTH ELEMENT

Physical body
Spleen, stomach, muscles, saliva, mouth, lips and speech

Emotional body
Worry, love and compassion

Imbalances
Poor appetite, indigestion, issues with bowels, weight loss, diarrhea, water retention, edema, phlegm retention, blood in stool and urine, weak muscles and diminished sense of taste

METAL ELEMENT

Physical body
Lung, large intestine, skin, mucus, nose and smell

Emotional body
Grief, sadness and courage

Imbalances
Respiration disorders; breathing difficulties; asthma; coughing; fatigue; shortness of breath; sallow, pale and dry skin; edema; painful urination; stuffy nose; runny nose and impaired sense of smell

WATER ELEMENT

Physical body
Kidney, urinary bladder, bones, joints, urine, ears and hearing

Emotional body
Fear and calmness

Imbalances
Slow development; premature senility; hot flashes; coldness in hands and feet; infertility; impotence; night sweats; cold and pain in lumbar spine area; frigidity; edema; frequent or infrequent urination; breathing difficulties; weak or brittle bones; loose teeth; baldness; gray hair; tinnitus; loss of hearing; sensitivity to sound; diarrhea and constipation

FOLLOWING THE FIVE ELEMENTS FOR GOOD HEALTH

Start by looking at the relationship between emotions and major yin organs in the body using the Five Elements chart above.

For example, if you struggle with expressing anger in appropriate ways, your liver function may be impaired, which can cause stabbing pain in the body and headaches. You may wish to receive a Tao Health Blessing for the Liver.

If you’re experiencing a health condition or illness, use the Five Elements chart to find the major yin organ related to your condition. You may wish to receive a Tao Health Blessing for the yin organ. You also may choose to receive a blessing for other body systems, body organs or parts of the body associated with that element.

BLESSINGS FOR THE FIVE ELEMENTS