Five Element Acupuncture
The five elements are: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood
Are you a hoarder or compulsively neat?
Do you need to be needed?
Are you the life of the party?
What is your favorite color?
Do you have trouble sitting still?
What foods do you crave?
What are your best hours of the day?
Do you have anger issues?
Do you have a keen sense of smell?
Are you depressed?
Which season is your favorite?
Does the wind bother you?
The answers to these and thousands of other questions that seem equally unrelated give important information about your constitutional element.
Nature contains seasons and so do we. Five-Element Acupuncture can help you learn about the personal, seasonal/elemental balance within yourself and the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual strengths and challenges that result.
Why does stress give one person a rash, another a headache, and yet another
an upset stomach? How is it that every cold you get goes right to your chest, while every germ your neighbor picks up seems to settle in his joints?
Why does happiness seems so natural to some and elusive to others. What make guilt the focus of one life and frustration a daily challenge in another.
If we all begin with the "same" basic anatomical body, why are we so individually different?
The following five element correspondences and synopses can help you explore your own energetic make up. The in and out of balance listings for each element are by no means meant to be an exhaustive list, merely some of the possibilities.
The Fire Element
Season: summer The fire element offers the energy of
Climate: hot summer with its warmth and joy. It
Body part: blood vessels provides the comfort and safety to be
Sense organ: tongue in healthy relationship with others. It is
Sense: speech an energy of connection and laughter.
Sound: laughter The fire within allows us to
Fluid: sweat celebrate life to its fullest. Like the sun
Taste: bitter that rises each morning for the sheer
Color: red joy of it, so our fire rises with love
Meridians: Heart within us.
Common Physical Issues of the Fire Element Out of Balance:
o Restlessness, insomnia
o Dull thinking, absent minded
o Arteriosclerosis, sluggish circulation
o Spasms of the intestines
Common Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Issues of the
Fire Element out of Balance:
o Inappropriate humor
o Excessive laughter or lack of joy
o Control issues
o Difficulty with intimacy/relationship
Fire Element In a Balance:
o Agile mind, good conversationalist
o Successful people person
o Delights in intimacy
The Earth Element
Season: late summer The earth element brings the
Color: yellow gifts of sympathy and compassion.
Emotion: worry It allows you to nurture and be
Climate: damp nurtured. This energy lets you
Body part: flesh realize the bounty in your life, watch
Sense: taste as it ripens, and then appreciate the
Sense organ: mouth harvest at the appropriate
Sound: sing time. Just as a beautiful, heavily laden tree
Fluid: saliva has the ability to bless others with its
Taste: sweet abundance, so too can the
Meridians: Stomach blessed individual reach out into the
Spleen world from a place of spiritually
Common Physical Issues of the Earth Element Out of Balance:
o Obesity, tendency for cellulite
o Digestive problems
o Craves sweets
o Bruises easily varicose veins
Common Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Issues of the Earth
Element Out of Balance:
o Excessive worry
o Tendency to smother, or reject sympathy completely
o Whines, clinging
o May overextend and/or meddle
Earth Element in Balance:
o Able to balance your own and others' needs
o Is considerate and sympathetic
o Seeks harmony
The Metal Element
Season: fall The metal element
Color: white offers the energy of the Autumn.
Emotion: grief It is about the quest for what is
Climate: dry pure and spiritual. It imparts the
rhythm of breath into a complicated
Body part: skin world and allows for the relinquishment
Sense organ: nose of those things which no longer serve us. This discerning energy defines how you
Sense: smell assess the value of yourself and others
Sound: weep Like the sharp edge of a sword, the metal
Fluid: mucus energy is very precise and even handed
Taste: spicy in its high expectations.
Common Physical Issues of the Metal Element Out of Balance:
o Vulnerability of the lungs and large intestine
o Colds, flus, bronchitis, sinus problems, and asthma
o Skin problems: acne, eczema, psoriasis, and
Common Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Issues of the Metal
Element out of balance:
o Excess or lack of grief
o Self-righteous, autocratic
o Difficulty letting go of things
o Feeling lonely / building walls around themselves
Metal Element in Balance:
o Hard workers who enjoy structure and authority
o Very self-disciplined, a self-motivator
o Honorable and well respected.
The Water Element
Season: winter The water element within you is the energy of
Color: blue winter. It is the deepest source of your potential
Emotion: fear and provides the wisdom to use your resources
Climate: cold effectively. It is the source of your will to manifest
Body part: bones your destiny. The water element within allows
Sense organ: ears you to be comfortable with deep silence, and
Sense: hearing provides the will and energy to move through
Sound: groan the impossible. Water provides the cleverness
Fluid: urine needed to adapt and survive. It is a formidable
Taste: salty force, just like the water that formed the Grand
Meridians: Bladder Canyon inch by inch.
Common Physical Issues of the Water Element Out of Balance:
o Bladder infections, incontinence, or retention of urine
o Lower back pain, kidney stones
o Decreased libido
o Bone loss, dental problems
o Vulnerability of kidneys, adrenals, and bladder
Common Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Issues of the Water
Element Out of Balance:
o Fearful or totally fearless (adrenaline junkie)
o Timid and forgetful
o Feeling of isolation
Water Element in Balance:
o Alert and aware of risk
o Self-sufficient and introspective
o Ingenious, clever
The Wood Element
Season: spring The wood element is the energy
Color: green of Spring. It imparts vision that carries you
Emotion: anger forward with the perspective and ability for
Body part: tendons long range planning, and moves you towards
Sense organ: eyes the achievement of your goals. The wood
Sense: sight element within is a very powerful source for
Sound: shout positive, creative, and forward movement
Fluid: tears in your life. Like the weed that pushes up
Climate: windy through a sea of concrete, the wood energy
Taste: sour provides an unmatched ability to "spring
Meridians: Liver forward" into your own personal vision for
Gallbladder your life.
Common Physical Issues of the Wood Element out of Balance:
o Headaches, migraines
o Hypertension, vertigo
o Muscle spasms, tremors
Common Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Issues of the Wood
Element out of Balance:
o Anger, depression and frustration
o Reckless and aggressive
o Intolerant and impatient
o Meek and indecisive
Wood Element in Balance:
o Seeks challenges
o Confident and assertive
o Ability to construct and execute a plan
o Leadership qualities
o Good organizational skills