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The Philosophy of Five Elements of Health is based in a 5000 year-old Chinese tradition that translates ideally into many of the tenets of modern science and medicine—the innate understanding that there is a balance in the universe that forms all physical, elemental and dimensional relationships…

Seeding all of these, and providing the entire basis for healing, medicine and science for thousands of years, we have the Five Elements of the Tao and the recognition of their correlation with the other structures of life. In balance, they are as follows:

By definition, each has its own governing physical influence and its own strengths and weaknesses that bring it into perfect harmony with everything including the principles of Darkness and Light: the Yin and the Yang. All these ancient and modern systems not only complement one another, they also validate them. They all indicate a balance that is accepted in all scientific and philosophical schools of thought. More than that, they indicate a structure in an ordered universe that is essential to the efficient function of all aspects of nature, art, science and medicine.
According to the tenets of the ancient healers, Wood corresponds to the liver, tendons and eyes. Fire corresponds to the heart, blood vessels and tongue. Earth corresponds to the spleen, flesh and month. Metal corresponds to the lungs, skin, hair and nose. Last but not least, Water corresponds to the kidneys, bones and ears. Not only can these five elements be related to our four seasons, they can also be related to different colors, emotion, taste, voice, a various organs and selection of food and herbs. In Chinese medical philosophy, the five elements theory consists of four laws governing the relationships among the five materials. The five major internal organs are viewed as interrelated to the Five Essential Elements—and the four corresponding physical laws of production, control, attack and resisting control are governed by them.

The laws of production and control are used to illustrate the interrelationships among the viscera. For instance, the liver controls the spleen (which is called wood controlling earth), the spleen produces the lung (which is called earth producing metal) and the lungs control the liver (which is called metal controlling wood). There are patterns of relationship among the five viscera according to the laws. The laws of attack and resisting control are used to describe pathological changes as well as methods of treatment. For example, since liver disease will affect the spleen, it is called wood attaching earth and should be treated by inhibiting wood and supporting earth. And in treating lungs energy deficiency syndrome, it is necessary to strengthen the spleen and tone up the lungs, which is called developing earth in order to produce metal. As all the elements in nature are interconnected, it is understood in scientific law and medical analysis that all organs of the body are interconnected and each are governed by one of the five elements. As such, each element and each organ may be addressed in terms of nutrition, body balancing and even addressing a body that is out-of-ease with itself or dis-eased through understanding the Five Elements and the herbs, foods and medicines that best work with them.


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