According to ancient Chinese thinking every material system has origin in one of the five elements or their combination. The five elements show different energy conditions and how they are cooperating.

These elements are: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Their connection to the organs can be seen in the following table:

According to ancient Chinese thinking every material system has origin in one of the five elements or their combination. The five elements show different energy conditions and how they are cooperating.

These elements are: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Their connection to the organs can be seen in the following table:

  Fire Earth Metal Water Wood
Yin Organs Heart Spleen Lungs Kidney Liver
Yang Organs Small intestine Stomach Large intestine Urine bladder Gall bladder
Openings Tongue Mouth Nose Ears Eyes
Positive feelings Love Justice Braveness Tenderness Amiability
Negative feelings Hate Anxiety Sorrow Fear Wrath
Colour Red Yellow White Blue Green

There exists a tight connection web between the elements. Every element influences the others in a complex way. If an energy path gets totally blocked it will not only affect the organ that is linked to it but sooner or later the other organs.

The following figure illustrates the process: The continuous line represents strengthening and the intermittent line weakening. Therapy of the liver (wood) will also strengthen the heart (fire) but will weaken the energy flow in the spleen (earth). What is important here is balancing the whole system. Under- or over stimulating are both as bad.

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