The Five Elements

Posted On Feb 26, 2024 |

The five elements of Chinese medicine allows the practitioner to weave colour, texture and flavour into their explanation of therapy and health.

The days are becoming warmer and brighter, Mother Nature is awakening from her winter sleep and looking ahead to the new growth of spring after her winter rest.

Springtime initiates rebirth – the power of rising energy, new beginnings, and a renewal of spirit.

The Five Elements Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, were believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe. They correlate with direction, seasons, foods, colours, emotions, and the major organs in our bodies. Different experiences, across hundreds of generations, helped the masters of TCM to formulate the Law of the Five elements, or 5 Phases, which represent the fundamental qualities of all matter in the universe. Each element has its own characteristics, and each season brings a different energy. When we connect with the natural rhythms of life, we benefit from these energetic shifts. Springtime is associated with the Wood Element in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

People who are more connected with nature are healthier, happier, and feel more vital.

As Human beings we are designed to be one with nature, although we may not be consciously aware of this connection. We are directly and indirectly affected by changes in Nature, the weather, seasons, geographical locations, earth energies, the movement of the sun and moon, time of day, among many other things.

Our lifestyle may prevent us from sensing this connection, as we spend most of our time indoors, in houses and buildings made of artificial materials. We eat processed food, and wear shoes which disconnect us from the earth’s magnetic energy. And we are surrounded by electromagnetic frequencies that conflict with our natural resonance.

In the ACMOS Method, we measure and regulate these energies

The deep connections between the natural cycles and health were well understood by ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners thousands of years ago. They lived according to the cycles of nature, including the circadian rhythm of the day, the cycles of the moon, the menstrual cycles, the seasonal cycles (Wheel of the Year), and the cycles of life: birth, growth, maturation, death, and rebirth. They studied patterns of nature and the changing seasons.

The ancient Chinese understood that the microcosm (the world within us)
is governed by the same principles as the macrocosm (the world around us)

They recognized perverse energies affecting health and wellbeing such as, excess wind, heat, damp, dryness and cold and they understood that ‘Seasonal disorders’ affected the different functions of the person’s body, mind, and spirit. They viewed the human body as an ecosystem, and the language of Traditional Chinese medicine is based on metaphors from nature, states of illness can be compared to patterns of poor weather in the inner world of our body.

Though we will likely never live the way our distant ancestors did, we are nevertheless creatures of this planet, and deeply influenced by its way of being.

Modern quantum science, as well as the ancient teachings of Chinese medicine, say that everything is energy. Everything that makes up a human being, mind-body-spirit, correlates at an energetic level to something “external” in nature.

We measure and recalibrate the vibrational frequencies to balance our body, mind and spirit.

The Five Element Theory is a wonderful tool to helps us become aware of the particular energies and resonances of each season: in order to understand ourselves, maintain our health prevent disease and help us to live in alignment with the natural flow of things (the Tao).

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