The five element principle developed upon the concept that the Ch'i energy goes through cyclic transformations and health could be based on the harmonious balanced cyclic interaction of these Elements within the body and around us. The Chinese believe that everything in life is concordant with these five Elements.
Be sure to check out the first two in the Five Element Series and learn how chronic emotional states create imbalances in their associated meridians according to Chinese Medicine. Self-acupressure points included.
1) Anxious Heart, Disturbed Shen and 2) Over-Thinking, Worry & the Obsessive Nature of the Spleen Meridian.
I may ask myself if I've been trying to control circumstances in my life or I am over-planning the details. I notice that in the last couple of weeks I've had an uncharacteristic stiff neck, which is characteristic of the Wood Element (Liver and Gall Bladder). What was I doing these last two weeks? Well, I was looking for a new car, preparing to sell the old car, while simultaneously preparing my house for open houses, writing blogs, and working a full schedule of clients. The extreme emotions of the Liver are anger and shouting, and I have to admit I felt like that a few times during this whole process. Wow, that's a lot! It makes sense to me that I'm so incredibly drawn to green right now. Such a cool insight into my well-being, indicating excessive liver imbalance according to five element acupuncture, or acupressure. Look around you and you may discover some cool insights about yourself!
As an acupressurist in this scenario, I would work acupoints along the liver and gall bladder meridians, along with any other meridians that are out of balance. These details about a client may be a good indication of a general direction that would be appropriate once the body is assessed as a whole and the pulses have been taken. I would also pay attention for a very subtle hue of green coming from the client's face to further confirm liver imbalance.
Extreme emotions are also an incredible tool for evaluating meridian imbalances in clients. Often times and in a general sense, it will be "I'm so tired and my low back is killing me" (Kidneys/Water). "I've gained weight, I feel so ungrounded, and I can't stop worrying about my future" (Spleen-Pancreas/Earth)...and so on as an indication to explore the possibility of associated organ meridian and element imbalances.
Read on to find out your unique Five Element Body Type!
Fascinating, and it's not only with colors, but with seasons, and tastes, sense organs, and the health of certain body parts....these all indicate how healthy you are in terms of vital Ch'i flowing throughout your body and your meridians being in or out of balance. And they evolve over time as do we...
- Organs: Liver and Gall Bladder
- Season: Spring
- Climatic Condition: Wind
- Direction: East
- Taste: Sour
- Extreme Emotion: Anger
- Synergic Feeling: Assertion, Will
- Sense Organ: Eyes (Sight)
- Body Part: Tendons, Ligaments
- Body Fluid: Tears
- Voice: Shouting
- Physical Symptoms: Stiff Neck and Headache
- Planet: Jupiter
- Organs: Heart and Small Intestine, Triple Warmer, and Pericardium
- Season: Summer
- Climatic Condition: Heat
- Direction: South
- Taste: Bitter
- Extreme Emotion: Excitement, Shock
- Synergic Feeling: Joy, Happiness
- Sense Organ: Tongue (Speech)
- Body Part: Vascular System
- Body Fluid: Sweat
- Voice: Laughing
- Physical Symptoms: Indigestion and Insomnia
- Planet: Mars
- Organs: Spleen, Pancreas and Stomach
- Season: Indian/Late Summer
- Climatic Condition: Damp
- Direction: Center
- Taste: Sweet
- Extreme Emotion: Over-Concern, Reminiscence
- Synergic Feeling: Empathy, Sympathy
- Sense Organ: Mouth (Taste)
- Body Part: Muscles, Flesh
- Body Fluid: Saliva
- Voice: Singing
- Physical Symptoms: Obesity and Indigestion
- Planet: Saturn
- Organs: Lungs and Large Intestine
- Season: Autumn
- Climatic Condition: Dryness
- Direction: West
- Taste: Pungent
- Extreme Emotion: Grief, Anxiety
- Synergic Feeling: Openness, Letting Go
- Sense Organ: Nose (Smell)
- Body Part: Skin, Body Hair
- Body Fluid: Mucus
- Voice: Weeping
- Physical Symptoms: Sweat or Cough
- Planet: Venus
- Organs: Kidneys and Bladder
- Season: Winter
- Climatic Condition: Cold
- Direction: North
- Taste: Salty
- Extreme Emotion: Fear, Panic
- Synergic Feeling: Resolution, Will Power
- Sense Organ: Ears (Hearing)
- Body Part: Bone, Marrow
- Body Fluid: Urine
- Voice: Groaning
- Physical Symptoms: Cold Feet or Low Back Pain
- Planet: Mercury
We all have aspects of all five elements yet we all have a dominant element and this is said to be our Five Element Body Type. "Our type is something we’re born with and has gifts as well as challenges associated with it. A Wood Type, for instance, can have a bit of a temper but is also very direct and productive." I thought this article was just fantastic. Reading it definitely confirmed my dominant Five Element Type and it was enjoyable and educational, including well-being advice for each type. Read on here.
Wood Body Type: slender body, straight back.
Wood Qualities: goal setter, achiever, planner, visionary, go getter, task oriented, list maker.
Wood Downfalls: over achiever, control freak, “it’s my way or the highway” attitude. Impatient, irritable, frustrated easily.
Fire Body Type: heart shaped face, smaller hands & feet.
Fire Qualities: fun, passionate, excited, loves to laugh, the clown and life of the party, team player.
Fire Downfalls: needs constant stimulation, easily distracted and bored, can’t focus, doesn’t follow through, doesn’t like to be alone.
Earth Body Type: pear shaped, rounded buttocks
Earth Qualities: nurturer, compassionate, great listener, home body, caring.
Earth Downfalls: takes care of everyone and puts herself last, very sensitive to criticism, often a door mat, worry, over thinks.
Metal Body Type: broad squared shoulders, defined face features.
Metal Qualities: trustworthy, dependable, very hard worker, will always finish a project, follows through, strong silent type.
Metal Downfalls: difficulties in having close relationships, constant self preserving, not allowing himself to share his thoughts or feelings, feels lonely and misunderstood, tendency to feeling blue and sad.
Water Body Type: rounded baby face, soft skin.
Water Qualities: creative, self-reflective, dreamer, artistic, easy going, works better alone.
Water Downfalls: gets drained if around too many people for a long period of time, always late, no motivation, fear of failure, self doubts.
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