Chinese Medicine proposes that the keys to health and graceful aging lie in the ease in which you adapt to the changes and challenges presented to you throughout your life.
Chinese Medicine is the ultimate “green” medicine. The basic philosophies and treatment principles are about sustainability, about watching, revering, and replicating the natural wisdom that surrounds us. As the seasons turn and the earth changes and adapts, so must we.
Five Element Theory is one of the backbones of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Elements: Wood, Earth, Fire, Metal, and Water, generate and control each other. They are the basis of life as we know it. Disaster, or disease, results when one of the elements is out of balance. Five Element Theory describes and defines the connections throughout the human body and the natural world. It delves into the imbalances that we find ourselves in and the tools to bring ourselves back into a healthy state. For TCM practitioners balance is the key to all of life.
Each element has a season, organs systems, tastes, emotions, mental states, and spiritual qualities. When in balance all is right in the world and in your body. When overlooked, overstressed, or overfed illness, pain, and unhealthy aging result.
Each season I will be sharing more about the corresponding Element. The ‘Five Element Health’ section will focus on the current season and each week give tips, insight, and guidance to help you return to and stay in balance within that element.