Chinese medicine principles were founded on the belief that our body functions much like the environment that surrounds us, and that our health is merely a reflection of how well "balanced" we are. Different bodily organs correspond to the various elements according to their disposition*. When we suffer from certain conditions, it is usually the result of an imbalance found somewhere in our body. The connection between the different organs, much like the relationship between the five elements, explains why a Chinese medicine practitioner may appear to treat a certain condition or ailment by focusing on a completely different area of the body. This holistic approach in restoring balance to the body is the reason Chinese medicine is recognized for being able to treat targeted conditions and improve the body as a whole in the process.
*Additional traits correspond to the five elements, but are not explained here.
This diagram provides a simple example of how these elements
are dependent upon one another through a cycle in our
natural environment. Starting with the wood element, we
know that trees and forests act as a natural and powerful fuel
for fire. As a fire burns, it leaves behind ashes that eventually
mix into the soil forming the ground that is the basis of earth.
Over time, natural deposits accumulate within our earth to form
various types of minerals and metals. These metals are absorbed
into our rivers, lakes, and oceans which all represent water that evaporates to build precipitation. As rain begins to fall, the water replenishes the trees and the cycle is repeated. Too much or too little of any one element disrupts the cycle and can lead to problems, such as drought, forest fires, etc. In a perfect world, our environment would consist of just the right balance of each element. However, much like the human body, disruptions in this cycle are inevitable.
Our environment consists of five naturally occurring elements that are needed for life to exist: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water. Together, these elements form a cycle that represents the connection between each individual element.
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