Saturday, February 13, 2010

5 Elements

A lesson:


The theory of the five elements is an ancient philosophy used to describe the physical universe. These five elements have been an integral foundation for centuries in Chinese medicine to show a connectedness between the human body's physiology, pathology and the natural world. They are in constant change and movement with each other.

Wood feeds Fire
Fire create Earth (ash)
Earth bears Metal
Metal carries Water
Water nourishes Wood

Wood parts Earth (roots)
Earth absorbs Water
Water quenches Fire
Fire melts Metal
Metal chops Wood

Wood absorbs Water
Water rusts Metal
Metal breaks up Earth
Earth smothers Fire
Fire burns Wood.


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