Understanding The Five Elements

Principals of the five elements described by Terry Dart  guest speaker at NatureHealth Based on observations   of the natural world, ancient Chinese people recognized continuous patterns   of transformation and change in the universe. Initially, these observations   were interpreted using yin yang. These interpretations were expanded using a   new theory called the five elements.

The Five Elements
The Five Elements

The five elements can be divided into one of five basic elements


  •   wood
  •   fire
  •   water
  •   metal
  •   earth

The Origin of the Five Elements   Theory

The yin yang theory has a close relationship with the five elements theory.   They are often used simultaneously to explain natural phenomena. Ancient   Chinese medical philosophers integrated the yin yang and five elements   theories into their medical practices as early as 475BC. Today we refer to   this medical system as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The Five   Elements and their Relationships with Nature and the Body

The five elements correspond to different aspects of the natural world and the body.

  1.   Wood corresponds to spring and wind in the natural world and to the liver, gall bladder, eyes and tendons in the body
  2.   Fire corresponds to summer and heat in the natural world and to the heart, blood, small intestines in the body
  3.   Earth corresponds to late summer and dampness in the natural world and to mouth, stomach, muscles and spleen in the body
  4.   Metal corresponds to autumn and dryness in the natural world and to lungs, large  intestines, nose and skin in the body
  5.   Water corresponds to winter and cold in the natural world and to kidney, bladder, bone and ears in the body

Emotions   also effect the organs:

  •   Love – heart
  •   Grief – lungs
  •   Anger – gall bladder and liver
  •   Fear – kidneys
  •   Sympathy –

To understanding the five elements, Terry   encouraged us to live outside the elements.

Too much or too little emotion can have a detrimental effect on the organs.

He used the example of someone who is   overweight:

“It is not about the food you eat. It is all   about what is going on in the head. When you think the right thoughts and you breathe right, you will then be able to metabolize your food correctly so you don’t put on weight”

He went on to say:

Happiness   is the key to health, whilst eating good food and thinking good thoughts”

By going to have blood tests Terry pointed out it is hooking into fear. Immediately the kidneys will be affected.


After the blood tests;

“ Do I take tablets for high blood pressure or   diabetes?”

“ Once you take “the pill” it creates   something else that can upset the natural yin / yang of your body”

What   do you do?

  1.   Use   visualization to cure your condition
  2.   Meditation  with more focus on cleaning the condition
  3.   Do   not panic
  4.   Eat   correct food and control food intake
  5.   Drink   tea not coffee
  6.   Have   acupuncture regularly
  7.   More   exercise
  8.   Know   how  to ……..

“Terry   said the Chinese philosophy of the five elements where health is the fountain   of youth .This is about living not in the Western system where we are   conditioned to be stupid. .

Its about being a warrior ready …………

Terry   used the example of someone who gets angry

  •   Anger   effect the liver
  •   Liver   gets hot
  •   Leads   to eye problems and stomach issues
  •   This   could end in Cancer.

The lesson here is to keep calm and not to be too emotional.

Another example Terry used was someone living in grief.

  •   Grief injures the lungs
  •   Grieve for a specific time
  •   If it drags on too long, you will get sick.
  •   Do not be too sad or too happy
  •   Keep a happy balance in all  things

By repeating old patterns it creates diseases.   The aboriginals went “walk about” ……for health reasons. We should do the same

On inherited genes and ways, he had this to say:

  •   “When   you can, DO NOT take on the story you were given”
  •   “Change   your psychology”
  •  “You   can change your diseases if you change who you are”

Terry concluded by explaining that the 12   organs were the foundation of the mind. This is disease phycology at the   deepest level.

When a virus comes on quickly it is usually an   external invasion = Weak qi.

When it comes on slowly it is an internal invasion which is more serious.

This table is a reference to     some of the things Terry mentioned.






Orientation East South Middle West North
Season Spring Summer Late       Summer Autumn Winter
Climate Wind Summer       Heat Dampness Dryness Cold
Cultivation Germinate Grow Transform Reap Store
Yin Organ Liver Heart Spleen Lung Kidney
Yang Organ Gall       Bladder Small       Intestine Stomach Large       Intestine Bladder
Orifice Eye Tongue Mouth Nose Ear
Tissues Tendons Vessels Muscles Skin       & Hair Bones
Emotions Anger Joy Pensiveness Grief Fear
Colour Blue/       Green Red Yellow White Black
Taste Sour Bitter Sweet Pungent Salty
Voice Shout Laugh Sing Cry Groan



The above table illustrates the organized relationship between the elements,   nature and the body. The different vertical characteristics belong to the   same element, and horizontally, each characteristic interacts with another   according to a specific order and element. Working within this system of   thought, everything has a correlation in nature.

We are all connected.  We are   one.

To learn more join Margie for Qigong in the park or attend the next Basic Qigong workshop.