The Chinese philosophy for Yin and Yang that formed the basis of acupuncture was further refined to give rise to five elements. These elements help us to get a deeper understanding of the working of our mind, body and spirit.
The microcosm of our body is connected with the universe. The happenings in our day to day life affect this microcosm. The world and the people living in it are changing constantly. However, according to the Chinese philosophy, these chance occur in a particular pattern or order. Just like a phase of growth is always followed by a phase of stagnation, in the same manner life runs in a never ending cycle. Each of its phase plays a major role in maintaining the nature’s balance. This process of change takes place within our body as well. Some cells die and new cells replace them and each system in the body depends on the other for proper functioning. All the systems work in conjunction with each other to ensure proper balance between the mind, body and spirit.
Representation of Five Elements
According to the Chinese philosophy, the five elements of cyclic change include water, fire, metal, earth and wood. These five elements are related with the different seasons, emotions, colors, voice, taste and the organs of our body. The mental as well as physical constitution of a person depends on the balance of these five elements. Their proportion is responsible for determining the temperament of person, that is, which element is dominating the others and vice-versa.
According to oriental medicine, the ideal condition in which a person is in optimum health is when all five elements are in harmony with each other and are balanced. Wood is considered to be the fire’s mother, whereas it is the water’s son. Based on these relationships, all the possible imbalance of yin and yang can be described. When there is an imbalance in the elements, acupuncture is used to treat the problem by isolating the imbalanced element since it can reduce the strength of the body, spirit and mind.
The five element approach to acupuncture is used to treat various problems such as menstrual problems, digestive disorders, circulatory problems, skin problems, back pain, depression, Parkinson’s Disease as well as Multiple Sclerosis. The approach of elements acupuncture is more emotional than used earlier in traditional acupuncture. This kind of acupuncture is used for releasing tension lying deep down in the body which may be manifested in the form of mental, physical or emotional suffering. The outcome of Acupuncture therapy is long lasting and profound.
The most important outcomes of elements acupuncture include feeling of tranquility, serenity, peace, inner calm, clarity of thoughts and better focusing capability. Not only this, it also makes sure than our sexual energy flows strongly and promotes confidence. It helps us have good sense of ambition and goals as well.
It doesn’t matter what you want to achieve with elements acupuncture, whether you want to treat some ailment or pain, or want to get more balance and energy, you will surely achieve all your goals with its help. In the end, you will end up in high spirits and have a positive outlook towards life.