The Five Elements

The Five Elements is another theory which uses Traditional Chinese Medicine and derived from the theory of Yin Yang. The interaction of Yin Yang forces produce an energy that manifests in five different ways and gives rise to all other manifestations of nature. We could define the five elements like the five phases of energy. In ancient, sages Chineses who developed this system associated these five phases with five elements of nature: fire, water, metal, wood and earth. These elements relate to each other as two complementary cycles tended to harmony.

The first cycle is called Creator Cycle. It is what makes possible the creation of the other elements and all other manifestations of energy in the world. Thereby the elements create between them. For example: water generates wood, wood generates fire, fire generates metal and metal produces water. 

The second cycle is called Destroyer Cyle or control cycle. Without it, the harmony would be impossible because there would not be a real interaction between Yin Yang forces. This cycle makes it possible for elements kill between them or to control between them. For example: water controls fire, fire controls metal, metal controls wood, wood controls earth and earth controls water.

The Five Elements and their relationships 

Objects
Water
Wood
Fire
Earth
Metal
Color
Blue or Black
Green
Red
Yellow
White
Station
Winter
Spring
Summer
End of Summer
Autumn
Sens
Ear
View
Taste
Touch
Smell
Positive emotions
Goodness Courage
Kindness Goodness
Joy Respect
Compassion
Self Esteem
Justice
Bravery
Negative emotions
Fear
Anger
Impatience Stress
Concern
Sadness
Organs
Kidneys
Liver
Heart
Spleen
Lungs
Flavours
Salty
Acid
Bitter
Sweet
Spicy and Sour
Symbol

Above you can see a table with the five elements related to different facets of life. If the interaction between these elements is out of balance is when the disease appears, ailments, etc.. Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at how to restore the balance between these elements. As you can see, this approach is very different from Western medicine. Chinese medicine seeks to restore the balance between the forces, Western medicine attacks reducing clutter. Based on the theory of Yin Yang, if I attack hard one thing for the Universe to restore their balance I have to experience an attack in the opposite direction. That is, we can defeat the enemy, but then a stronger enemy appears. 

This is the classic scheme of the five elements and their relationships:

Article written by Miquel Vidal.