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 Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Chinese element
These five elements (五行) are not just the materials that the names refer to, but rather metaphors for describing how things interact and relate to each other.
The liver, tendon, eyes are of the wood element type; heart, blood vessels, tongue are fire element type; spleen, muscle, mouth are earth element type; lungs, skin, hair, nose are metal element type; kidney, bone, ears are water element type; etc. This classification helps in adjusting the balance in the body.
The five major planets are named after the five elements: Venus is metal; Jupiter is wood; Mercury is water; Mars is fire; Saturn is earth.
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/ch/Chinese_element   (434 words)

  the Five Elements
Thus the 5 element theory is simply an observation on natural, creative change; and it is the natural world that confirms that throughout that all the forces and energies in nature can be in constant smooth and harmonious transition from one phase to another - just as one season 'becomes' the next.
The element is associated with the lungs and related to the nose.
According to the 5 Elements theory - which is of itself no more than just one element in a far greater united theory of traditional Chinese medicine - your internal organs, tissues, other parts of the body and their associated activities, all correspond to one or another of the Five Elements (phases).
www.soton.ac.uk /~maa1/chi/philos/five.htm   (1871 words)

 Yin-yang and wu hsing (five elements)
Wu hsing means five movements and when we talk of five elements we have to remember that they represent a dynamic process and not the 'elements' that come together to produce things.
There are two orders of the five elements, that of production;- wood, fire, earth, metal, water; and that of overcoming:- fire is overcome by water, water by earth, earth by wood and wood by metal, producing the series, fire, water, earth, wood, metal.
There are five elements and four seasons, thus the earth becomes assigned to the centre thereby aiding the other elements in the 'rule' of the seasons.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/taoism/yinyang.html   (1455 words)

 Five Elements - Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine @ Traditional Chinese Medicine Basics (TCMBasics.com) - ...
The ancient physicians used the Five Elements theory to study extensively the connections between the physiology and pathology of the zang-fu organs and tissues and the natural environment.
Five Elements theory assigns each of the five elements a series of abstract generalizations and then applies them to the classification of all phenomena.
As for the rest of the five elements: fire involves the aspects of heat and flaring; earth involves the aspects of growing, nourishing, and changing; metal is associated with cleaning up, killing, strength, and firmness; and water is associated with cold, moisture, and downward flowing.
www.tcmbasics.com /basics_5elements.htm   (885 words)

 Five elements - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The five elements usually refer to wood, fire, earth, metal, and water in East Asian philosophy.
Five elements (Chinese philosophy), the basis of the universe according to Chinese Taoism
Five elements (Japanese philosophy), the basis of the universe according to Japanese philosophy
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Five_Elements   (144 words)

 Five elements (Chinese philosophy) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In traditional Chinese philosophy, natural phenomena can be classified into the Five Elements (Chinese: 五行; Pinyin: wǔxíng): wood, fire, earth, metal, and water (木, 火, 土, 金, 水; mù, huǒ, tǔ, jīn, shǔi).
The doctrine of five phases describes both a generating (生, shēng) cycle and an overcoming or restraining (克, kè) cycle of interactions between the phases.
The doctrine of five phases was employed in many fields of early Chinese philosophy, including seemingly disparate fields such as music, traditional Chinese medicine, and military strategy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Five_elements_(Chinese_philosophy)   (318 words)

 Five Element Training | Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-17)
In Five Element acupuncture the function of the organs and meridians are described by the term Officials.
In Five Element diagnosis the establishment of rapport with the patient is critical in allowing a clearer vision of the underlying Elements.
The goal of treatment in Five Element acupuncture is to reach the level of the constitutional imbalance or causative factor and not focus on treating a symptom or syndrome.
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 Theory of Five Elements
Similar to the theory of yin-yang, the theory of five elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water — was an ancient philosophical concept used to explain the composition and phenomena of the physical universe.
In traditional Chinese medicine the theory of five elements is used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body and the natural environment.
According to the theory, the five elements are in constant move and change, and the interdependence and mutual restraint of the five elements explain the complex connection between material objects as well as the unity between the human body and the natural world.
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 Conscious Choice: The Five Elements
Five was a special number to the ancient theorists, who viewed the human (five fingers, five toes, five senses) as a perfect microcosmic replica of the active, fully conscious cosmos.
The Five Elements carefully describe such natural cycles as the changes of the seasons, the passages through life from birth to death, and in medicine — where we find the most startling ramifications — the transformations of qi that take place deep within the organ-networks of the body/mind.
A trained Five Element practitioner, understanding the associations with each Element and the myriad combinations of possible imbalances, is in an excellent position to expertly assess the nature of the problem.
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 Five Elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine
The five elements, also called "Wu Xing" represent the processes that are fundamental to the cycles of nature, and therefore correspond to the human body.
The fire element also affects the complementary organ processes of the pericardium (yin) and the triple warmer, which is representative of the upper, lower, and middle parts of the body, as well as the circulation of fluids in these areas (yang).
As a conductor, this element includes the lungs (yin), which move vital energy throughout the body, and the large intestine (yang), which is responsible for receiving and discharging waste.
www.aworldofchinesemedicine.com /chinese-medicine-five-elements.htm   (401 words)

 Five Elements
Although the Chinese theory of the five elements and Greek theory of the four elements are different in history of formation, yet both of them belong to the earliest atomic theory in essence.
In light of the theory of five elements, TCM has made a comprehensive comparison and study of all kinds of things and phenomena in nature as well as in the viscera, bowels, tissues, functions and forms, thus expounding the physiology, pathology of the human body and the correlation between man and his natural surroundings.
The element restricting wood is metal, and the element that is restricted by wood is earth.
www.acuhealing.com /tcmtheory/fiveelemnt.htm   (1262 words)

 Five Elements in Tai Chi Chuan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-17)
There are many explanations of the Five Elements applied to martial arts, and I've yet to see one that explains the directions (forward, back,up-down etc.) in a way I can integrate with my knowledge of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
The triple heater channel or meridian of the 'Fire' element distributes original qi (chi that you are born with) and its energy radiates in all directions.
The sense organ of the 'Fire' element is the tongue.
www.easytaichi.co.uk /five_elements.html   (397 words)

 five elements   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-17)
In this inter-promoting relation of the five elements, each is in the position of "being promoted" and of "promoting", the promoting element being thought of as the "mother" and the promoted element as the "son", forming what is known as the "mother-son" relationship.
In the interacting relation of the five elements, the order is that wood acts on earth, earth acts on water, water acts on fire, fire acts on metal, and metal in turn acts on wood.
The theory of the five elements applies in the medical field in using the inter-promoting, inter-acting, over-acting and counter-acting relation of the five elements to expound the interdepending and inter-restraining relation among the zang-fu organs, sense organs and tissues, and also the correlation between man and nature.
www.acupuncturewinnipeg.ca /five.htm   (1073 words)

 Five (5) Element Pagodas, Stupas, Steles, Gravestones, Three-Element Gravestones
Whatever you may call, it is made of five pieces of stone and serves as a grave marker or cenotaph erected for the repose of the departed.
For esoteric sects, these Five Jinas represent the essential symbols of the Law (Dharma), and were subsequently identified with all the groups of five objects or ideas, such as the five historical Buddhas, the five senses, the five aggregates, the five cardinal points, the five virtues, the five sins, etc.
The five elements also correspond to the five parts of the body: hips (yellow), navel (white), heart (red), between the eyebrows (dark, fl, or blue), and the top of the skull (bright).
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 Five Elements of Ecology
Furthermore, in comparing the perception of the five elements by different people, it becomes clear that the relative importance given to each varies; the differences appear to be influenced by the type of environment and climate in which each culture developed.
In contrast to the ancient Greek learning where the character of the original elements was changed early, in other cultures the four — or fiveelements maintained their original characteristics and acquired a defined meaning as the basis of the body, intellect and spirit, and of the whole world we live in.
The concept of basic elements is practically the same in the Asian tradition as it was in the Hellenic pre-historic or Mycenean age and the early historic period tradition.
www.ignca.nic.in /ps_05024.htm   (7697 words)

 Five Element Training| About Five Elements
The assessment of the Five Elements in a clinical setting is done through the use of the system of correspondences.
The Wood element is associated with the Spring, with new ideas, new growth and the sense of renewal that goes with this season.
The physical examination in the Five Element system focuses on the correspondences available to observe in the patient: the facial color, the sound of the voice, the emotion expressed, the odor of the torso and the general presentation of the patient.
www.fiveelementtraining.com /five_el_and_medical.html   (1817 words)

 An article on The Five Elements: A Thought Provoking Introduction by Dr Christa-Maria Herrmann-Sturrock
The Five Elements are references as independent of religion as of science and they are as inclusive of all religion and science.
Knowledge of the Five Elements, is knowledge of the Movement of Life, it' s alive, in constant change, varied, dynamic and as unrestricted as the plurality of life itself.
The Elements are gross energy, are of 'this world', they are the last step of pure subtle energy becoming matter, they are the bridge between the subtle and the manifest; thus they acknowledge their source as beyond themselves.
www.geocities.com /shaktiworks/5element.htm   (2161 words)

 Five Tips For Garden Sanctuaries - free article courtesy of ArticleCity.com
The disproportion of any one element— whether it is the quality of the earth (soil ph), the amount and quality of water, wind (air), sun (fire), or the amount of space it is planted in—will inhibit its growth.
The space element is associated with the central area of your garden, enhancing the flow of beneficial influences that nourishes the other elements.
Here are five great steps you can use to bring the five elements into balance within your garden and make it a sanctuary that is not only beautiful to look and wonderful to spend time in, but will actually have an empowering affect on the health and well-being of you and your family.
www.articlecity.com /articles/home_improvement/article_227.shtml   (744 words)

 Five Elements Acupuncture
The element Fire, for example, is associated with qualities such as the warmth of summer, the color red, rising or expanding energy, joy, laughter and a scorched odor.
Students of Academy for Five Element Acupuncture are trained, first and foremost, in the ancient and subtle energetic wisdom of the Five Elements.
The Five Element practitioner uses various diagnostic techniques to detect the root cause of imbalances in the energy, and then influences the Qi through specific treatment so that it returns to its natural flow.
www.herbalhealing.co.uk /Acupuncture_five.htm   (485 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Heavenly Stems
The association to Yin Yang and the Five Elements occurred later, after the collapse of the Shang Dynasty.
In Chinese alchemy, wood was one of the five elements.
According to the Five Elements theory, east is assigned to wood, and the Stems of wood are 甲 (jiǎ) and 乙 (yǐ).
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Heavenly-Stems   (1099 words)

 Five Elements - Definition, explanation
In traditional Chinese philosophy, natural phenomena can be classified into the Five Elements (Chinese: {}; pinyin: {}): wood, fire, earth, metal, and water (木, 火, 土, 金, 水;; mù, huǒ, tǔ, jīn, shǔi).
The doctrine of five phases describes both a generating (生, shēng) cycle and an overcoming (克, kè) cycle of interactions between the phases.
The doctrine of five phases was employed in many fields of early Chinese philosophy, including seemingly disparate fields such as music, medicine, and military strategy.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/f/fi/five_elements.php   (254 words)

 Five Elements: Compassionate Dragon Healing
Five elements theory is derived from early Taoist philosophy which divided the world into 5 elements.
The 5 elements are usually presented in a circular manner showing that each element has an intimate relationship with each of the other elements and together make up an integrated whole.
Wood is the element of the Liver, Fire is the element of the Heart, Earth is the element of the Spleen, Metal is the element of the Lungs, and Water is the element of the Kidneys.
www.compassionatedragon.com /five_elements.html   (814 words)

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 The Five Elements in Chinese Medicine
The five-element theory does not attribute things to the five elements mechanically and in isolation, but shows the integrity and harmony of things according to the interrelationship of the five elements, and shows what happens to the five elements after they have lost their balance.
The sequence of the interaction of the five elements is: wood acts upon earth, earth acts upon water, water acts upon fire, fire acts upon metal and metal, in turn, acts upon wood.
The concept of counteraction of the five elements was first seen in the Internal Classic and refers to the abnormal interaction of the five elements after their balance is upset.
www.aworldofgoodhealth.com /articles/five-elements.htm   (737 words)

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