Energy Medicine for Wood Element

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM), Five element theory is based on the relationship between these elements in nature as well as the life force or “qi” that flows through them.

The five elements or rhythms are water, wood, fire, earth, and metal.  Each element is associated with specific body organs, colors, flavors, senses, emotions, and seasons.

We all have a unique fusion of these elements and when studying them more deeply we can understand how they impact our health and wellness.  Typically, we have a dominant rhythm or a combination of two or three that are most present in our energies.   We also go through phases in our lives where certain rhythms are more dominant. Each of the rhythms has its strengths and its potential weaknesses, which can manifest when that person is out of balance. This information is valuable to know, as it helps us to understand ourselves and to be aware of factors that may contribute to personal disharmony and to health challenges.

Wood people are assertive, stand their ground, are determined, and get things done. They are confident and decisive. They are often leaders who see what needs to be done and then marshal the forces to do it. They typically respond to injustice by working to make the world a better place. They tend to be independent, organized, and structured. When these qualities are out of balance, wood types can become domineering, arrogant, and inflexible. When in a state of stress, a wood person typically becomes angry. Archetypes are the warrior, the commander, and even the pioneer. The color associated with wood is green and the flavor sour.

Liver, gallbladder, tendons, and eyes are the organs associated with the wood element. As we enter spring, making sure that these organs are stable can help support us during this time of year.

Some common signs that our wood element is out of balance are:

  • Anger and frustration
  • Eye Problems
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Brittle Nails
  • Headaches
  • Joint Pain

What we can all learn from the rhythm of wood is to step into a place of action—we can draw on our relationship to wood to tap into our inner strength, our convictions, and to get things done.

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