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five elements

in Ayurvedic tradition, the basic entities (earth, air, fire, water, and space) whose interaction gives rise to material existence.

Five Elements

Ayurvedic medicine
The basic elements of nature in the ayurvedic construct of the universe—earth, fire, water, air and ether. These elements are not separate material entities, but rather manifestations of the Cosmic Consciousness; earth is manifest by ice, water’s solid state, which with fire melts to become water and steam (the air principle), which then disappears into the ether. In Avurveda, this fusing of matter and energy is intertwined with restoring and maintaining the harmony that corresponds to a state of health.

Chinese medicine
The basic consitituents of nature according to the traditional Chinese construct—fire, earth, metal, water and wood. These elements are not static, but have dynamic qualities that undergo cyclical transformations from one to another: wood creates fire, which creates earth, which creates metal, which creates water, which creates wood, etc. Health is achieved if the life energy flows in an uninterrupted manner.

five elements,

n.pl fire, water, earth, wood, and metal; in Chinese medicine, each of these five components is used to organize phenomena for use in clinical applications. Each of the elements corresponds to a specific function (i.e., metal means a decline in function; wood indicates growth; earth is equated with neutrality and balance; water relates to rest and imminent change in direction; and fire is associated with reaching a peak and imminent decline).
References in classic literature ?
The five elements (water, fire, wood, metal, earth) are not always equally predominant; the four seasons make way for each other in turn.
In Five Element acupuncture, health and overall well-being are evaluated by observing a patient's subtle facial coloring, sound of the voice, scent and emotional tendencies.
Worsley was one of the practitioners who studied this earlier style of Chinese medicine and began teaching it in England and the united States as a style now known as Classical, or Five Element, Acupuncture.
The Chuan journey begins with a specialist taking guests through a five element questionnaire to determine which life element is out of balance and in need of further nurturing.
Combining into more and more complex organizations, the DNA five element molecules comprise more and more complex downstream products -- from elephant tusks to the human brain.
Geochemical study underway to: - document five element PGM concentrations - determine controls on metal distribution - establish genetic model for origins of mineralization
One of these models is the Five Element theory, which assigns general qualities, characteristics, and specific foods to the elements of metal, earth, fire, wood and water (see table).
With Plant Spirit Medicine, Eliot Cowan has combined his knowledge and expertise us a Five Element Acupuncturist with indigenous healing methods and wisdom gained from years of intensive study with the Huichol people of Mexico.
The Five Element Body Clock of Chinese Medicine has been used :for centuries to correlate accurately the Elements (fire, water, wood, metal, earth) with organ and endocrine functions to specific peak times of the day and evening.
It is uniquely based on the energetic principles of Chinese five element theory and the interplay of Yin and Yang, believing the body is not just matter but also energy.
The Five-Element style was first brought to the West by Professor JR Worsley from his teachers Ono and Hsui in the late 1950s, after which he set up the first college dedicated to constitutional Five Element acupuncture in Leamington Spa UK (1).