five element theory

five element theory

a major influence in Chinese traditional medicine; the theory is that everything in the universe is the product of change and movement of the five elements, wood, fire, earth, metal, water, as concepts not as objects. See also sheng cycle, ko cycle.
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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).
The Five Element Theory is a key to identifying the core energy pattern that anchors a disease and causes blocked meridians and thus blocked hormones and neurotransmitters," says Dale.