sheng cycle (sng sīˑ·kl),
n in traditional Chinese medicine, one of the two cycles of the five elements, considered the creative cycle representing the relationships between the five elements where one element nourishes or creates the next element in the cycle. The sheng cycle may be compared to the relationship between a mother and child in terms of nurturing. A therapeutic application of the sheng cycle could be a situation in which a patient's liver energy is disproportionate to the kidney energy.
within the Five Element theory of acupuncture, this is the creative, engendering, productive or generating cycle in which each of the elements creates the element to its right in a clockwise direction. Fire produces Earth, Earth produces Metal, Metal produces Water, Water produces Wood, and Wood produces Fire.