Procrastinating by watching another cat video? Reaching for another cookie? Stop! Understanding your Water element can help you be creative AND regulate your behavior!
As we wrote in our previous article, Five Elements theory rests on the idea that all phenomena in the universe derive from the movement and interactions of Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Five Elements theory drives Chinese medicine’s understanding of physiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment, and pharmacology.
Five Elements theory was derived by observing nature and applied to ensuring longevity and a healthy life!
We begin our journey with Water. It is a great starting point because, according to the Chinese Medicine seasonal calendar, Winter begins in November, and Water is the element associated with Winter.
Chinese medicine developed over thousands of years through observation and trial and error. More like scientists in the field, Chinese doctors worked with people in their actual settings not in labs. They recorded their findings which had to stand up under the equivalent of peer-review to make sure recommendations worked over time. Numerous volumes compile this knowledge, with continued refinements over the centuries into present times.
Even before doctors developed Chinese medicine, the ancients in China watched the sky. They watched the universe and the movement of objects in space, and in particular five stars that they associated with the seasons and the different directions. They related their observations of the sky to what was happening on Earth. They believed that people live in the universe and should follow the order of the universe.
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We start our journey thousands of years ago in ancient China. Much of Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in several classical writings. One of the first is Huang Di, Nei Jing Su Wen. One story in this classic tells of Huang Di growing from a child to a man capable of questioning, studying, and learning. The story is as follows: