Balance Of The Five Elements
It's interesting how the five elements balance each other:
Water controls Fire, while Fire will control Metal. If Water is weak and fails to control Fire, then Fire's action on metal becomes excessive and Metal is weakened as a result - this then has on impact on the rest of the cycle. Inevitably if one element foils to fulfil its controlling/restraining duties then the imbalance can become much more severe and damaging.
Earth of the five elements
Earth is associated with the Spleen and Stomach, with the mouth, lips and muscles, with the colour yellow, with summer, and with Dampness.Thus, a yellow skin tinge would suggest a problem with the Spleen, or with Damp. Its associated emotion is worry; its spiritual association, called 'Yi', translates as 'the consciousness of possibilities'.
Metal of the five elements
Metal is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine, and with the nose, body hair and skin. Its colour is white, and it is related to Dryness, the autumn, and pungent tastes. Its emotion is grief; Lung ailments can be closely linked with sorrow or bereavement. Its spiritual association is 'Po' - that part of our soul which reflects our animal desires and wants.
Water of the five elements
Water is the element of the Kidneys and Bladder, and is associated with the ears, bones and head hair. Its colour is black, and it is linked with winter and Cold. Blackness around the eyes will often suggest a Kidney deficiency; a grey face may suggest invading Cold. Its emotion is fear, and its spiritual association is 'Zhi' - wisdom or will-power.
Wood of the five elements
Wood is linked to the Liver and Gall Bladder, and to eyes, tendons and nails; thus eye problems are often treated with Liver herbs. Its colour is green and its season is spring; it is also linked with Wind. Its emotion is anger (the phrase 'gungho' means 'Liver Fire' in Chinese), and its spiritual association is 'Hun' - virtue, benevolence or kindness.
Fire of the five elements
Fire is associated with the Heart and Small Intestine, and with the tongue, complexion and blood vessels. It is linked to Heat and summer, and its colour is red; a ruddy complexion will suggest Heart Fire. Its emotion is joy or mania. The Heart is associated with the soul, and a person whose life lacks a spiritual dimension may be at risk from heart disease.