Which element are you?
Within the philosophy of Chinese Medicine there are various elements; Wood, Metal, Water, Fire and Earth, each element having its own power. It is thought that, who you are, how you react to things, how you relate to other people etc. is defined by one particular element. You may be a mixture but it is likely that you will identify with one, more strongly.
Sally, our Chinese Acupuncturist at Courtyard likes to use well known people to illustrate the characteristics of an element. In the case of Wood, she cites Jeremy Paxman and Anne Robinson. Like ‘em or loathe ‘em these are forceful, direct people with lots of focused energy.
The five elements are also used to define periods during the calendar year, as I explained earlier, we are currently in the Wood season. Wood defines a period where there is a sense of powerful energy, new growth, green shoots coming up and bursts of directed activity. This can be a fantastic time if you are able to harness some of that energy, using it perhaps to make a big change in your life, get that job, get out of a situation that has been holding you back, lose weight, stop smoking, tell someone you love them.
Beware however, there is a catch with the Wood season which coincides with early spring. Spring is considered a ‘transitional’ season, the bridge between winter, when there is stillness and a sense of retreat from the world, and summer, when life is in full flow. A lot of energy is required to make that adjustment from a period of low to high activity, what if you’re not feeling up to that? Perhaps because of anxiety, worry, depression or illness, you’re not equipped for a big burst of activity? What if all this directed energy and enthusiasm is antagonistic and irritating to you? Interestingly, Wood is also a period associated with anger.
Chinese Acupuncture can help, assisting you to ride the wave of positive energy and achieve your goals, but also treating the vulnerabilities within an element. After identifying areas of weakness, acupuncture aims to provide support and nourishment, restoring balance and making you better able to take on what life requires.
As humans we have a tendency to fight the natural pattern of the seasons, to push ourselves through fatigue or to miss opportunities when energy is there to help us on our way.
Throughout the year, we’ll be addressing the other elements, both in terms of season and personality. You may find that you identify with the characteristics of a passionate Heart Fire or maybe you are a cautious but sensitive Water soul?
If you’ve found these concepts interesting and would like to know more, or feel that Chinese Acupuncture may be able to help you, please give us a call or email us and arrange a consultation with Sally. She is a unique person and therapist, and your experience with her will be rich and unexpected.