The TCM Metal Element - Sadness

Updated: Feb 15, 2018


Traditional Chinese Medicine's (TCM) Five Element framework is ancient and universal in what it embodies. The Five Elements are deeply woven into every fabric of Chinese culture. In fact, Five Element theory is the foundation of Chinese disciplines including feng shui and the martial arts.

The Five Elements are a comprehensive template that organizes all natural phenomena into five master groups or patterns in nature.


Each of the five groups—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water—include categories such as a season, a direction, climate, stage of growth and development, internal organ, body tissue, emotion, aspect of the soul, taste, color, sound . . . the categories are seemingly limitless.


Metal type people have a white complexion, square faces, small heads, small shoulders that tend to be bent forwards, small abdomens and small hands and feet. Often they have excess body hair.


They are hasty in temperament, able to adjust to different environments, often choose official duties and tend to be surrounded by an aura of sadness, often seeming close to tears. Metal people like definition, structure and discipline; they seek to live according to reason and principle.


The emotion associated with the metal element is Grief or sadness. When sadness pervades, a person may isolate and defend him/herself from the pleasure of attachment and the pain of loss. Metal type people arrange their lives for the purpose of avoiding risks and the vagaries of passion. They can become possessive, acquisitive, and domineering in an effort to control their environment.


Their striving for self-protection may keep them too detached and inaccessible, fearful of true intimacy. They tend to be pleasant but cool. Their lives are designed to keep their feelings in.


Working with you to understand which of the five elements best defines you, is just one of the many ways Traditional Chinese Medicine is different but complimentary to Western Medicine. Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London.


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Excerpts from the original article by ICOM. #TCMMetalElement

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