The Universal Theory Woven through all Chinese Culture

Updated: Feb 13, 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.


The Five Elements reflect a deep understanding of natural law, the Universal order underlying all things in our world.


They represent a relationship that acts as a restraining energy or force, making sure that things do not grow too quickly or slowly, neither too strong nor too weak. Without support, things would fall out of proportion; balance would be lost.  


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. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here Excerpts from the original article by TCM World.

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