|Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2003 - 17:13: |
What is exactly the 5-elements theory and is it significant only in Acupuncture or also in other fields of Chinese thought and arts?
|Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2003 - 23:58: |
The 5 element theory is a systemologic thinking/perception/distinguishing of the different qualities in the changing phases of Yin-Yang. It gives a system to perceive/distinguish almost everything manifest. So it can be used in all fields. example; Wood - idea, Fire - maturity, Spleen - manifestation, Metal - Completion.. and so on. It is a structure of perception that is really rewarding to explore and never stops fascinating. There is always more to discover.
|Posted on Friday, November 21, 2003 - 08:47: |
It is very true what Holger writes, and just to illustrate, here is a table presenting the various manifestations of the elements' energies as physical phenomena in almost every aspect of our physical world:
|Wood|| Fire|| Earth|| Metal|| Water |
|liver|| heart|| spleen|| lung|| kidney |
|sight|| speaking|| taste|| smell|| hearing |
|tendons|| b.vessels|| flesh|| skin|| bones |
|nails|| tongue|| lips|| b.hair|| ears |
|anger|| joy|| obsession|| sorrow|| fear |
|wind|| heat|| dampness|| dryness|| cold |
|spring|| summer|| long summer|| automn|| winter |
|east|| south|| center|| west|| north |
|sour|| bitter|| sweet|| spicy|| salty|
...and so on.
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2003 - 22:49: |
Thank you both for your replies, I really appreciate it.