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What are the Five Elements?

The Five Element system evolved out of a need to understand and interpret the world around us. Through careful observation, the ancient Chinese were able to see various patterns.

The number Five was found to be particularly useful for describing natural cycles. In every cycle in life you can see the workings of these five fundamental movements of energy.

The names given to these five phases are: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal. 5 Element Acupuncture Dublin - The Five Elements

In the cycle of the seasons, we can see the clearest manifestation of the five elements.

5 Element Acupuncture Dublin - Wood - Spring WOOD is associated with Spring and growth, with having a vision for our lives, with planning and decision-making and the anger and frustration we feel when thwarted. It gives us the ability to set goals and be decisive, but also to be flexible and adapt easily. We move forward in life, but are not overly driven.

5 Element Acupuncture Dublin - Fire - Summer FIRE goes with Summer, with the maturing of our lives, our plans and our visions. It is associated with joy and our ability to have relationships, make friends, love and be loved, and have fun. It gives us the joy of a keen and lively intelligence. We feel connected to life all around us.

5 Element Acupuncture Dublin - Earth - Late Summer EARTH is associated with Late Summer, (Harvest time), and with the reaping of the harvest of our plans in our lives, in our work and in our families. Earth gives us the ability to take care of ourselves and others, and to feel sympathy for the suffering of others. When we are well-nourished by healthy food, stimulating information and the loving care of others, we feel secure, grounded and content.

5 Element Acupuncture Dublin - Metal - Autumn METAL is represented by Autumn, when the trees let go of their leaves. Like the trees, we need to be able to let go of old beliefs, old possessions, old relationships, the past. Metal also gives us the ability to take in, to be inspired, to see the Divine within us and around us. Metal goes with the grief we feel when we donít recognize our own value, canít let go of the past, and arenít inspired. Metal gives value to our lives.

5 Element Acupuncture Dublin - Water - Winter WATER is associated with Winter, when rain and snow replenish the reserves that spring will draw upon. We also have reserves within us that give us the will and determination to move forward in life. Excessive demands on or squandering of our reserves of energy, money or abilities can make us fear for our survival. We must relax and rest and replenish our reserves.

Just as the Five Elements all exist in nature they are also inside of us, as we are a microcosm of nature. If you consider the care required to tend a garden, certain plants need more water, richer soil, and more sun than other plants. Some do better in the shade, need less water and require fewer nutrients. We humans are the same way. Classical Five Element Acupuncture (CF-EA) brings all of this into focus. We need just the right balance of all the elements in order to be healthy, in good balance, and to feel our best. Through acupucture treatment this can be achieved.

Relying on natural laws, CF-EA recognizes that the health of your entire body, mind and spirit must be taken into account in order to fully diagnose the cause of your illness. Only then can the most effective help be offered to you so that you can regain your balance and health on all levels.

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