Wuxing Five Elements

In Chinese, five is WuH. The oracle bone style for five is a symbol to represent the Yin and Yang energies interacting and dancing between Heaven and Earth. This is the pattern of peace, balance, and health.

In Yijing science, the number five stands for Wuxing, the Five Elements of the universe. Wuxing, the Five Element Theory, is the essence of classical Chinese philosophy. The three layers of the universe are constructed of the Five

Elements: Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, and Earth. The word Xing that is translated as "element" here actually means movement, change, or development. Each movement has its Yin and Yang aspect and each should be in balance. In a balanced environment, we will live peacefully and feel lucky.

The energies of the Five Elements are also reflected in the Five Planets: Mercury represents Water, Jupiter represents Wood, Mars represents Fire, Saturn represents Earth, and Venus represents Metal.

Since the human being is part of the universe, understanding the Five Element principle is a way to understand our bodies. With this principle, a Chinese medicine doctor may discern what sort of disease a patient may have. Further, the doctor will apply this principle to help the patient find a proper way to avoid disease or recover from an existing disease.

From the Chinese shamanic perspective, the body is an energetic system constructed of five subsystems: Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung, and Kidney. Each subsystem represents one of the Five Elements and connects with one of the five directions. Please check the Five Elements Chart below for details.

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5 Elements

Metal

Water

Wood

Fire

Earth

Direction

West

North

East

South

Center

Planet

Venus

Mercury

Jupiter

Mars

Saturn

Organ

Lungs

Kidneys

Liver

Heart

Spleen

Color

White (Golden)

Black

Green

Red

Yellow

Flavor

Spicy

Salty

Sour

Bitter

Sweet

Fruit

Peach

Chestnut

Plum

Apricot

Date

Season

Fall

Winter

Spring

Summer

Four Seasons

System

Respiratory

Excretory

Nervous

Circulatory

Digestive

Body Layer

Skin

Bone

Nerves

Blood

Muscle

Face

Nose

Ears

Eyes

Tongue

Mouth

Emotion

Sad

Fear

Anger

Happy

Worry

Disease

Diy

Cold

Wind

Hot

Wet

Personality

Righteous

Gentle

Compassionate

Polite

Trusting

Wuxing Fire

If one of the subsystems of the body has a problem or an imbalance, it will affect the other subsystems and will cause sickness or weight imbalance. One of the goals of Qigong practice is to harmonize the Five Element energies in our bodies. The body will be well maintained if the Five Element energies are in a balanced state.

In the Five Element number system, the number five itself (Wu) belongs to the Earth element and is likened to Earth's function "to harmonize." Five is the Spleen in the body. As an Earth number, five is the center of the universe. Without a center, we are unable to determine any of the other directions. Therefore, five means coordinator or to nurture. More meanings of five in Chinese include perfect, union, matchmaker, or balance.

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