Prior to our modern electronic societies, people who lived from the earth understood the closeness and importance of nature. As nature all around them went through its natural process of change, they instinctively knew that the nature “within” followed these same patterns. They watched and learned the Elements and knew that as nature around them went through natural processes of change, the cycle of seasons also created changes within. Each Element is ever present and ever basic to life. All thinking, feeling and performances are done in accordance with Nature.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the relationship of the human being to nature is natural and the system of examination, diagnosis and treatment is based on natural processes.
The concept of health follows laws natural in Life Energy (Chi’), natural in nature. The existence of humanity and in fact all of nature are dependent upon Chi’.
Chi’ is needed to move planets, making the sun shine, the wind blow and the Elements to be present. If Chi’ goes out of kilter it becomes basis of disease. Stress and stress related health problems are often blamed on conditions “outside” the body, rather than “looking” within.
When in a healthy state, human beings should be able to feel and express all the emotions as appropriate. Every illness or imbalance is bound up with an emotion. The sound of our voice reflects our emotion.
Furthermore the Chinese believed that climate had a profound effect on our health and energy. The philosophy of the Five Elements takes us through the various behavioural patterns that emerge when our Meridians are congested and our anatomical organs are stressed from wrong life-style choices.
Specific learning outcomes
On completion of this course, the participants will be able to relate to:
- List and describe the Five Elements and their related Meridians
- Explain the generating and control cycles of the Five Elements
- Distinguish between the different characteristics of the Five Elements
- Relate aspects associated with a correct and balanced lifestyle to the Five Elements
- Relate to seasonal changes and health
- Relate to different emotional behaviour and the Five Elements
- Relate to various tissue weaknesses and their organ relationship
- Relate to sense organs and their Five Elements relationship
- Relate to voice sounds and their Five Elements relationship
- Relate to assessment of external manifestations and their relationship to the Five Elements
- Relate to food flavour
- Relate to climatic changes and health
- Relate to colours and health
- Relate to body smell/odours and health