Five Elements Theory in Chinese Medicine

In the "Five elements theory" in China, which has been an old concept traced back to ancient times, in the belief that everything in the universe is composed of the five primary elements of nature, namely "metal, wood, water, fire and earth" having relationships to balance everything in equilibrium.

The generation relationship (for instance, by burning wood,
fire is formed, which when turned to ash becomes earth) and
the restriction relationship (for instance, wood has to dominate earth in order to grow from it, earth to dominate water and water to dominate fire) in the Five elements theory are both applicable to the human body.

Wood promotes fire

If the liver and gall
improve, the heart and
intestines also improve


Fire promotes earth


If the heart and intestines
improve, the spleen and
stomach also improve


Earth promotes metal


If the spleen and stomach
improve, the lung and
colon also improve


Metal promotes water


If the lung and colon
improve, the kidneys and
bladder also improve


Water promotes wood


If he kidneys and bladder
improve, the liver and gall also improve

Restriction relationship

Wood  inhibits earth

If the liver and gall
deteriorate, the spleen and stomach also deteriorate


Earth inhibits water


If  the spleen and stomach deteriorate, the kidneys and bladder also


Water inhibits fire


If  the kidneys and bladder deteriorate, the heart and intestines also deteriorate


Fire inhibits metal


If  the heart and intestines
deteriorate, the lungs and
colon also deteriorate


Metal inhibits wood


If  the lungs and colon
deteriorate, the liver and
gall also deteriorate

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