Wood Element Symbol

The Wood Element in Classical 5 Element Acupuncture

So, ‘5 Weeks, 5 Elements’ saw us taking a look at each of the Chinese elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water on Facebook. For anyone that missed it, we’ll be reposting the whole series here on our blog over the next 5 days.

We began with Wood, the Chinese element that’s associated with the East, Southeast, the colour green and the season of spring.

The Chinese character for Wood ‘mu’ (pictured) represents a tree. So, it makes sense that this element’s attributes are strength and flexibility. When there’s an imbalance in a Wood type person, they may find themselves stuck in a rut and unable to move forward but, when balanced, this element allows us to grow and take action in our lives.

Each element is linked with an emotion and in the case of Wood this is anger, which can manifest at either extreme when out of balance. Of course, we all get angry from time-to-time, but do you get angry really quickly? Or, are you unable to express your anger – it’s there just under the surface, but people think you’re completely apathetic? Anger in its negative sense can lead to great frustration and irritation, but Wood types who can take a step back, and perhaps use this emotion positively, can draw upon the benevolence that’s inherent in the Wood element to bring about a change for good.

Next time, we’ll look at the liver and gallbladder – the officials of Wood…

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