This video course is all on the 5 Element Theory in Chinese medicine (my all time favourite TCM theory!!).

I’ve been teaching TCM to future acupuncture professionals since 2008 and absolutely love it! Now, my goal is to expand my reach to TCM Rock Stars (yep, that’s you!) all over the world. I want to make Chinese medicine easy to grasp and fun to learn. Enjoy!

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TCM Geek

Wood (Mu), Fire (Huo), Earth (Tu), Metal (Jin), Water (Shui)

In TCM, the 5 elements are used to explain the properties of the organs, their mutual relationship and pathological changes.

Five natural substances we cannot do without: food depends on water & fire, production relies on metal & wood, and earth gives birth to everything.

The basic qualities of the 5 elements:

  • Wood can bend & straitened

  • Fire flares upwards

  • Earth permits growth

  • Metal can be moulded and hardens

  • Water moisten and travel downward


    The inter-relationship of the 5 elements:

  • Generating: mother & son (wood needs water to grow, so water generates wood or water is the mother of wood)

  • Controlling: to ensure balance (Water controls fire)

  • Over-acting: balance breaks and disease occurs (Too much fire and Metal would just crumble)

  • Insulting: balance breaks in reverse from the over-acting sequence (Too much water and earth would be flooded)

    TCM treatments with the 5 elements theory

  • Tonifying the mother in case of deficiency of Son (providing water for the growth of wood)

  • Reducing the mother in case of Son excess (Stopping from adding wood to the fire)


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