The Five Elements

The Five Elements

The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. They are aspects of Qi that wax and wane in daily and seasonal cycles. 

Every human being is a beautiful blend of each element. Today, we discuss one: wood.



Meridians: Liver/Gallbladder

The wood element brings clarity and vision to our lives. More than that, it encourages us to truly bring it into being. Wood gives us the gift of being present and ROOTED. This aides us in planning and decision making, as we are not easily moved.  On that flip side, we can be stubborn and bullheaded, with piercing eyes that pull you in, but bring the wrath.


From Zhou Xuehai, Reflections Upon Reading the Medical Classics (Du Yi Suibi), ca. 1895:

The physician who knows how to harmonize the liver knows how to treat the hundred diseases.


We truly must learn to bring our livers into a state of balance. For today, we will focus on the wood element as a focal point of bringing harmony.

Wood Imbalances


Signs and symptoms that our Wood Element may need support:

  • Anger/Irritability/Stress/Frustration
  • Feeling light headed
  • Tight muscles
  • Numbness
  • Right Rib Pain
  • Poor vision
  • Floaters in vision
  • Defensiveness
  • Low self esteem
  • Fatigue (improves with exercise)
  • Depression
  • Frequent Headaches
  • PMS
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Muscle spasms (eye twitching/facial tics)
  • Difficulty planning/organizing
  • Lack of creativity/Writer’s Block

Balancing the Wood Elements



  • Art Therapy (knitting, painting, drawing, writing)
  • Eat sour and bitter foods
  • Calm Physical Exercise (Yoga, Walking, Hiking, Dancing)
  • Reading, curl up with a good book.
  • Surround yourself with plants, get outdoors.
  • Energy Work to heal old wounds and clear trauma




Just For Today

 Today, I would like to urge every one to spend an hour in a state of EXTREME relaxation and self care. If you are following along in real time- today is the Full Moon in Scorpio. You can read more about that here.

If you are catching up, and you are in a different moon phase, self care is ALWAYS relevant. However, reach out to me and I will have some guidelines for you to use.

In addition to that self care, I urge you to CREATE something. A simple drawing, a journal entry, or a painting.

Need a boost in Creativity?

Try this diffuser blend:

for ever 100ml of water in your reservoir, add

3 drops frankincense

4 drops Tangering

2 drops Clary Sage

1 drop Patchouli

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