TCM relates many functions, as well as pathologies, of the human body as a relationship among the five elements.
Similar to the five elements of matter proposed by Empedocles and Aristotle of ancient Greece: air, earth, water, fire, and aether, TCM theorizes that the human body itself shares characteristics similar to the environment composed of the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood.
The five elements, from a TCM perspective, are a way of classifying different energies, symptoms, and traits within the energetic, emotional, and physical body, with a focus on maintaining proper balance within the elements to ensure optimal health and well being.
They are subject to fits of rage, or smoldering brooding.
If it is nourished and well balanced, we bend and yield when our body requires and we stand up and are strong when that is needed.
Very often when the Wood element has been negatively affected, people feel as if they are not in control of their emotions.
As we move from spring to summer, our minds are turning to the great outdoors after a winter of hibernation.Our internal dialogue is telling us to get out there, clear the yard, start the garden, and clean the house; in essence: move!In TCM, the Wood element, energetically related to the liver and gallbladder, has multiple functions.Similar to a tree, the function of the Wood element can either be strong and unyielding like the rigid trunk of the oak tree or rooted and flexible like reeds of bamboo.Depending on what we encounter in life, both are sometimes needed, but can be inappropriate if the need calls for the opposite view.The Wood element governs the emotional and intuitive body.