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A Simple ish Introduction to Chinese Medicines 5 Elements

Hey there, fellow lovers of all things energy and wellness!

Today I want to start to unravel the secrets of Chinese medicine and the profound influence of the 5 Elements – Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire – on our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Get ready to tap into the essence of each element and discover how they synergize within us. This is one of my favourite topics and such a rabbit hole to revel in but today we are going to Keep It Simple ish😊  



Earth is the anchor, the foundation upon which all life is built. In Chinese medicine, it symbolizes stability, nourishment, and the centre of existence. Think mother nature.

Physical Attributes: Earth governs the spleen and stomach, responsible for digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. When Earth is in balance, our digestion is smooth, and we feel energized by the nourishment we receive.

Emotional Attributes: Earth is associated with nurturing, empathy, and stability. When balanced, we feel grounded, able to provide care and support to ourselves and others very naturally.

Spiritual Attributes: Representing the centre and nourishment, Earth reminds us of the importance of finding balance within ourselves. When we are grounded, we are better equipped to navigate the challenges and complexities of life.

In a nutshell - Grounded like a fucking boss, Earth's here to keep emotions steady and all things nurtured - absolutely no drama shall shake this solid foundation!



Metal is the element of refinement and clarity, just like a sharp blade cutting through the fog of fluff and confusion. It embodies precision, organization, and the ability to sort truth from BS.

Physical Attributes: Metal governs the lungs and large intestine, responsible for breathing and elimination. When in balance, our respiratory system functions smoothly, and our body efficiently removes waste.

Emotional Attributes: Linked to qualities like discernment, organization, and grief. When balanced, we can think clearly, make decisions with confidence, and process emotions in a healthy proficient manner.

Spiritual Attributes: Representing refinement and clarity, Metal encourages us to strive for purity in our thoughts and actions. It reminds us to let go of what no longer serves us, making room for growth and transformation.

In a nutshell – Razor sharp and precise, Metal slices through the bullshit, organizes life like a pro and deals with emotions like a boss – zero time for emotional baggage or bullshit!



Water is the essence of fluidity and adaptability, flowing effortlessly around obstacles and shaping the landscape over time. It embodies the depths of our emotions and the mysteries of the subconscious mind.

Physical Attributes: Water governs the kidneys and bladder, regulating fluid balance and supporting our vital essence. When in balance, we are hydrated, and our energy reserves are replenished.

Emotional Attributes: Associated with fear, wisdom, and the courage to explore the unknown. When balanced, we embrace change with resilience, trusting in our intuition and inner guidance.

Spiritual Attributes: Symbolizing flow and adaptability, Water encourages us to dive deep into the depths of our subconscious mind. It teaches us to embrace the ebb and flow of life, finding strength in our ability to navigate uncertainty.

In a nutshell: Flowing with fierce intuition, Water rides the waves of emotion like a badass, diving into the subconscious and stayin' cool under pressure, silent assassins and amazing healers - emotions? Pfft, Water's all over that!



Wood is the element of growth and expansion, reminiscent of a mighty tree reaching for the sky. It embodies ambition, vision, and the power of renewal.

Physical Attributes: Wood governs the liver and gallbladder, responsible for the smooth flow of energy (qi) and detoxification. When in balance, our body's energy flows freely, and we feel revitalized.

Emotional Attributes: Linked to qualities like assertiveness, vision, and anger. When balanced, we are assertive in pursuing our goals, able to see the bigger picture, and express our emotions constructively.

Spiritual Attributes: Symbolizing growth and expansion, Wood encourages us to embrace change and pursue our dreams with determination. It reminds us that every challenge is an opportunity for growth and renewal.

In a nutshell: Assertive as hell, Wood's all about freakin' growth!  Tackling challenges head-on, channelling anger into action, and seeing the forest AND the trees – there’s no stopping this upward bound MoFo!



Fire is the element of passion and transformation, radiating warmth and illumination wherever it goes. It embodies joy, love, and the spark of creativity.

Physical Attributes: Fire governs the heart, small intestine, pericardium, and triple warmer, regulating circulation, digestion, and emotional warmth. When in balance, our heart beats with vitality, and we digest life's experiences with ease.

Emotional Attributes: Associated with joy, love, and the spark of creativity. When balanced, we experience genuine connections with others, radiate warmth and enthusiasm, and express ourselves creatively.

Spiritual Attributes: Representing passion and transformation, Fire encourages us to embrace our inner light and share it with the world. It reminds us that every moment is an opportunity to ignite our passions and illuminate the path ahead.

In a nutshell: Radiant and passionate AF, the sassy sexy life of the party, spreading warmth, joy, and creativity wherever they damn well please - emotions? All of them at any time, and all while lighting up the whole bloody world!


The 5 Elements of Chinese medicine offer a profound framework for understanding the complexities of our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. By recognizing the attributes of each element within ourselves, good – not great and everything in between, we can cultivate balance and harmony in all aspects of our lives.

May you embark on your own journey of self-discovery, embracing the wisdom of the Elements as guides along the way.

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