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Five Elements

In traditional Chinese medicine, the visceral organs, as well as other organs and tissues, have similar properties to the five elements; they interact physiologically and pathologically as the five elements do. Through similarity comparison, different phenomena are attributed to the categories of the five elements.

wood – symbolizes growth and construction of the substance  – liver, gall bladder, eye, tendon

water – represents a liquid, movable, removing element  – kidney, urinary bladder, ear, bone

metal – symbolizes hardness, expansiveness and defense  – lung, larg instestine, tongue, hair/skin

earth – corresponds with an accepting, but also destroying element – spleen, stomach, muscle

fire – represents warmth, heat – heart, small intestine, tongue, vessel