The relationships between the elements are complex. My aim here is to show you the main idea so you can start using it in daily life right away.
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There are 2 main interactions among the elements, “promotion“ and “restraint“, see diagram above.
key points of the interaction
No two elements and their interaction should be looked at in isolation. Always 5 together as a whole.
The interaction among the elements, both promotion and restraint, are simutaneus and constantly adjusted.
The balance can be maintained when all elements work in harmoniously together.
How to read body’s warning signs of imbalance before getting seriously ill
Since the 5 elements system has established the connection between our 5 zang organs, the 5 colours, the 5 flavours and the 5 pulses, and internal organs’ disorders can manifest on the surface of the body, TCM doctor can identify the internal organs’ imbalance through the changes of complexion, taste and pulse.
Basic telling signs of 5 zang organs’ disorder
- bluish complexion
- preference for sour flavour
- sour taste in the mouth
- taut pulse
- reddish complexion
- bitter taste in the mouth
- full pulse
- yellowish complexion
- sweet taste in the mouth
- slow pulse
- white complexion
- acrid taste in the mouth
- floating pulse
- blackish complexion
- salty taste in the mouth
- deep pulse