A great way to examine health is by examining moods and habits. Moods and habits are part of the diagnostic methods used by an Acupuncturist practicing Chinese Medicine to determine where imbalances are experienced and how they can effect the life and health of their patients. Treatment of these imbalances can be an acupuncture treatment, acupressure, herbal remedy, or as simple as incorporating a food into the diet.
This diagnostic method is very simple and uses the Five Element Correspondences :
WOOD, FIRE, EARTH, METAL, WATER
With each element there is a corresponding organ and emotion leading to moods and habits that effect our everyday lives. Everybody is different depending on whether an organ is functioning properly, in excess, or in deficiency. These differences are what make Chinese Medical Diagnostics so interesting.
The WOOD element is connected to the function of the Liver. When this organ is in balance someone is most likely to be calm, patient, an effective leader, practice good judgment, and have the ability to make good decisions. Having the WOOD element out of balance can be shown as anger, being easily frustrated, having poor vision or red irritated eyes, and being unable to make even small decisions.
FIRE is the element of the Heart-Mind. In Chinese Medicine, when the heart-mind is balanced a person is concentrated, friendly, humble, open and aware, and able to tackle problems easily. Out of balance FIRE elements present on a person as mania, listlessness, insomnia, having emotional outbursts and having a flushed appearance.
The EARTH element looks to the Stomach for proper digestion but manifests itself in proper balance as a hard working, practical, responsible, and orderly person. This person will also be strong, active, stable, and have a healthy creative outlet. The imbalance of this element shows a lot of what is seen in society today such as anxiety and anxiety disorders, weak muscles, lack of will power, digestive problems, and just plain being tired, clumsy, and lazy.
A balanced METAL element is a product of healthy Lung function. A person with this balance can also expect to hold on to their principles and keep their commitments. They will also have the ability to release sadness properly and healthfully detach from toxic relationships. The imbalance can be seen as breaking commitments and appointments, having attachment disorders, and experiencing frequent grief and sadness. This imbalance of the METAL element also shows up on the body as skin disorders.
Finally, the last element WATER is joined with the Kidneys. The Kidneys are the grounding organ in Chinese Medicine and show themselves as the ability to balance assertive action with nurture, achieve big accomplishments with little stress, be active yet calm, and courageous yet gentle. Our Kidneys show our “back bone” and inner strength. When out of balance a person can experience excess fear (fear of life or fear of new or different experiences), low back pain, weak or painful knees, and personality disorders.
A Board Certified Acupuncturist is needed for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment.