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In the Five Element Theory, there are five groups — Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each Element includes categories, such as Yin/Yang Organs, a correlated season, direction, climate, stage of growth and development, body tissue, emotion, aspect of the soul, taste, color, sound, and so forth. You can see this in the image to the right.

Five Element Theory provides a roadmap of how nature interacts with the body and how our body is then impacted. For example, if a person is dealing with anger and symptoms of the eye (red eyes/twitching eyes), we will take a look at the Wood Element and pick acupuncture points on the Liver and/or Gall Bladder meridian. 


There are 6 Zang Organs and 6 Fu Organs. Zang fu organ theory is essentially the Yin-Yang, interconnected relationship of the organs in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Zang Organs (Lung, Heart, Kidney, Spleen, Liver) are yin energy -- these organs govern physical and mental regulation of the body and act on the interior meridians/channels. Fu Organs (Lg. Intestine, Sm. Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Stomach, Gall Bladder) possess yang energy. Yang organs influence the exterior of the body and are involved in the transformation and disposal of food and waste. Zang Fu Organ Theory was created and used as a way of explaining how external signs (ex: a flushed face) correlates to what’s going on internally. Using Zang Fu Organ Pattern Diagnosis, this allows practitioners to decide which acupuncture points to use during a treatment.

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