Kinesiology and the Five Elements

For many Kinesiologists first encountering Chinese medicine, one of the greatest attractions is that it addresses the whole person, seamlessly integrating body, mind and spirit within its understanding of human health and disease.

Life is the organisation of the vital life force Qi, manifesting in body, mind and spirit through the Laws of Five Elements. The idea that all of nature is governed by yin/yang and the Five Elements lies at the heart of Chinese medicine.

Five Elements is a translation of the Chinese phrase Wu Xing (五行), meaning five (wu) fundamental processes, agents, interactive phases, movements, transformations, or powers (xing).

The Five Elements, which are Fire (火), Earth (土), Metal (金), Water (水) and Wood (木), represent the fundamental matter in the universe.

Like the seasons of a year are separate but still comprise the whole, the Five Elements are part of a ring of energy that encompasses body, mind, and spirit. The concept of blocks in the movement and balance of energy is the cornerstone of many traditional healing systems.

The goal of Five Element treatment is to enhance personal alignment with what the ancient Daoists called the Laws of Nature. When living in accordance with these Laws, the health of the body, mind and spirit is supported.

These Elements act as maps that reflect all levels of human function.

In the context of Kinesiology, the Elements correspond to a matrix of specific muscles, organs, glands, meridians as well as emotions, attitudes, virtues and behaviours.

Each element corresponds to both a Zang (yin) and Fu (yang) organ.

  • Wood – Liver and Gall Bladder
  • Fire – Heart and Small Intestine and Pericardium and Triple Heater
  • Earth – Spleen and Stomach
  • Metal – Lung and Large Intestine
  • Water – Kidney and Bladder

The Qi of each Element is unique in its nature.

Yin corresponds to the organs that store Qi.

The yin organs are more stable and constant, representing more of the homeostatic mechanisms of the body. As they work with maintaining the body’s foundation, they’re both more consequential and more vulnerable.

Diseases of these organs is considered deeper and more critical.

  • The Liver stores the Blood and regulates the even movement of Qi.
  • The Heart propels the Blood and is the seat of consciousness.
  • The Spleen generates and distributes nourishment.
  • The Lung receives and disperses Qi.
  • The Kidney stores the Vital Essence.

The function of the yin organs is to produce, transform, regulate and store fundamental substances such as qi, blood, and body fluids.

Clinically the Pericardium is the sixth yin organ, complete with its own respective meridian, but in general it is not distinguished from the heart. It governs the blood and protects the Heart from invasion by external pathogens.

When a clients Qi becomes either deficient (xu) or full (shi) within an Element, changes start to take place in various aspects of the physical body as well as in the mind and spirit.

Five Element BioEnergetics brings a vision and understanding of how to assess and treat the roots of an imbalance, whether on a body, mind or spirit level.

It also offers many therapeutic advantages being a non-invasive form of acupuncture.

In general, acupressure (针压) could be described as managing the body’s life energy, or Qi, by redirecting the body’s energy through a series of points on the body that form lines called Meridians.

Every part of the musculoskeletal system is related to a main meridian and its associated sub-meridians.

By stimulating an acupoint, the nervous system receives signals and responds by activating nerve or brain cells, releasing hormones, and influencing our immune system through chemical messengers.

This ‘pressure’ creates a transfer of energy throughout the body that also stimulates blood flow.

This is significant because everything the body needs to heal is in the blood, including oxygen, nutrients we absorb from food, immune substances, hormones, analgesics and anti-inflammatories.

In the healing model of Kinesiology we are looking to restore balance – although one condition may have multiple causes (imbalances), there may be one fundamental imbalance at the root of a seemingly complicated condition.

The pathways of the acupuncture channel system create the inner map of the body.

These pathways are the space where vital substances (qi, blood, and body fluids) are distributed.

Acupoints are functional sites along the meridian channels.

Acupoints have a unique vibration or ‘frequency signature’ through which an informational resonance passes through the meridians and internal organs to restore balance.

Learning these pathways is the key to understanding how to apply effective corrections in clinical practice.

Ready to learn more?

The theories and treatment protocols for balancing the meridian system can be fairly technical, complex, and overwhelming for those seeking to utilise acupressure corrections as part of their clinical practice.

Acupoint selection is a complex art and science which can take practitioners many years to feel comfortable with. There are, however, a number of cardinal points that are useful for acupressure with precise functions that do not require a more developed diagnosis before use.

Five Element BioEergetics brings a vision and understanding of how to assess and treat the roots of an imbalance, whether on a body, mind or spirit level.

To help kinesiologists select acupoints easily and effectively, simple flow charts are integrated into the course treatment protocols to help you confidently apply the course material immediately in your own clinic.

About the Author

Damian Brown is a Naturopath & Kinesiologist with a focus on evidence based practice and the art of healing.

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