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Wu Xing, five-element phase theory

The elements are: fire, water, earth, metal and wood. The Wu Xing, five-element phase theory, is structured to enunciate earth’s Yin/Yang changing. This is the cyclical movement/changing between the elements of earth; how they effect, give rise to, balance and support each other. They illuminate all aspects related to earth’s elemental Yin/Yang make up and changing. 

In TCM theory, each organ system of the body is associated with an elemental phase according to its fundamental character. That is, the heart is known as The King of Fire – the heart’s vigorous pumping action generates heat (relative to the other organ systems) and is therefore associated with fire (Yang); whole-body fluid regulation by the kidneys is more subdued and associates kidneys with water (Yin); liver – wood; lungs – metal; and spleen – earth. As external nature is obviously mirrored in the make up of the earth of a human body, application of the five-element phase theory defines how the body organ systems coordinate, balance, support and potentially attack each other.

The above Tian, heavenly influences, and Di, earth’s elemental physical building blocks, all cause changing upon the Xing, form, and the body’s condition can effect upon Shen, spirit. Ren, people, are also affected by life circumstances apart from those of heavenly or earthly influences. Conditions of Shen, spirit, can have an effect upon Xing, body (form). These influences may include depressive environmental surrounds, work conditions, emotional and family relationships, social and political environments, etc. Understanding how Xing, form, and Shen, spirit, combine and how the above can disturb a person will provide understanding. The study of TCM includes all of these concepts.

The next step onward from understanding the individual characteristics of the above three divisions, is how to understand the profound overall relationship dynamic between Tian, heaven, Ren, people or living entities between heaven and earth, and Di, earth’s elements, and how they combine/interrelate in totality. The Ba Gua correlation of symbols was created to enunciate this quest. 


Julie performing the Wu Gong long form, prior to Professor Wong’s physical arts students receiving Tai Chi and Wu Gong grading certificates, froms the Taiwan Martial arts Association. The Taiwan government certifies these awards.

Tai Ji Quan, Wu Gong and Tang Sou

Knowledge gained from the physical arts. These present the diligent student with insight regarding, Qi (vital energy), Spirit, and physical form and structure. How Qi connects the Spirit to the physical body via the meridian system, how spirit leads Qi and form etc.

Ru-Yi, TCM Medical Literate

Archaeological studies and literary pointers indicate origins of the study of natures lore i.e. nature Dao principles, may reach back as far as 16,000 years. We can, through this vast transmigration of time, today understand concepts such as Yin and Yang and realise why they are always relevant to people, no matter from which age.
For example, regarding the cycle of night and day, Yang time is from sun up to sun down. The sun causing light and heat to increase natural activity by warming the earth, is a typically Yang function. Night is considered Yin time due to the darkness and relative coolness and is naturally more appropriate for recovery, rest and sleep. Regarding people, in relationship to earths daily cycle of night through day, and the best way to govern our own finite personal resources, Yang time is naturally the best for activity and working, Yin time the best time to restore and rest. When rest and work balance each other, longevity will be enhanced and health will not suffer with this as a cause. A person of Ru Yi will understand a vast range of natural principles, like the one above, and how they affect the well being of people.

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