The Five Elements Theory is a Chinese philosophy used to describe interactions and relationships between things. The five elements — Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water — are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur.
The Five Element Acupuncture has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a method of diagnosis and treatment for over two thousand years. Sometimes referred to as the “Five Phase” theory, it is believed the five elements represent our controlling and creative energies. Ideally, all five of these elements should be in balance.
Each of the five elements corresponds to a particular Yin and Yang organ in the body. In our bodies, the Earth element is represented by the Stomach and Spleen, the organs that receive food and enable us to be nourished by its essence.
The critical functions of a healthy spleen are as follows:-
1.Produces blood and prevents hemorrhage
2.Prevents water retention
3.Governs digestion of nutrients and food into energy
4.Controls the well-being of muscles
5.Supports clear thinking
The critical functions of a healthy stomach are as follows:-
1.Support the proper digestion of food
2.Controls the transportation of energy produced from food
3.Controls emotions related to worry and anxiety
The Earth element is like a pivot and functions to hold everything in place, as how the ground holds a plant or tree in place. So a strong Earth organ (stomach and spleen) is important to ensure stability and proper functioning of all other bodily organs.
We derive Qi and make Blood from what we eat, which is dependent on a vibrant Spleen and Stomach to extract and build it from the basic building blocks of food.
One way to energize and support the Earth element organs (stomach and spleen), is to drink water from a clay earthen water dispenser. The clay earthen water dispenser is made from clay, which carries the earth energy. Water which is kept in a clay earthen water dispenser will be infused with this beneficial earth energy. Drinking water, infused with earth energy, will invigorate and energize the stomach and spleen.