The 5 Element View Of Winter


Avenue of the snowy Apple Trees

Originally uploaded by Habub3

Happy 2011! Let’s start off the year celebrating winter too. In the past, we’ve written about how the 5 element philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine makes sense of fall and spring. Now let’s take a look at winter. If you aren’t familiar with 5 element thinking, check out the two earlier posts here and here for a better idea.

Winter is the water element.

The water element concerns the kidneys and urinary bladder.

Color-black or deep blue
Sense organ-ears
Water element is responsible for-bones, teeth, marrow and nerves
Part of the eye-pupil
Tongue location- the root
body fluid- urine
Emotion- fear
Water element’s odor-putrid/rotten
Strained by- standing
Sound emitted with emotion-groan
Sound emitted with illness-yawning
Climate-cold and wet
Stage of development-death

How do all of these make sense to you? Do any seem to play a significant roll in your life for better or for worse? Have fun thinking about it!