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Element

Wood

Season

Spring

Color

Green

Emotion

Anger

Yin Organ

Liver

Yang Organ

Gallbladder

Essential Oils

Orange Sweet, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Yarrow, Peppermint, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Neroli, Rosemary Verbenon, Lemon

Your quiz results indicate that you have an imbalance of the Wood element.

In ancient times, Chinese thinkers developed what now is known as the classic 5-element theory. It was then noticed that human physiology could be catagorized into five different ‘types’.

In order to make it easier to understand for regular folk, these five categories were named after five different elements. That way, element metaphors could be used to explain how each element (body type) behaves… and how it can be treated.

Traditional Chinese Medicine states that every element is related to a season, a color, a flavor, an emotion, and a couple of organs in the body.

Keep on reading to learn more about how the wood element influences your life. By doing so, you may identify possible physical/emotional imbalances and learn how to promote health and wellness.

The Wood Element

Picturing a tree is the best and easiest way to grasp the deep concept of the Wood element. Trees will always grow branches towards the sky; hence wood’s natural movement is upward and outward.

On a very windy day, trees stay rooted firmly and they can bend and move to avoid a break. Wood is flexible, yet strong and durable; wood can also make a fire.

According to this classic theory, wood is related to the Spring season – this means that at this time of the year, the wood energy of our bodies stands at its peak.

Every year, after a cold, dull winter, the days start turning warmer and brighter. Spring is the time when everything comes back to life. The trees, the plants and all life that had been dormant now experience re-birth.

There’s so much growth and blossom in Spring, thus this is the perfect opportunity to act upon and begin new projects, to be creative, make important decisions and nurture fresh friendships.

To balance your wood element you’ll need to apply the four acupressure points below.

When the wood element is in balance, you trust yourself and take full responsibility for your life. You feel a strong sense of self-worth and positive self-value and act with integrity that is guided by your own personal honor code.

People with a balanced wood element are often decisive, visionary, and great at forward planning. They can express their feelings peacefully and they’re often patient and thoughtful. When this element goes out of balance, all these qualities can be lost.

You may experience imbalance as an inability to take responsibility for yourself and your life experiences. You may lack self-control and blame and criticize others for your inability to make decisions, organize, plan and take consistent action towards the fulfillment of your life purpose.

The organs related to the Wood element are liver (yin) and the gallbladder (yang). To understand the common signs and symptoms that manifest due to an imbalanced wood element, we must first be aware of the functions of these organs.

In Chinese medicine, the liver oversees two main tasks. One is to smooth the flow of energy (also known as Qi), blood and body fluids by dredging their routes throughout the body. This means that the liver is an important regulator of the functions of all organs and systems in our bodies.

When a smooth flow is not achieved, obstruction and stagnation may occur. This may lead to poor blood flow (think of varicose veins, menstrual cramps, fixed pain), retention of fluids (edema or swelling) and qi stagnation (abdominal pain, emotional disturbances, anger in particular).

The liver’s second function is to store blood and regulate its volume. When you are resting, for example, your blood is stored in the liver, but when you engage in some physical activity, blood exits the liver towards the muscles to ensure blood and oxygen are available.

For this reason, bleeding and menstrual issues can be associated with a Liver-Wood imbalance. Menstrual pain, PMS, irregular/poor/excessive menstruation, breast tenderness, polycystic ovary syndrome, all of these can be linked back to the liver organ.

Another physical function of the Liver is to nourish the eyes, the nails, the muscles, and tendons. An issue with this element may cause symptoms such as blurred vision, dry or red eyes, dry and thick nails, shivering limbs, and joint stiffness or pain.

The Liver also sends energy to the head, and when it gets excessive, this can cause headaches, migraines or dizziness. If the Liver fails to circulate this energy as it should, problems such as depression can also occur.

Have you ever got a headache after arguing with another person? Well, this is a perfect example of the liver’s wood energy rising and branching upward to the head.

The gallbladder is connected to the liver and contains bile, which is needed to assist digestion and absorption of food. This is the gallbladder’s main function; when impaired, it can lead to anorexia, vomiting, yellowish skin, bitter taste in the mouth, loose stools and pain below the ribs.  

Related physical symptoms of imbalanced wood element include:

Have you experienced any of these physical symptoms before? No need to worry, there are several ways to restore balance. But, before we get to that, let us also talk about the emotional impact of an imbalanced wood element.

Wood is associated with anger. This is normally seen as a negative emotion, but when expressed in the right way, it can be a great driving force for change. People with imbalanced wood elements may get easily agitated or lose their temper. They can often feel frustrated, impatient, tense or stuck. On the flip side, people may not experience anger, even when they should. They can seem apathetic, resigned, depressed and hopeless.

Related emotional symptoms of imbalanced wood element include:

With that said, lets examine the actions you may take to even out the wood element.

Remember, wood can flex. It is important to get rid of rigid behaviors or resistance patterns you may be carrying from your mind into the external world.

For example:

It is key to cultivate a flexible mindset so we can adapt to every changing situation. Dropping the need for total control and learning to trust the natural flow of life can be very helpful in these scenarios.

It is advisable to practice yoga or tai chi at least 3 times a week to calm the mind, get rid of old patterns and assist the liver with smoothing and dredging the energetic channels in the body.

Keep your roots, never let go of your dreams and aspirations, work on planning to achieve your goals. Try keeping an agenda, doing a picture collage of all your visualizations, cultivate patience and inner peace by meditating often. [1]

Wood is represented by the green color. So, for people with dominant wood elements, it is wise to add more green foods to their daily diet. Have lots of avocado, salad, broccoli, kale, green beans, all kinds of lettuce, celery, spinach, kiwi, lemon, zucchini, green olives, for example.

Whatever green food you can think of will nourish your wood element. Spring is the perfect time to drink those green smoothies!

It is wise to avoid alcohol and coffee intake – especially in Spring. These drinks create a lot of heat in the liver which may lead to woodfire. Thus, alcohol can intensify feelings of anger, frustration or any other of the physical symptoms mentioned before.

Writing, painting or journaling can also be a great way to vent your feelings. Instead of bursting all your anger out with another person, you may choose to channel that energy differently, especially one that will not leave you feeling even more frustrated (like arguing with someone who clearly won’t listen to you).

If you scored highest on wood and your ailments are severe; be sure to apply acupressure to these points before you go to sleep. And three times a week if your personal ailments are mild to moderate:

To help find each point, use the ‘cun measurement system’. 1 cun is the width of a person’s thumb, whereas the width of the two forefingers equals 1.5 cun and the width of four fingers (except the thumb) side-by-side is three cuns.

LR3

Chinese Name: Tai Chong

English Translation: Great Rushing

LR3 and GB40 are the ‘source’ points of the Liver and Gallbladder meridians. Therefore, they have a balancing effect on these organs and the wood element in general. These points can regulate menstruation, relieve headaches, and harmonize the digestive system.

Location: On the top of the foot, in the depression where the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones meet.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Soothes the liver.

Symptoms: Hernia; urinary stoppage; epilepsy patterns; headache; dizziness; insomnia; dryness of the mouth.

Secondary Symptoms:  Diarrhea; sore throat; weakness and aching in the lower leg; red, painful eyes; pain in the belly button; cold feet; difficult evacuation; yellowed skin; painful and slow urination; absence of menstruation; genital pain; knee pain; lumbar pain.

GB40

Chinese Name: Qiu Xu

English Translation: Mound of Ruins

LR3 and GB40 are the ‘source’ points of the Liver and Gallbladder meridians. Therefore, they have a balancing effect on these organs and the wood element in general. These points can regulate menstruation, relieve headaches, and harmonize the digestive system.

Location: On the outer and lower region of the ankle bone in the depression formed by the tendon of the ankle.
Traditional Chinese Medicine 

Symptoms: Vomiting and acid belching; malarial disease; neck pain.

Secondary Symptoms: Swelling of the neck; cough and rapid breathing; lower abdominal pain; inability to move the wrist; fever and chills; poor eyesight.

LR14

Chinese Name: Qi Men

English Translation: Cycle Gate or Gate of Hope

LR14 is the last point on the Liver meridian and has a positive effect on the emotions associated with wood imbalances.

Location: Directly below the nipple, in the 6th intercostals rib space.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Calms the liver; dispels pathogens.

Symptoms: Abdominal distention; hiccups; pain in the chest; vomiting.

Secondary Symptoms: Excessive menstrual flow; heat in the chest; abdominal tightness with respiratory difficulty; malarial disease; visual dizziness; cardiac pain.

GB34

Chinese Name: Yang Ling Quan

English Translation: Yang Mound Spring

GB34 is known as especially helpful for joint and muscle problems.

Location: In a depression in front and below the head of the fibula.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Clears gallbladder heat; courses damp and stagnation in the channels and connecting vessels; soothes the sinews and vessels.

Symptoms: Numbness of the lower limbs; pain and swelling of the knee; bitter taste in the mouth; vomiting; yellowing of the skin.

Secondary Symptoms: bitter taste in the mouth; constipation; headache; swelling of the mouth, tongue, throat, head or face; urinary incontinence

Use your personalized points to enhance other acupressure routines – If for instance; you were using acupressure to boost your immune system or relieve a headache, be sure to also apply your four Wood element points as well.

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Aroma-Acupressure

Take your acupressure to the next level using essential oils that support the Earth element.

When you rub an element-supporting essential oil into an element-supporting acupressure point; balance is achieved quicker and lasts longer.

Essential oils for Gallbladder/Liver:

Orange Sweet, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Yarrow, Peppermint, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, neroli, rosemary verbenon, lemon

Out of the list of Wood supporting essential oils, you can mix a few to make your own blend, or choose one or several depending on their availability or your own scent preference.

Homeostatic Intelligence – essential oils carry the life force/life blood of the plant.

The purpose of this ‘life blood’ is to keep the plant alive and healthy. This divine intelligence also empowers the body to heal better and faster.

Essential oils need to be diluted before applying to the skin as they are just too concentrated to use on their own. Mix your essential oils with something natural like cold pressed coconut oil or olive oil before you use them.

It is also important which essential oil the person is drawn to – which aroma they find pleasing. The body knows what is best, as long as we go with our natural instinct and don’t bring the mind into it!

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free.

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References

  1. Hirano, M., & Yukawa, S. (2013). The impact of mindfulness meditation on anger. Japanese Journal of Psychology.
  2. Wu, C. G., & Zhu, Z. B. (2002). Basic Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shanghai, Publishing House of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 158.
  3. Maciocia, G. (2015). The Foundations of Chinese Medicine E-Book: A Comprehensive Text. Elsevier Health Sciences.
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