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Mary Zhang, Chinese Medicine Clinic, Kansas City -- Mary Zhang, licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine, Kansas City Missouri, understands the importance of balance and harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. The founder of Chinese Medicine Clinic, Inc., she considers herself a life coach for patients. --  Specializing in Infertility and other Reproductive Wellness with Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Licensed acupuncturist, received her medical degree from the Chinese Medicine University, Liaoning, China. Over the past fifteen years, Mary has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China, Germany and the United States in both hospital and clinic settings. She has taught classes and seminars in various hospitals and universities.

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Five Elements Theory

The Five Elements theory positions metal, wood, water, fire, and earth, as the basic elements of the material world. These five elements are in constant movement and change.  As well, the complex connections between material objects are explained via the interactions and mutual restraints that regulate these elements. In traditional Chinese medicine the Five Elements theory is used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body and the natural environment.


Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine
use this theory to help form a diagnosis when
there are conflicting signs and symptoms.

The Categorization of Things

Ancient physicians used the Five Elements theory to study the connections between the physiology and pathology of the zang-fu organs and tissues and the natural environment.  By adopting the tactic of "comparing similarity to expose phenomenon," the ancient Chinese accredited different phenomena to the categories of the five elements. By reason of the phenomena's different characteristics, functions, and forms, the intricate links between physiology and pathology, as well as the relationship between the human body and the natural environment, were explained.


Primary Relationships Within the Five Element Theory

The Five Element theory is based on the observation of the natural cycles and relationships in both our environment and within ourselves. The foundation of the theory focuses in the communication between each element to a variety of phenomena. Common correspondences are provided in the following chart:

Yin Organs Heart
& Pericardium
Spleen Lungs Kidneys Liver
Yang Organs Small Intestine
& Triple Heater
Stomach Large Intestine Urinary Bladder Gall Bladder
Sense Organs Tongue Mouth Nose Ears Eyes
Tissues Vessels Muscles Skin Bone Tendons
Tastes Bitter Sweet Pungent Salty Sour
Colors Red Yellow White Blue/Black Green
Sounds Laughing Singing Crying Groaning Shouting
Odor Scorched Fragrant Rotten Putrid Rancid
Emotions Joy Worry/Pensiveness Grief/Sadness Fear Anger
Seasons Summer Late Summer Autumn Winter Spring
Environment Heat Dampness Dryness Cold Wind
Developmental Stages Growth Transformation Harvest Storage Birth
Direction South Center West North East
Body Types pointed features,
small hands,
quick energetic
large features,
strong legs,
calm generous
triangular features,
strong voice,
strong willed
round features,
strong digestion,
loyal, enjoy movement
tall slender,
strong bones
& joints,
hard workers

Generating Cycle Control Cycle