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TCM Chinese Medicine And Five Elements

The transition of the seasons provides the most obvious model for this cycle of the Elements. Just as summer follows spring and winter follows autumn, so the seasons 'generate' each other according to the sheng cycle.

Just as the qi of Heaven in the form of the seasons are seen to follow each other, the qi of Earth is also seen to follow the same cycle. This is described by practitioners of Chinese medicine in the following way:

  • Wood creates Fire by burning.

  • Fire creates Earth from ashes.

  • Earth creates Metal by hardening. (Metal in this context is synonymous with rock or ore found within the Earth.

  • Metal creates Water by containment.

  • Water creates Wood by nourishment.

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