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In 5 Element acupuncture, each person has one or two main “elements” that they resonate with the most, and the correspondences within each element is where most of their symptoms tend to show up when they are out of balance. 

Classical Five Element practitioners (like myself)) use CSOE as a way to diagnose which element is most predominant in a person (you could say, a person's “home” element). 

CSOE stands for Color, Sound, Odor, and Emotion. 

After carefully observing these four qualities in our patients over time, we will identify which element is “home base” for them, and then focus on creating balance within that element so that the rest of the systems find balance as well.  

The idea is that we are treating the entire person and not just the symptoms, and yet the act of creating balance within the person allows for the body to do what it is designed to do naturally, and the symptoms go away. Mental or physical. We don’t chase the symptoms, we try to create balance within the person so the body can do what it was designed to do: heal. 

We are treating the entire person and not just the symptoms, and yet the act of creating balance within the person allows for the body to do what it is designed to do naturally, and the symptoms go away. Mental or physical. We don’t chase the symptoms, we try to create balance within the person so the body can do what it was designed to do: heal. 

The Five Elements are: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal 

Water: The Water element controls the Kidney and Bladder Meridian.  The element of Water is connected to the season of Winter and corresponds to wisdom and stillness. 

Wood: The Wood element controls the Liver and Gallbladder Meridian. The element of Wood is related to Springtime and corresponds to vision and creative impulse.

Fire: The Fire element controls the Heart and Small Intestine, Triple Warmer and Pericardium Meridian.  The element of Fire is related to the Summer season and has to do with connection and warmth.  

Earth: The Earth element controls the Spleen and Stomach Meridian, and is related to the season of Late Summer. The element of Earth has to do with healthy boundaries and empathy. 

Metal: The Metal element controls the Lung and Large Intestine Meridian, and relates to the season of Autumn.  The Metal element relates to inspiration and deep transformation.

Vibrant founder, Lauren is very earthy; want to learn more about which element is your home base? Are you curious about the CSOE of each element?  Stay tuned for the next blogs!

 

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