The ancient Chinese developed a sophisticated model – the Five Element Theory – to understand the various energetic cycles of the universe, and applied it to achieve health, harmony and happiness.
The Five Element Theory is based on the Law of Harmony – one of the most important laws of the universe. It is applicable to every aspect of our lives, including our menstrual cycles.
I’ll be introducing the Five Elements in a series of posts. In this first post, I’ll share with you the Wood Element – what it symbolizes and how it relates to our menstrual cycles and our health.
THE WOOD ELEMENT
Wood represents the vibrant growth of the springtime. In our lives, it symbolizes the energy of forming and defining – the actions we take to bring our creative ideas into being.
When wood energy is properly directed, we walk confidently in the direction of our dreams and bring our ideas and projects to successful fruition.
When not properly channeled, the expansive wood energy can feel stuck and manifest itself as irritability, frustration and anger.
THE WOOD PHASE OF A MENSTRUAL CYCLE
In the menstrual cycle, the Wood Element corresponds to the period after the menstrual flow has stopped, and before ovulation – around days 7 to 14, if you have a 28-day menstrual cycle.
During this time, the uterus builds up a thick inner lining that will support a fertilized egg, if there is one. This phase of the menstrual cycle is symbolized by the expansive growth of the Wood Element.
THE WOOD PHASE OF A MOON CYCLE
In the moon cycle, the Wood Element corresponds to the waxing moon – the beginning of a new cycle of growth.
New ideas are being planted. New processes are coming into play. New experiences and events are within reach. It’s a good time to implement your ideas, start new projects, and take action toward your goals.
THE WOOD ELEMENT AND OUR HEALTH
In our body, the Wood Element corresponds to the functions of the liver and gallbladder, which play important roles in digestion, storage of blood and essential nutrients, transformation of energy, and the regularity of women’s menstrual cycles, moods and energy.
Irregular periods, PMS, moodiness, depression and anger are some of the symptoms that indicate the Wood Element is out of balance.
The Wood Element is about growth and the free flow of energy. So to keep the Wood Element in balance, try not to hold onto anything – clutter, bad habits, grudges, anger and tension. Let them go as they occur. Practice forgiveness. Create healthier habits. And be free!
Is your Wood Element out of balance? What’s your unique Five Element personality and health profile? What specific strategies can you deploy to restore health and harmony?