Five Element Chinese Medicine

In the five element Chinese medicine approach to TCVM, animals are identified with the Five elements: earth, metal, water, wood and fire. There is an association between the animal’s element and his/her predisposition to disease. For example: an ‘earth’ animal is often overweight, has skin issues and is prone intestinal upset.

FIRE

Element

Normals

Abnormals

FireLivelyInsomnia
CommunicativeSeparation anxiety
Very friendlyRestless
AffectionateExcess heat
Loves to be pettedRapid heart rate
Centre of the partyHeart problems

WOOD

Element

Normals

Abnormals

WoodDecisiveLigament problems
AssertiveLiver problems
ConfidentRed eyes
StrongAngers easily
ImpulsiveEar problems
Athletic, StaminaNail problems
Alpha animalFootpad problems
Anal sac issues

EARTH

Element

Normals

Abnormals

EarthRelaxed, laid backDiarrhea
SociableConstipation
Large and roundLoss of appetite
LoyalVomits
Serene and balancedGum disease
MotherlyWeak muscles
Overeats-obese
Worries

WATER

Element

Normals

Abnormals

WaterCarefulRear weakness
CuriousFearful
Self containedBone and back issues
Likes to hideUrinary problems
MeditativeDisturbed growth
Slow and consistentDeafness
Reproductive problems

METAL

Element

Normals

Abnormals

MetalLoves orderAsthma
Obeys the rulesDry skin
AloofSinus problem
Symmetrical bodyBreathing dzs
Disciplined attitudeNose problems
Good hair coatCough



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