The 5-Elements of Effective Detoxing and Cleansing

As a Chinese medicine practitioner and acupuncturist, I can’t help but think of health in terms of Chinese medicine theory. How does one thing relate to and/or affect another area of the body, an organ or energetic pathway.

This is why I’ve developed this lesson on how to effectively detox and cleanse using the theory of the 5-elements.

As most of you know, the 5- elements are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. What I want to share with you today, is how each element needs to be considered when deciding to do a cleanse, whether it’s with our Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit Cleanse group, which begins Wednesday April 20th at 5:30 pm PST or if you choose to do this cleanse as a home-study course or doing any other cleanse of your choice.

Although I will explain each element separately, it’s important to understand, that one is never isolated from the other. As a matter of fact, each element relies on each other in many ways. Allow me to explain…

There is actually a life cycle of the 5-elements that is occurring all the time. Each element actually generates and regulates the other. Please refer to the image to see how the generating cycle actually flows, and I will attempt to explain further.

Wood easily burns and makes a fire. Fire produces ash, creating earth. The earth contains mineral from which metal is mined and extracted. When metal is heated and cooled, water droplets will be found over the metal as a result of condensation. Thus, metal creates water. Water promotes the growth of trees, which are wood. The cycle is cyclic and continually gives rise to change and transformation.

There are several other interactions and flows between these elements that occur, but without confusing or boring you, just know that each element relies on and has an affect on the other. Please also understand that if there is a disruption in this flow, which can come in many forms including built up toxins, disharmony or disease may develop.

What does this have to do with my body, detoxing or me you may be asking; well, I’d be to explain.

This generating phenomenon happens within each of our own eco-systems, our own body’s. Each element relates to different organ systems and energetic pathways within our body.

For example, Wood element refers to liver organ and channel, fire refers to heart, earth to spleen, metal to lung and water to kidney. Therefore, this generating cycle of the elements is important to understanding our systems for detoxing and cleansing. It’s also important to understand that each element not only refers to a different organ system in our body, it refers to a time of day when that energy is the most significant, it refers to a certain time of year or season, it refers to specific emotions, tastes and more.

As I explain each element, I will make sure to incorporate many of these factors to give you an even more complete picture and understanding.

In my next post, I will begin with one of the most important elements and organs for detoxing… can you guess what it is? I will give you one hint… we are currently in it’s prime season, and this is one reason why it’s SO important to do a detox/cleanse now. Spring-cleaning anyone?

If you’d like to learn more about my upcoming group cleanse, Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit 21-day cleanse please click here.

Until tomorrow when we talk about our first element!

Be well,

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