We have all heard that health is about balance. In Five Element acupuncture, this means proper balance between the elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
I was talking about mud with a patient today. And it occurred to me that this is exactly what happens when Earth and Water are not in the right balance.
Too much Water or not enough Earth makes things very sticky!
In our bodies and spirits, something similar happens when this imbalance between Water and Earth appears. Things are heavy, they don’t move, we can’t flow.
Water is the Bladder and Kidney organs, which oversee the waterways in our bodies. Retaining too much water or peeing too much are some basic Water imbalances on the physical level. On the spirit level, when our Water is out of balance, we can feel overwhelmed and fearful.
Earth is the Stomach and Spleen, responsible for digestion and also for assimilating information and for helping us to feel grounded and at home. When Earth is out of balance we might feel needy, worried, or like we just can’t get comfortable in our lives.
So how does it feel when the relationship between Earth and Water gets disrupted? Let’s say, when there’s too much Earth in your Water. Well, have you ever felt heavy and bloated like a big block of wet concrete? Has your thinking ever gotten muddled by the sticky mix of fear and overthinking?
Let’s look at this from another angle. In proper balance, Earth serves as a solid container for the movement of Water. Think about a river. The bank of the river is made of Earth, and it allows the river to hold its form so it can flow with ease. Imagine what this might mean for your body and spirit. The parts of you that need to move can move with ease, and the ways that you need to feel stable are there, unmoving, to hold you and support you.
Health is all about maintaining healthy relationships between the different aspects of ourselves. And acupuncture is like a hand up, it can help you get out of a stuck place so you can move forward and feel better.