This time honored theory employs fire, earth, metal, water and wood as aspects of the natural world. In the cycle, fire generates earth, earth generates metal, etc. These elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine are aligned with physiology and the theory is not only a way of viewing the natural order, but also a diagnostic and treatment tool for the physician. The elements also are in relationship to the internal organs, tissues, sense organs, the seasons, certain foods and a host of other groups.
Following a plan of acupuncture, herbs and food therapy on a quarterly basis can boost the immune system and prepare a patient for each season providing protection from such problems as summer colds, the flu season, fatigue and a lack of energy.