The Five Elements (Wu Xing) ,similar to the classic concept of the nature's basic elements composed of metal,wood,water,fire,and earth,come into play in terms of analyzing how the imbalance or disharmony came about. Each of these elements can be found in the body, with varying concentrations in different areas of the body. Combined, the elements produce a delicate balance and results in the normal state of a person's physical and mental health. In theory, an increase in certain elements in areas that perform certain functions can sway the Yin and Yang balance, thus affecting a person's health.
Oriental medicine and health
Ayurveda is a over 5,000 year old holistic medical system originated from India that uses various modalities including herbs,food,mantras,yoga,lifestyle,etc to treat health issues.Similar with Traditional Chinese medicine,there are "five elements" in Ayurveda,"earth,water,fire,air sky" which composing the universe. Ayurveda also aims to bring balance of three elemental energies,"vata(air&space),pitta(fire&water),
kapha(water&earth)" into the body, mind, and spirit through the removal of disease, and by remembering our own true nature. When these three substances exist in equal quantities, the body will be healthy, otherwise the health problems will happen.