The teachings of the five elements and the five phases of transformation (wǔxíng) is a Daoist theory for describing nature. It searches for regularities according to which dynamic transformation processes take place within the realm of the living. The five elements Wood, Earth, Water, Fire and Metal are derived from nature and stand for abstract properties.
There are twelve main channels, each of which is assigned to one organ system. On the meridians themselves, there are special points where – e.g. through needles (acupuncture) or finger pressure (acupressure) – the energy balance can be influenced.
|Metal||Large Intestine (LI)||05-07||Yang||Sorrow||Nose|
|Fire||Small Intestine (SI)||13-15||Yang||Joy||Tongue|
|Fire||Triple Warmer (Sanjiao, SJ)||21-23||Yang||Joy||Tongue|
Central notion of the traditional interpretation of the I Ching. Meaning: good for everybody/everything.