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Explanation on ‘Five Elements’

Posted Jan 06 2010 12:33am

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The ‘Five Elements’ WuXing 五行 is also known as ‘Five Phases’‘Five Stages’‘Five Steps’or ‘Five Movements’. Five Elements referred to Wood elementFire elementEarth elementMetal elementand Water element. 木、火、土、金、水。

Five Elements

Five Elements

The theory of Five Elements was first found recorded in one of the authoritative books of Confucianism in China‘Four Books and Five Classics’ ShiShu WuJing 四书五经1i.e. ‘The Classic of History’ ShangShu《尚书》. In this book‘Classic of History’ ShangShu HongFan《尚书 洪范》it had written down the conversation between King Wu of Zhou Dynasty周武王and QiZhi 箕子. They had mentioned“The Five elements are water elementfire elementwood elementmetal elementand earth element. Water element has the characteristics of downwards and moisturizing. Fire element has the characteristics of hot and upwards. Wood element has the characteristic of straight and curve. Metal element has the characteristics of being solid and changeable. Earth Element has the characteristics of nourishing and harvesting. Water element with nourishing characteristic is corresponded to salty. Fire element with hot characteristic is corresponded to bitter in taste. Wood element with straightening characteristic is corresponded to sour. Metal element with solid characteristic is corresponded to pungent. Earth element with harvesting characteristic is corresponded to sweet.”


The ‘Five Elements’ is the universe concept and material concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is widely used in philosophyTraditional Chinese Medicinetheory of predictions and other aspects.

To learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Cultureit is important and necessary to study the Five Elements theory. more…

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1 Four Books and Five Classic includes of

Four Books 四书

  1. The Great Learning 《大学》
  2. The Doctrine of the Mean 《中庸》
  3. The Analects of Confucius 《论语》
  4. The Mencius 《孟子》

Five Classics五经

  1. Classic of Changes 《周易》
  2. Classic of Poetry 《诗经》
  3. Classic of Rites 《礼记》
  4. Classic of History 《尚书》
  5. Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋》

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