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Springtime, The Wood Element & You

By Kelly Ferguson, M.Ac., L.Ac.


Often clients will hear their acupuncturists speaking about the five elements and their characteristics. The five elements are within us all, but we usually identify with one or two more strongly than the other elements. One of these elements is the Wood element. It is connected to the spring time which we are finally starting to see after this long and cold winter.  

The Wood element is identified by its color, sound, odor and emotion which are green, shout, rancid and anger. What does that mean? Well, these are the things your acupuncturist is going to start looking for to see if you identify as a wood element:

We’ll look for things like, does the color green pop up around the client’s corner of the eye?

Does their voice hold a level of command and confidence to it when they speak?

Do they smell rancid like a freshly cut tree or mowed grass? Is there a level of authority, determination, focus or drive within them?

These are some of the questions I ask myself as a practitioner when I am in the room with clients. So, what do you think? Are you a Wood element?

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