THE METAL ELEMENT
THE FOURTH ELEMENT OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Metal is associated with the positive attributes of strength and determination. A significant skill in balancing the metal element is the ability to let go, without which these positive characteristics can move towards an unhelpful rigidity. Bernie suggests we inquire as to where in our lives we refuse to let go. The metal element is associated with the pungent flavor, which encourages the body to perspire and release pathogens via the skin; incorporating pungent foods such as peppercorns and wasabi in the diet can assist the body in balancing the metal element by stimulating this release.
Closely associated with the lungs, the metal element relates to the importance of exhalation; we need to clear space in order to make space for new inspiration. Similarly, on an emotional level, we need to allow ourselves to grieve to make space for new beginnings.
Organs: Lungs, large intestine
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