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This is how nutrition works according to the 5 elements

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Unlike us, there are five different elements in Chinese medicine. An expert explains how they affect diet.

Fire, water, earth and air – these are the four elements familiar to most people in the western world. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), however, things are different: “The five elements in TCM are wood, fire, earth, metal and water,” explains Irene Elmer (46), board member of the Swiss TCM Association.

According to the expert, however, the terms functional circle or phase of change are preferred to the word element in TCM. “These terms are a bit broader and include the dynamic factor of the elements. In TCM, the elements are not understood as something static, but are in constant flux and are subject to constant change,” says Elmer.

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