Metal Element Personality in Chinese Medicine
Metal Element In Balance
You are a person of great integrity. You remain aloof in relationships, but everyone knows where they stand with you. You are correct and fair with everyone. You have no place for disorder and conflict in your life; you prefer structure and control. You are typically an expert in your field and seek perfection. You are able to think logically and act with methodical efficiency.
Metal Element is all about refinement and self-esteem
Metal is of late autumn, when leaves fall to the earth to be recycled into rich humus. In your life, the power of the Metal Element allows you to efficiently let go of what is not necessary, and store only what is needed for winter. Autumn is also a time of reflection on the progress made through the seasons, and a time to be thankful for an abundant harvest. It is also a time to decide what is needed to be stored for the oncoming winter, and what should be discarded.
If the Metal Element is out of balance, or is blocked from fully expressing itself, you may lack the qualities above, or have lost them over time as the imbalance has grown more severe. Integrity turns to hypocrisy; fair relationships bend to authoritative punishments; structure turns to rigidity; perfection seeking leads to disappointment; logic turns to self-doubt. One who is passing through middle age in to their elder years may have issues with letting go of past life disappointments or losses leading to grief or obsessively reminisce about the 'good 'ole days'. Aging also requires the ability to accept change and release obsolete expectations and motivations.
Acupressure for Metal Element Imbalances
Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Activate Acupressure Point Lung 1 Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Lung 7 Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Lung 9 Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Lung 10 Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Large Intestine 4 Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Large Intestine 10 Apply the Metal Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Large Intestine 11
Symptoms of Metal Element Imbalance
In Chinese medicine, as in reality, there is no way to separate the mind and the body; by treating the Lungs, according to TCM, you correct emotional imbalances associated with Metal Element; likewise, by addressing emotional issues associated with Metal Element, you treat the Lung energetic organ system according to Chinese medicine.
The Yang organ associated with the Metal Element is the Large Intestine and correlations of the inability to 'let go' are quite apparent. Additionally, the skin is correlated with the Lung energetic system in Chinese medicine. Many of the symptoms listed below will often worsen in the late fall including breathing difficulties, skin problems, and digestive disorders.
Physical Symptoms of Metal Element Imbalance
- Asthma, COPD
- Chronic bronchitis
- Constipation, IBS
- Colitis, diverticulitis
- Lung disorders
- Sinus problems
- Skin disorders
- Large intestine disorders
- Lowered immune functions
- Unresolved loss
- Low self esteem
- Loss of personal boundaries
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Issues with letting go
- Dogmatic religious beliefs
- Problems with authority
- Problems with intimacy
- Lack of spiritual belief
The Metal Element is related to our self-worth and our fortitude against the outside world in the form of personal boundaries; PTSD associated with Metal Element imbalances occurs when someone's personal boundaries have been assaulted by assault, war, or an environmental disaster.
The Metal Element is also related to our ability to bond with others, and that loss of an established personal bond would lead to grief. Many scientific studies have been performed that relate an adults' inability to create personal bonds to being abandoned during infancy or childhood.
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