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Wearing Your Metal Like Armor: the Metal Element in Acupuncture

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In Five Element Acupuncture, the Metal element, Jin, is one of the five fundamental elements that influence the balance and harmony within the body and mind. 

In the Five Element system, the Metal element is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestines. These organs play an important role in the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”), the vital energy, throughout the body. This qi controls our bodies and our minds. Stimulating the specific acupuncture points along the lungs and large intestines meridians can balance this flow so that the organs associated with the Metal element can become regulated in their function. When your qi is out of balance, it can cause physical and emotional chaos and imbalances that require treatment. 

Emotionally, the Metal element is associated with recognition, appreciation, and self-worth. When in balance, it promotes qualities such as wisdom, clear thinking, honor, and respect for yourself and others. However, imbalances in the Metal element may lead to feelings of chronic, inescapable grief or emptiness that can lead to depressive states as well as anxiety around letting things go, whether material or emotional. 

When Qi flows smoothly and harmoniously through the body’s meridians (energy pathways), it nourishes the organs, tissues, and cells, promoting optimal function and vitality. Imbalances in the Metal element can manifest in various ways, including physical symptoms such as respiratory issues, skin conditions, constipation, and immune system disorders.

To maintain good health in body, mind and emotions it is necessary for your Five Elements to be in balance with each other. Receiving regular acupuncture treatments plays an important role in restoring and maintaining your good health. To get your Five Elements tuned up and in balance, call us today at the Acupuncture & Holistic Health Center at (904) 703-6211. 

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