The 5 elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water are linked with the seasons and phases of the year in nature (there is an extra season called late summer – a time of stillness and fruition). They are also linked with the organs in our body, and with specific emotional strengths and weaknesses. Although we contain all of the 5 elements, in the way nature contains each of the seasons, one of these elements is particularly significant for us and has been since early on in life, affecting our view of the world leading us to certain types of mental/ emotional patterns, and tendency to certain types of physical illnesses. For some people, more than one element has a significant impact on their lives. 5 element acupuncture treatment works by aiming to strengthen these elements and the constitution of person, helping them to feel more resilient in the world.