“The mysterious powers of spring create extreme wind in heaven, and they create wood upon earth. Within the body they create muscles and of the 5 viscera they create the Liver. Of the colors they create the green color… and they give to the human voice the ability to form a shouting sound. In times of excitement and change, they grant the capacity for control. Of the orifices they create the eyes, of the flavours they create the sour flavour; and of the emotions they create anger…. the Gall Bladder occupies the position of an important and upright official who excels through his decisions and judgement…. the Liver has the functions of a military leader who excels in his strategic planning….“ Nei Ching
The element can be seen with trees, in paneling and furniture, carvings, or plants. The attributes are considered to be strength and flexibility. It is also associated with qualities of warmth, generosity, co-operation, idealism, and new beginnings of all kinds. The Wood element is one that seeks always to grow and expand. It heralds the beginning of life, springtime and buds, sensuality and fecundity. It needs moisture to thrive.
It is yang or masculine in character, the color associated with Wood is brown or green. The corresponding direction is east, the climate is windy, and spring is the season for the Wood element.
The Liver (GAN) “Controller of Strategic Planning” – 1-3am & the Gall Bladder (DAN) “Official of Decisions and Judgment” – 11pm-1am are governed by the Wood element in the human body, The body parts are tendons & ligaments, the flavour is sour, the fluid is tears, the sense organ is the eyes, the sound is shouting, the smell is rancid and the emotions are anger and assertiveness.
Work and intensity are the values associated with wood.
The negative emotions associated with Wood are frustration, and anger, while the positive emotions are patience, altruism, self assertion, motivation, will to become, response-ability. Signs of wood disharmony include irritability, depression, blame others, hostility, bitterness, vengefulness and vision problems. Indecisive, self blame, guilt, powerless, lack of motivation, boredom, rash decisions are also signs of Wood imbalances.
Associated foods for the element include chicken, liver, wheat, greens, citrus fruits, sprouts, nettle, dandelion, plum, pineapple, vinegar, sauerkraut, olives, sourdough, and yogurt. These foods can obstruct movement and function as astringents. They most benefit changeable, erratic, scattered people.
Wood people are either tall and angular like trees or short and energetic like bushes. The Wood person will be expansive, outgoing and socially conscious. Wood people tend to have a temper especially if frustrated. They are aggressive or assertive, direct, and have a strong temper and a lot of drive.
In the Nourishing cycle, Wood nourishes fire and is nourished by water.
In the regenerative cycle of the elements, water engenders wood, as rain or dew makes plant life flourish; and wood begets fire as fire is generated by rubbing together two pieces of wood.
In the conquest cycle, it overcomes earth by binding it together with the roots of trees; and Metal overcomes Wood, as the metal ax can fell even the largest tree.