Metal Element supports breathing...inspiration and respiration--the breath of
life--as well as the release of impurities. Out with the old and in with
The two officials of the Metal Element, the Lung and the Large Intestine, are
responsible for the intake of breath, the pure, positive Chi ("HA" in
Hawaiian) and the outflow of waste products.
The Metal Element corresponds to the season of autumn. This is when the
riches of decay reenter the Earth and return everything of quality to the
soil. Without this enrichment, the process of letting go and the furthering
of life cannot occur. This is expressed as the emotion of grief which is
associated with the Metal Element. Therefore, if a person cannot or will
not "let go," life cannot move on with quality and integrity.
Imbalance of the Metal Element may result in disease states such as
bronchitis, some types of asthma, pneumonia, skin disease (the skin is the third
lung), intestinal difficulties like diverticulitis, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
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