Elements, seasons, colors, emotions, times of day, cardinal directions, tastes, orifices, sense organs, sounds, smells, and dreams are all congruencies of the Five Elements relating to personal health according to Chinese Medicine. Based on observations of the natural world, ancient Chinese people recognized continuous patterns of transformation and change in the universe. The five elements theory evolved from the study of various processes, functions, and phenomena of nature.
The five element principle developed upon the concept that the Ch'i energy goes through cyclic transformations and health could be based on the harmonious balanced cyclic interaction of these Elements within the body and around us. The Chinese believe that everything in life is concordant with these five Elements.