Chinese medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) , emotions and physical health are intimately connected. The five elements system of the ancient Chinese serves as a practiced and enlightening aid for understanding the limitless connections that infuse every aspect of life. This is a system that has been used and relied upon for thousands of years, not viewed in the West as conventional nor scientific however duration of practice and the success engendered from it, is verification enough. There is growing scientific evidence for practices such as acupuncture and reflexology and the acceptance of this as a complementary and integrative approach is growing rapidly.

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We use the principles and the associated emotional indicators to help you become more aware of balance within you. Physical, emotional and spiritual balance all play a vital role in our overall wellbeing. K.I.S Assess will guide you in your understanding of balance and more importantly will help connect you with a more personalised formula to help you feel better and become more balanced. Rome wasn't built in a day nor is optimal wellness.

Within the Chinese therapeutic system all of our major organs are linked to specific emotions and to a particular element;

Earth  (spleen, stomach, pancreas) 

Earth balance is about stability and groundedness, clear thinking and an instinct for nurture. The energy of earth balance is patient, enduring and is giving whilst still being able to receive. This is mother earth personified.

An imbalance of Earth may feel unstable, exhausting and depleted. A person may have a feeling of giving a lot away, an inability to make clear boundaries, even of martydom. 

Earth related emotions  

Worry and anxiety.

General Symptoms of organ Imbalance

Tiredness, loss of appetite, physical and mental stagnation, poor digestion, abdominal distension. Loose stools, weak muscles, pale lips. Tend to have a more sallow complexion and can be sloppy in appearance. May live a disordered life  and accumulate useless possessions.

Demonstration of Organs in balance

Generally hard-working, practical and responsible. Able to show endurance, have good appetites and digestion. Strong limbs. An ordely and careful approach would usually be demonstrated and often exceling in some creative activity.

Metal  (lungs and large intestine)

Metal is connected primarily to feelings of non attachment and righteousness. It is self controlled, rational, logical and structured. The energy of metal enjoys decision making and setting objectives. Can be inclined to think too muchand may find it difficult to communicate feelings and emotions.

An imbalance of metal may mean an exhausted or hyperactive state. An inability to make decisions and a tendency to be very hard on oneself. Mess and disorder will also show in a metal imbalance

Metal related emotions

Grief, sadness and melancholy. Detachment.


Shortness of breath and shallow breathing, sweating, fatigue, cough, frequent colds and flu, allergies, asthma, and other lung conditions. Dry skin. Constipation, depression and crying. An inability to 'let go' of unhealthy attachments to people and things.


Able to show stamina and vigor in movement, likely to have glowing skin and good immunity in general Ordered and tidy in their approach. A lateral thinker able to resolve feelings of grief and sadness. 

Wood  (Liver and gallbladder)

The element of wood and relative energy is anchored to discernment and benevolence., kindness and compassion that comes from the heart. The organ related to wood, the liver, is the seat of our emotions. Within wood and the liver – you cannot move forward until you let go of old self and habits to make way for new beginnings. It is the most important male organ.

If the Wood element is in balance it would be purposeful and entrepreneurial, creative, artistic and emotionally expressive.  Those with a predominantly Wood constitution may be slim and sinewy and also felxible, emotionally as well as physically.

If Wood is out of balance then there may be a sense of feeling stuck in a rut, flat, tearful and depressed. Feelings of anger, frustration and aggression are typical.W

Wood related emotions

Anger and impatience, frustration and aggression 


Emotional difficulties from frustration and resentment to violence and explosive tendencies, if repressed can lead to depression and obsession and addictions. Tinitus, a conscious need to remain calm. Eye related conditions.


When the liver is in harmony and balanced there will be an absence of stress and tension. A vital liver will  help to exude a feeling of calm. Clear judgement , decision making and strong leadership will be evident.

Fire  (Heart-mind and small intestine)

The related energy of Fire and the associated organs doesn't follow quite the same principles of other elements. The heart includes not only the organ itself but also the concept (shared by Westerners)  of the heart as a mental and emotional centre.

The romanized word for heart in China is 'xin' which translates as 'heart-mind'. From a Chinese perspective the heart not only regulates blood circulation but also controls conciousness, spirit, sleep,memory and houses the mind. In this way the heart, together with the liver are both related to the nervous sytem, emotiions and the brain.

Fire is anchored to a natural state of being, referred to in Chinese as 'Wu Wei' - non action. Those with a dominant Fire element will be lively and enthusiastic, joyful and emotional. a natural sense of propriety exists for them. Decency and correctness and a love for connecting with others.

Fire related emotions

Joy, hysteria (imbalance are related to the extremes and excesses)

General symptoms of organ imbalance

Lack of enthusiasm and vitality, mental restlessness, depression, insomnia and despair. A ruddy or place face, poor circulation, speech problems, excessive or no laughter. Signs of heat in the body, for example the cheeks and palms. irregular or racing heartbeat, excessive dreaming or irrational behaviour.

Demonstration of organs in balance

Charistmatic, warm and sociable. An obvious sense of fun but also on eof control and calm. A strong ability to relate to others, laughter and generous of spirit. A clarity of the mind and an ability to problem solve without effort or angst. Humble and genuine friendliness.

Water  (Kidney and the bladder)

The Water element is anchored to will, wisdom and intuition. Those with a strong presence of Water energy are kind and gentle and tend toward a strong sense of caring and spirituality. The kidneys are responsible for the creation of power. Skill and ability stem from them and they are seen as the root and foundation of the body.

Water personalities are flexible to a fault - they have  an unerring and generally very charming way of having others want what they want. They're not at all keen on confrontation and would prefer to infiltrate than dominate. 

A balanced water element is introspective and wise, emotional, romantic and deeply intuitive, perhaps even psychic. Water balance means adaptability and great communication ability.

Water related emotions

Fear and fright

General symptoms of organ imbalance

Excessive fear and feelings of insecurity, head hair problems, hait loss, split ends and premature graying. Any urinary, sexual or reproductive imbalances. All bone problems. There may be a sense of  lacking in motivation, courage and willpower. A tendency to phobias and a scattered approach.

Demonstration of organs in balance

Active but calm, courageous but at the same time gentle. Able to accomplish a great deal without stress.  An ability to be assertive and strong but at the same time nurturing. Introspective and wise, emotional, romantic and deeply intuitive. 


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