Wood is associated with anger. This is normally seen as a negative emotion, but when expressed in the right way, it can be a great driving force for change. People with imbalanced wood elements may get easily agitated or lose their temper. On the flip side, they may not ever get really angry, even when they should.
Wood is also linked to the season spring and its energy of new life bursting forth. People with a balanced wood element are often creative, visionary, and great at forward planning. When this element goes out of balance, all of these qualities can be lost.
One of the main physical functions of the Liver is nourishing the muscles and joints. Therefore, an issue here can cause symptoms such as aches and pains, stiffness, and arthritis.
The Liver also sends energy to the head, and when it gets excessive this can cause headaches or migraines. If the Liver fails to circulate this energy as it should, problems such as depression can also occur.
The Liver also plays a vital role in women’s health. Irregular periods and PMS are both common symptoms of a wood imbalance.
If you scored highest on wood, be sure to apply acupressure to these points three times a week:
Chinese Name: Tai Chong
English Translation: Great Rushing
Location: On the top of the foot, in the depression where the 1st and 2nd metatarsal bones meet.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: discharges damp-heat in the lower burner; rectifies Qi; courses the connecting vessels and quickens the blood; extinguishes liver Fire and clears liver yang; soothes the liver.
Symptoms: Excessive discharge of blood from the womb; hernia; urinary stoppage; pain immediately anterior to the medial malleolus; distention of the lateral costal region; infantile fright wind; epilepsy patterns; headache; dizziness; insomnia; dryness of the mouth.
Secondary Symptoms: Genital retraction; saber and pearl-string lumps; fright wind; diarrhea; sore throat; dryness of the upper esophageal opening; weakness and aching in the lower leg; red, painful eyes; lower abdominal fullness; pain in the belly button; cold feet; difficult evacuation; yellowed skin; counterflow retching with no food intake; painful and slow urination; absence of menstruation; genital pain; lateral knee pain; lumbar pain.
Chinese Name: Qiu Xu
English Translation: Mound of Ruins
Location: On the outer and lower region of the ankle bone in the depression formed by the tendon of the ankle.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Clears the liver and gallbladder; transforms damp-heat; courses inversion Qi; dispels midstage pathogens;
Symptoms: Vomiting and acid belching; thoracic and lateral costal pain; loss of ability of the lower extremities; pain and swelling of the external malleolus; malarial disease; neck pain.
Secondary Symptoms: Foot Qi; swelling of the neck; cough and rapid breathing; intestinal Qi pain; lower abdominal pain; inversion cold; inability to move the wrist; fever and chills; poor eyesight.
Chinese Name: Qi Men
English Translation: Cycle Gate or Gate of Hope
Location: Directly below the nipple, in the 6th intercostals rib space.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: harmonizes midstage patterns; transforms phlegm and disperses stasis; calms the liver and disinhibits Qi; dispels pathogens and heat from the blood chamber.
Symptoms: Abdominal distention; thoracic fullness; hiccups; pain in the chest and lateral costal region; vomiting.
Secondary Symptoms: swelling of the lateral costal region; running piglet pattern and abdominal hardness; cold damage with heat entering the blood chamber and excessive menstrual flow; postpartum illness; desire to eat despite difficult ingestion; heat in the chest; abdominal tightness with respiratory difficulty; malarial disease; visual dizziness; cardiac pain.
Chinese Name: Yang Ling Quan
English Translation: Yang Mound Spring
Location: In a depression in front and below the head of the fibula.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Expels wind from the knee and legs; clears gallbladder heat; courses damp and stagnation in the channels and connecting vessels; soothes the sinews and vessels.
Symptoms: Numbness of the lower limbs; pain and swelling of the knee; bitter taste in the mouth; vomiting; yellowing of the skin; lateral costal pain.
Secondary Symptoms: bitter taste in the mouth; constipation; headache; wind-strike; swelling of the mouth, tongue, throat, head or face; disorders of the sinews; fullness in the chest and lateral costal region; urinary incontinence
LR3 and GB40 are the ‘source’ points of the Liver and Gallbladder meridians. Therefore, they have a balancing effect on these organs and the wood element in general. LR14 is the last point on the Liver meridian and has a positive effect on the emotions associated with wood imbalances. GB34 is known as especially helpful for joint and muscle problems.