The theory of the Five Elements is the arrangement of all aspects of the phenomenological world into categories of Fir, Water, Wood, Earth and Metal. during the Han Dynasty (202B.C. - 200A.D.), its principles became inseparably intertwined with the Yin Yang theory of Changes, also known as the Yi Ching (I-Ching). According to the Book of Changes Cycle of Elemental Music, Earth, Metal, Wood, Fire and Water correspond with spleen, lung, liver, heart and kidney respectively. These body organs also correspond with certain musical modes (see the chart) These five modes (Kung, Shang, Cheuh, Jyy, and Yu) of ancient Chinese music, through the use of rhythm, texture, intensity and instrumentation, assist in bringing about greater organ function efficiency.
The music of Metal resonates with and strengthens the lung and respiratory system. It is good for treating all respiratory system difficulties or discomfort.
The music of Wood resonates with and strengthens the liver organ system, pacifying nervousness and restlessness in sleep.
The music of Water resonates with and strengthens the kidney organ-system. It is useful in treating swelling, ear problems and high blood pressure.
The music of Fire resonates with and strengthens the heart organ-system, stabilising the pulse.
The music of Earth resonates with and strengthens the spleen/pancreas organ-system, increasing appetite and improving digestion. It also invigorates the Qi, a Chines concept of energy balance within each individual.
The music of Regimen is composed of the five primary elements principle --- a dynamic balance of metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. It is the kind of music suitable for everyday health-keeping and regimen.
Best for those whose physical endowment inclines to dispositions of Yang. It suits those who are strong, sturdy, easily agitated, and those who suffer from insomnia, anxiety, and paranoia. People live and work in a male dominated environment are encouraged to listen to Yin Music.
It is for those physical/emotional types inclined toward Yin dispositions (i.e., those born with physical defects, who are undernourished, cold-sensitive, timid, or with deteriorating bodily functions, and so on). People who live and work in a female-dominated environment, or where darkness or humidity prevails, need to nourish their masculine energies through listening to Yang Music.