The 5 Element Theory: How to Enhance Health and Healing

Learn How the 5 Element Theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Enhance Your Health, Healing and Well Being.
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

Have you ever considered studying natural medicine as a way to enhance your life and optimize your health?

Have you ever wanted to know more about the theories used in Oriental and traditional Chinese medicine?

Are you unsatisfied with the explanations given by modern day science in regards to health, psychology and well being?

Then this course is for you!

In this course we explore the one of the oldest and most field tested theories ever developed by the ancient Chinese - The 5 Element Theory.

The 5 Element theory is a framework that helps us to explain health, disease, the relationships between our organs and the connection of our body to our mind.

We will learn about:

  • The history of 5 Element theory and where it came from
  • Each of the Elements, one by one, and how they express themselves in our environment, inside our bodies and how they influence our mental health
  • How to support and nourish each Element for greater health and wellbeing
  • How to recognize early signs of disease
  • How to align with the flow of nature to support growth
  • The 5 elements and the 5 body types
  • How to work in harmony with your particular Element
  • And much more...

Inside the course are a host of videos, quizzes and downloadable handouts to support and enhance your learning.

At the end of this course you will have a good understanding as to the 5 elements and be able to apply this knowledge to treat any imbalances and/or signs of disease, as well as being able to apply the knowledge to increase overall health and vitality.

* Please note, that all the information in this course does not substitute for medical information or medical care provided to you by your medical doctor and/or your preferred health practitioner.

What are the requirements?

  • To be familiar with the idea or concept of Qi and life force
  • Pen and paper for note taking
  • No other materials required
  • An open mind

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Apply 5 Element Theory for Enhanced Living
  • Recognize Patterns of Disease Before they Become Serious
  • Learn How the Elements Influence Our Psychology
  • How to Treat Imbalances in the Elements
  • Work with the Elements for Greater Health and Vitaility
  • Enhance Healing and Recovery
  • Know What Element is Most Applicable to You
  • How to Support and Nurture Each Element
  • Demystify the Theories of Chinese Medicine

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in Oriental medicine
  • Anyone interested in natural medicine and healing
  • Anyone considering studying Chinese medicine at a college or University
  • Anyone looking for more clarity in regards to health and wellness

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introductions

Introduction to the 5 elements course and what will be covered.

The 5 Element Theory Diagram
1 page

A brief introduction into Chinese history and the origins of the 5 Element theory.

Section 2: The 5 Elements of Oriental and Chinese Medicine

A presentation on the Earth element.

2 questions
3 pages

Downloadable document covering important points regarding the Earth element.


A presentation covering the Metal element.

2 questions
3 pages
Downloadable document covering important points regarding the Metal element.

A presentation covering the Water element.

3 questions
3 pages

Downloadable document covering important points regarding the Water element.


A presentation covering the Wood element.

2 questions
3 pages
Downloadable document covering important points regarding the Wood element.

A presentation covering the Fire element.

3 questions
3 pages
Downloadable document covering important points regarding the Fire element.
Section 3: Relationships of the 5 Elements

An important video explaining the relationships between the 5 elements. We explore the Shen cycle and the Ko cycle.

Cycles & Relationships Quiz
4 questions
Section 4: Sequence of Disease

A common sequence of disease and how it plays out. I also discuss how to intervene and treat the disease before it gets too serious.

2 pages
Downloadable document covering important points regarding the sequence of disease explained in the video presentation.
Sequence of Disease
3 questions
Section 5: Bonus Material & Final Words
3 pages

Downloadable document covering the 5 body types and their connection to the 5 Elements.


An introduction into the 3 main sources of energy according to Chinese medicine.


A video to answer any final questions and leave you with some final words of guidance.

Extra Resources
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Michael Hetherington, Best Selling Author & Teacher

Michael Hetherington (BHlthSci, TCM, Yoga) is an author, yoga instructor and a teacher of traditional Oriental medicine from Brisbane, Australia.

He is passionate about self health care, Oriental philosophy applied to modern living, empowering education and embracing the human potential.

He holds a Bachelor in Health Science from Charles Sturt University, an Advanced Diploma in Acupuncture from the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences and a level 2, yoga teacher certificate from the Byron yoga centre. He has been teaching yoga since 2008 and was a lecturer of Oriental medicine and Chinese medical massage (Tui Na) at the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences from 2014-2015.

In his early twenties he suffered from regular migraine headaches, depression and chronic lower back pain, which he overcame primarily through the practices of yoga, relaxation and meditation.

Michael was always attracted to eastern philosophy and it was this interest that drew him to the teachings and practices of yoga and Oriental medicine at a young age. After traveling to China to teach English for a year, he returned to Australia in 2004 to begin studying Chinese medicine, remedial massage and practicing Oki-Do yoga (Japanese Yoga form developed by Dr Masahiro Oki) under the guidance of Peter Masters.

Inspired by the teachings of many he has learned that a lighthearted and nurturing approach to life serves best.

Michael's other interests include world music, multimedia arts, reading, dancing, traveling, spending time in nature & drinking cups of tea.

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