The 5 Elements of Nature and their relationship with the Human Body

The 5 Elements of Nature and their relationship with the Human Body

A lot of ancient philosophies around the globe classify the composition of the Universe into 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (Space). Knowledge of the five elements helps us understand the laws of nature.

Each of the five elements represents a state of matter in nature. Solid matter is classified as the “Earth” element. Water is everything that is liquid. Air is everything that is a gas. Fire is that part of Nature that transforms one state of matter into another. Ether is the mother of the other elements and is the basis of higher spiritual experiences.

The Elements in the Human Body

All of the creation is made up of the five elements in different proportions. The Human body is also the product of these 5 elements in different proportions. 72% water, 12% earth, 6% air, 4% fire and the rest is Ether. Usually, the percentages of first four elements remain constant but the percentage of Ether can be enhanced. Each element is responsible for different structures in the body. Earth forms solid structures such as teeth, nails, bones, muscles, skin, tissues, and hair. These give structure and strength to the body. Water forms saliva, urine, semen, blood, and sweat. Fire forms hunger, thirst, sleep, the vision in the eyes and complexion of skin. Air is responsible for all movement including expansion, contraction, vibration and suppression. Space is the most subtle of all elements and is present in the hollow cavities of the body in the form of radio frequencies, light radiation, cosmic rays etc.

The “Prana” (vital force) in the human body is also directly connected to these 5 elements. The Law of Nature demands these elements to be in balance.

Imbalance of the Elements is the CAUSE of DISEASES

The source of chronic (self-manifested) diseases is the impurity of any of the elements or if the elements are out of balance with another element in the body.

  1. Imbalance of Water element: This is visible as excess mucus, cold, sinusitis, swelling of glands, edema of tissues, blood thinning or blood clotting.
  2. Imbalance of Earth element: shows itself as general weakness in the body, loss of calcium from bones, obesity, cholesterol, weight loss and weight gain, muscular diseases etc.
  3. Imbalance of Fire element: manifests itself as fever, skin diseases like inflammation, increased coldness or heat in body, excessive sweating, hyperacidity, slow digestion and absorption of nutrients, toxins in the body, diabetes etc.
  4. Imbalance of Air element: leads to skin dryness, blood pressure problems, lung disorders, dry cough, bloating, constipation, lethargy, insomnia, muscular spasms, depression, etc.
  5. Imbalance of Space element: is visible as Thyroid disorders, throat problems, speech disorders, epilepsy, madness, ear diseases, etc.

Yoga helps us purify these elements and restore balance and health. Cleansing techniques for the 5 elements are known as “Bhuta Shuddhi”. To unfold the inner powers and abilities contained in each element. Yoga also offers techniques to master all these elements – known as “Bhuta Siddhi”.

Read more on how Yoga helps purify and balance the 5 Elements

  • tanveer
    Posted at 08:09h, 11 February Reply

    I have burping problem wt can be the cause

  • Rcsharda
    Posted at 02:21h, 09 July Reply

    It is a nice description. I am a Principal Yoga Teacher and I am interested to introduce such topics for discussdion in my yoga classes for the benefit of yoga aspirants. Jai Bharat.

  • Rcsharda
    Posted at 02:23h, 09 July Reply

    It is a nice description. I am a Principal Yoga Teacher and I am interested to introduce sguch topics for discussdion in my yoga classes for the benefit of yoga aspirants. Jai Bharat.

  • Shin
    Posted at 03:08h, 06 October Reply

    I vary happy to studies in our human structure n Anatomy.

  • Indu gupta
    Posted at 02:26h, 02 February Reply

    very good description of five elements in body.But we are polluting five elements so what willbe the result in human body.

  • Harihara Misra
    Posted at 15:05h, 03 May Reply

    It is one of the most outstanding description I have ever read in english. It’s subtle and precise information on 5 elements of human body. I’m an english lecturer by profession. It helped me a lot understanding the nuances of 5 elements of human body. Yoga is so important for us.

    I expect more new topics in future.

  • Auliya Rahman
    Posted at 12:13h, 26 May Reply

    Absolutely help for understanding the body balancing. .thank you so much.

  • info4worldx
    Posted at 12:13h, 08 October Reply

    Very nice article

  • A.Arumugam
    Posted at 15:18h, 18 November Reply

    well written and informative and beneficial especially to beginners to know about yoga.

  • p. varadarajan
    Posted at 10:39h, 06 January Reply

    good information

  • Sunita Gawand
    Posted at 09:30h, 13 January Reply

    This article have been very much Useful and Informative. But I would like to add that a good night sleep also plays a major role in one’s over-all health !! And a appropriate mattress is necessary for better sleep recovery

  • Neha Sharma
    Posted at 13:53h, 13 March Reply

    I found this Article Much Informative. Even I am looking for Solutions of Over-Thinking.

    Thanks in Advance..

  • Sunshine Ayurveda
    Posted at 09:53h, 15 May Reply

    Very informative article. I love graphic and picture illustrations.

  • Dr. CA. Mayur B. Nayak
    Posted at 10:36h, 29 May Reply

    Lovely information. We do talk about these aspects in our courses on Spiritual Healing conducted by the Indian Spiritual Healing Foundation. Compliments for the useful information which can be useful to many people.

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    Posted at 03:49h, 08 June Reply

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