In macrobiotics, health is constantly moving and changing. If we stay stagnant then we are moving towards illness instead of health. At Strengthening Health Institute (SHI), we teach students about the five transformations to help them be able to adjust to the changes of energy in the seasons, environment and balance yin yang. If we keep transforming our habits to follow the natural cycles, like moon cycle, around us then we will continuously be healthy and emotionally strong.
What is the five transformations and moon cycle?
The five transformations is a yin yang model of the relationship between our environment to our organs and emotions. In macrobiotics, the model is divided into five stages of change – tree, soil, water, fire, and metal. Each phase is associated with a moon cycle, an organ pair and positive and negative emotion. We move through all five phases during one moon cycle. When these phases are balanced so is yin yang, which means we are at great health and our organs are working efficiently
Here is an easy chart of the five phases and associated moon phases, organs, and emotions:
Five Transformations and Moon Phases to Diagnose Symptoms
The five transformations gives more understanding to overall health. If we are having physical or emotional symptoms during a certain time in the moon cycle than we know to adjust our eating habits and activity to rebalance. For instance, increased anger or irritability during first quarter can reveal potential problems in the liver or gallbladder. Or tiredness in the last quarter would be a problem of the lungs and large intestine.
Here is a list of symptoms and their remedies:
- If there are symptoms in the first quarter of the moon cycle than you are eating too much meat and heavy foods and need to focus on leafy greens and lighter, more refreshing dishes.
- If there are symptoms in the last quarter of the moon cycle than your are eating too many strong sweets or baked foods. (Learn more about good and bad sugar)
- During a full and new moon avoid both extremes of yin yang. Eat more grain, bean and vegetable dishes. (Check out our vegetable dish recipe for Nishime.)
The moon cycle and five transformations can help anybody to develop a better understanding of their bodies and emotions. At SHI, we teach the five transformations in our intermediate course, Macro on the Go! Core, and advanced course, Master Your Health. If you feel you are not ready for these courses but want to start learning macrobiotics then check out our Introductory Macrobiotics Course.