Five agents in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic

During my studies I discovered that I did not know all of the five agent associations. I have decided to share them since it has deepened my understanding of the qualities of each element.

I have grouped the association into categories. A general category and one for each of the elements.

General

Chapter 4

The five depots correspond to the four seasons. Do all of them have something specific that they collect and receive? Yes they do.

What is it they collect and receive. The directions collect things that are the same.

The Great Commentary of the Classic of Changes, The directions of the compass gather things of their ilk, creatures are thereby gathered together and separated out.

Chapter 5

Water is yin, fire is yang, yang is qi, flavor is yin.

Flavor turns to physical appearance. Physical appearance turns to qi. Qi turns to essence. Essence turns to transformation.

Essence is nourished by qi. Physical appearance is nourished by flavor.

Transformation generates essence. Qi generates physical appearance.

Flavor harms physical appearance. Qi harms essence. Essence transforms into qi. Qi is harmed by flavor.

This is a description of how water and fire transform and give birth to the many beings.

Chapter 25

When wood meets metal it is felled

When fire meets water it is extinguished

When soil meets wood it is penetrated

When metal meets fire it is destroyed

When water meets soils it is interrupted in its flow

These five processes apply to the interactions among all the myriad beings, their validity is never exhausted.

Chapter 66

Huang Di asked, Heaven has the five agents, they control the five positions. Thereby the five agents generate cold, dryness, dampness, summer heat, and wind.

Man has the five depots, they transform the five qi, thereby generating joy, anger, pensiveness, anxiety, and fear. How is this linked to the three yin and three yang?

Cold, dryness, fire, dampness, summer heat, and wind. These are the yin and yang of heaven. The three yin and three yang act on their behalf.

Wang Bing explains, Tai yang is cold, yang ming is dryness, shao yang is fire, tai yin is dampness, shao yin is summer heat, and jue yin is wind. They all have their origin in heaven.

The five agents give birth to the three yin and three yang atmospheric influences which are also know as the six conformations.

Chapter 69

Qi Bo, Now, the movements of the qi indicating changes have never been regular.

Virtues, transformations, policies, commands, catastrophes, and changes are the different manifestations of the movements indicating changes.

Hence through investigating their movement, there is virtue and there is transformation, there is policy and there is command, there is change and there is catastrophes to be recognized, and how all things originate from them, and how man corresponds to them.

Chapter 23

Where the five flavors enter

Sour enters the liver

Acrid enters lung

Bitter enters the heart

Salty enters the kidneys

Sweet enters the spleen

There relationships are called the five enterings.

When the qi in the five depots have a disease

In the heart it causes belching

In the lung it causes coughing

In the liver it causes talkativeness

In the spleen it causes swallowing

In the kidneys it causes yawning, and it causes sneezing

In the stomach it causes qi to move contrary, it causes hiccup and fear

In the large intestine and the small intestine it causes outflow,

Wand Bing, The large intestine is the palace representing transmission and the small intestine is the palace of accepting riches.

In the lower burner, if it causes overflow it causes water

In the urinary bladder, if it does not pass freely it causes protuberance illness, if it is unrestrained, it causes involuntary loss of urine. Protuberance indicating closure of  the bladder.

In the gall bladder it causes anger

These are the so-called five diseases

Where the five essences collect

When essence qi collects in the heart joy results

In the lungs, sadness results

In the liver, anxiety results

In the spleen, fright results

In the kidneys, fear results

These are the so-called five accumulations

What the five depots dislike

The heart dislikes heat

The lung dislikes cold

The liver dislikes wind

The spleen dislikes dampness

The kidneys dislike dryness

These are the so-called five dislikes

The fluids transformed by the five depots

The heart generates sweat

The lungs generates snivel

The liver generates tears

The spleen generates spittle

These are the so-called five fluids

What the five depots store, with commentary from Wang Bing

The heart stores the spirit, spirit brightness, shen. The spirit is a transformation product of the essence qi.

The lungs store the po-soul. It assists the essence spirit.

The liver stores the hun-soul. It supports the essence spirit.

The spleen stores the sentiments. They record and do not let one forget.

The kidneys store the will. It focuses the sentiment on one goal and does not let them shift elsewhere.

These are the so-called, what the five depots store.

What the five depots rule

The heart rules the vessels

The lung rules the skin

The liver rules the sinews

The spleen rules the flesh

The kidneys rule the bones

These are the so-called five rulings

Chapter 44

The lungs rule the body’s skin and body hair

The heart rules the body’s blood and vessels

The liver rules the body’s sinews and membranes

The spleen rules the body’s muscles and flesh

The kidneys rule the body’s bones and marrow

Chapter 52

Each depot has an important location where it can be harmed. Commentary from Wang Bing

The liver generates life on the left. The liver reflects the wood, it flourishes in spring. The spring is yang and brings things to life. Hence, it generates on the left. Remember the sage faces south, so the east is where the sun starts to rise, which is on the left.

The lungs store of the right. The lung reflects the metal, it flourishes in autumn. The autumn is yin, it gathers and kills. Hence, it stores on the right. The sage facing south has the setting sun on his right.

The heart commands in the exterior. The yang qi rules the exterior, the heart reflects the fire.

The kidneys govern the interior. The yin qi rules the interior, the kidneys reflect the water.

The spleen serves as their messenger. It transports, without ceasing, the dregs, the water, and the grains.

The stomach serves as their market place. This is where the water and the grains turns to, all five flavors enter here. It resembles the variety of food at the market.

Above the ge-huang, in the middle there are the father and mother. Yang Shangshan, Below the heart and above the diaphragm is the huang. The heart is yang, it is the father. The lung is yin, it is the mother. 

Chapter 57

What are the regular colors of the vessels?

The color associated with the heart is red.

The lung is white

The liver is green-blue

The spleen is yellow

The  kidneys is black

Do the yin and yang sections of the network vessels reflect the colors of these vessels too?

The colors of the yin network vessels reflect those of the respective vessels.

The colors of the yang vessels change. They have no permanence. The colors are activated in accordance with the four seasons.

Chapter 62

How are the five states of surplus and deficiency generated.

Now, the heart stores the spirit

The lung stores the qi

The liver stores the blood

The spleen stores the flesh

The kidneys store the will

And this completes the physical appearance.

Chapter 66

In chen and xu years the tai yang appears above. Center heavenly stems

In mao and you years the yang ming appears above. Wood and metal heavenly stems

In yin and shen years the shao yang appears above. Wood and metal heavenly stems

In chou and wei years the tai yin appears above. Center heavenly stems

In zi and wu years the shao yin appears above. Water and fire heavenly stems

In si and hai years the jue yin appears above.  Fire and water heavenly stems

Zhang Ziebing, Above is to say, governs heaven.

In chen and xu years the tai yang appears above. Center heavenly stems

In chou and wei years the tai yin appears above. Center heavenly stems

In mao and you years the yang ming appears above. Wood and metal heavenly stems

In yin and shen years the shao yang appears above. Wood and metal heavenly stems

In zi and wu years the shao yin appears above. Water and fire heavenly stems

In si and hai years the jue yin appears above.  Fire and water heavenly stems

Tai yang and tai yin correspond with the center.

Yang ming and shao yang correspond with wood and metal.

Shao yin and jue yin correspond with fire and water.

Chapter 70

A year of the wood period with balanced qi is called extended harmony

Fire qi is called ascending brilliance

Soil qi is called perfect transformation

Metal qi is called secured balance

Water qi is called quiet adaptation

Inadequacy qi is

A year of the wood period with inadequate qi is called discarded harmony

Fire is called hidden brilliance

Soil is called inferior supervision

Metal is called accepted change

Water is called dried-up flow

Great excess qi is

A year of the wood period with great excess is called effusive generation

Fire is called fire-red sunlight

Soil is called prominent mound

Metal is called firm completion

Water is called inundating flow

Wood and the East

Chapter 2

The three months of spring, they denote effusion and spreading.

Heaven and earth together generate life, the myriad beings flourish.

Chapter 4

The east, blue green color.

Having entered it communicates with the liver.

It opens an orifice in the eyes.

It stores essence in the liver.

The disease it brings forth is shock.

Its flavor is sour

Its class, herbs and trees

Its domestic animal, chicken

Its grain, wheat

Its correspondence with the four seasons, above it is Juniper.

Hence the qi of spring is in the head.

Its tone, jue.

Its number, eight

Hence one knows that its diseases are located in the sinews.

Its odor, fetid.

Chapter 5

The east generates wind

Wind generates wood

Wood generates sour

Sour generates the liver

The liver generates the sinews

The sinews generates the heart

The liver rules the eyes

Among the depots it is the liver

Among the colors it is greenish

Among the tones it is jue

Among the voice it is shouting

Among the movements indicating changes it is grasping

Among the orifices it is the eyes

Among the flavors it is sour

Among the states of mind it is anger

The east is yang. As for the yang, its essence collects above.

Chapter 12

The fact is, the region of the east, this is where heaven and earth give life first.

This is the land offish and salt, beaches border on the water.

Chapter 19

In spring, the movement in the vessels is a liver movement.

The east is wood, this is whereby the myriad beings come life first.

Hence, when this qi comes, it is soft, weak, light, depleted, and smooth.

It is straight and extended. Hence it is called string like. A movement contrary to this is called disease.

Chapter 22

The liver rules is spring. The jue yin and the shao yang vessels rule its treatments.

Its days are jia and yi. Jia and yi are wood. They are the heavenly stems of the east.

When the liver suffers tensions, quickly consume sweet flavor to relax these tensions.

Chapter 61

In spring, it is said, take the network vessels in the partings of the flesh. Why is that?

In spring, the wood begins to govern. The qi of the liver begins to stimulate generation. The liver qi is tense, the wind of this is swift.

Chapter 64

In spring, the qi of heaven begins to disperse into the open. The qi of the earth begins to flow out. What is frozen breaks open, the ice melts. The water flows and the vessels are passable.

Hence, the human qi is in the vessels.

Chapter 67

The east generates wind

Wind generates wood

Wood generates sour

Sour generates the liver

The liver generates the sinews

The sinews generates the heart

The spirit in heaven it is wind

On earth it it is wood

In man’s body it is the sinews

Among the depots it is the liver

Its nature is warm

Its virtue is harmony

Its operation is movement

Its color is greenish

Its transformation is blossoming

Its creatures are hairy

Its policy is dispersion

Its commands are spreading and effusion

It causing changes is to break and pull things

Its flavor is sour

Its state of mind is anger

Chapter 69

The east generates wind

Wind generates wood

Its virtue is to extend harmony

Its transformation brings about generation and blossoming

Its policy is unfolding and opening up

Its command is wind

Its change to the extreme causes shaking and effusion

Its catastrophe are dispersing and falling down

Chapter 70

A year of the wood period with balanced qi is called extended harmony

A year of the wood period with inadequate qi is called discarded harmony

A year of the wood period with great excess is called effusive generation

In an arrangement of extended harmony

The virtue of wood prevails everywhere

Yang qi unfolds and yin qi spreads

The five transformations are spread widely and balanced

Its qi is uprightness

Its nature is adaptive

Its operation manifests itself in what is curved and straight

Its transformation brings beings to life and makes them flourish

Its class is herbs and wood

Its policy brings about effusion and dispersion

Its climatic manifestation is warmth and harmony

Its seasonal command brings about wind.

Its depot is the liver

As for the liver it fears coolness

It rules the eyes

Its grain is sesame

Its tree fruit is the plum

Its fruit are those with a kernel

Its corresponding season is spring

Its creatures are hairy

Its domestic animal is the dog

Its color is greenish

It nourishes the sinews

Its illness is internal tightness and propping fullness

Its flavor is sour

Its tome is jue

Its material items are firm in the center

Its number is eight

Fire and the South

Chapter 2

The three months of summer, they denote opulence and blossoming.

The qi of heaven and earth interact and the myriad beings bloom and bear fruit.

Chapter 4

The south, red color

Having entered it communicates with the heart

It opens in the ears

It stores essence in the heart

Hence the disease it brings forth is in the five depots

Its flavor, bitter

Its class, fire

Its domestic animal, sheep

Its grain, glutinous millet

Its correspondence with the four seasons, above it is Mars.

Hence one knows that its diseases are located in the vessels.

Its tone, zhi

Its number, seven

Its odor, burned

Chapter 5

The south generates heat

Heat generates fire

Fire generates bitter

Bitter generates the heart

The heart generates the blood

The bold generates the spleen

The heart rules the tongue

Among the zang yin organs or depots, it is the heart

Among the colors it is red

Among the tones it is zhi

Among the voices it is laughing

Among the movements indicating changes it is anxiety

Among the orifices it is the tongue

Among the flavors it is bitter

Among the states it is joy

Chapter 12

The south, this is the region where heaven and earth bestow growth and nourishment, it is the place where yang qi is present in abundance.

Chapter 19

In summer, the movement in the vessels is a heart movement.

The south if fire, this is whereby the myriad beings abound and grow.

Hence, when this qi comes, it is abundant, when it leaves it is weak.

Hence it is called hook like.

A movement contrary to this is called disease.

Chapter 61

In summer, it is said, take the conduit vessels with qi at the interstice structures. Why is that?

In summer, the fire begins to govern. The qi of the heart begins to stimulate growth.

Chapter 64

In summer, the vessels are full and the qi overflows. It enters the tertiary network vessels which there by receive blood. The skin is filled and replete.

Chapter 67

The south generates heat

Heat generates fire

Fire generates bitter

Bitter generates the heart

The heart generates the blood

The bold generates the spleen

In heaven it is heat

On earth it is fire

In man’s body it is the vessels

Among the qi it is breath

Among the depots it is the heart

Its nature is summer heat

Its virtue is clarity

Its operation is dryness

Its color is red

Its transformation is lushness

Its creatures are feathered

Its policy is brilliance

Its commands are pressure and steam

Its causing changes is to generate flames and melting

Its causing a calamity is to cause burning heat

Its flavor is bitter

Its state of mind is joy

Chapter 69

The south generates the heat

Heat generates fire

Its virtue is obviousness and clarity

Its transformation brings about opulence and lushness

Its policy is brilliance and luster

Its command is heat

Its change to the extreme causes fusing and melting

Its catastrophe is burning heat

Chapter 70

A year of the fire period with balanced qi is called ascending brilliance.

Fire with inadequacy is called inferior supervision.

Fire with great excess is called fire-red sunlight.

In an arrangement of ascending brilliance

The proper yang governs

The virtue of fire is applied ubiquitously, means, in a way that seems to be everywhere

The five transformations are evenly balanced

Its qi is highness

Its nature is fast

Its operation manifests in burning

Its transformation brings about opulence and lushness

Its class is fire

Its policy brings about brilliance and luster

Its climatic manifestation is flaming summer heat

Its seasonal command brings about heat

Its depot is the heart

As for the heart, it fears cold

It rules the tongue

Its grain is wheat

Its tree fruit is the apricot

Its fruit are those with a network

It corresponding season is summer

Its creatures are feathered

Its domestic animal is the horse

Its color is red

It nourishes the blood

Its illness is twitching flesh and muscle spasms

Its flavor is bitter

Its tone is zhi

Its material items have vessels

Its number is seven

Earth and the Center

Chapter 4

The center, yellow color

Having entered it communicates with the spleen

It opens an orifice in the mouth

It stores essence in the spleen

Hence the disease it brings forth is at the base of the tongue

Its flavor, sweet

Its class, soil

Its domestic animal, ox

Its grain, panicled millet, Proso millet panicles, common millet

Its correspondence with the four seasons, above it is Saturn

Hence one knows that its diseases are in the flesh.

Its tone, gong

Its number, five

Its odor, aromatic

Chapter 5

The center generates dampness

Dampness generates soil

Soil generates sweetness

Sweet flavor generates the spleen

The spleen generates the flesh

The flesh generates the lung

The spleen rules the mouth

Among the depots it is the spleen

Among the colors it is yellow

Among the tones it is gong

Among the voices it is singing

Among the movements indicating change it is hiccup

Among the orifices it is the mouth

Among the flavors it is sweet

Among the states of mind it is pensiveness

Chapter 12

The center, its land is flat and damp. It is here that heaven and earth generate the myriad beings in large numbers.

Chapter 19

The spleen movement in the vessels is associated with the soil. The spleen is a solitary depot serving to pour qi into the four sides.

Chapter 22

The spleen rules in late summer. The tai yin and yang ming vessels rule its treatment. 

Its days are wu and ji. Wu and ji are soil, they are the heavenly stems of the center.

When the spleen suffers from dampness, quickly consume bitter flavor to dry it.

Chapter 64

In late summer, the vessels and the network vessels all abound with the contents which internally overflow into the muscles.

Chapter 67

The center generates dampness

Dampness generates soil

Soil generates sweetness

Sweet flavor generates the spleen

The spleen generates the flesh

The flesh generates the lung

In heaven it is dampness

On earth it is soil

In man’s body it is the flesh

Among the qi it is fullness

Among the depots it is the spleen

Its nature is resting and union

Its virtue is sogginess

Its operation is transformation

Its color is yellow

Its creatures are naked

Its policy is tranquility

Its commands are clouds and rain

Its causing changes is to generate movement and out pour

Its causing a calamity is to generate excessive rain and massive flooding

Its flavor is sweet

Its state of mind is pensiveness

Chapter 69

The center generates dampness

Dampness generates soil

Its virtue is humidity and steam

Its transformation brings about prosperity and perfection

Its policy is peace and resting

Its command is dampness

Its command to the extreme causes floodings because of rainstorms

Its catastrophes are continuing rain and massive flooding

Chapter 70

A year of the soil period with balanced qi is called prefect transformation.

 A year of the soil period with inadequate qi is called inferior supervision

A year of the soil period with excess qi is called prominent mound.

In an arrangement of perfect transformation

The qi is in harmony and heaven is beautiful

The virtue of soil flows into the four policies

The five transformations are equally refined

Its qi is balance

Its nature is adaptive

Its operation manifests itself high and below

Its transformation brings about prosperity and copiousness

Its class is soil

Its policy brings about peace and resting

Its climatic manifestations is humidity and steam

Its seasonal commands bring about dampness

Its depot is the spleen

As for the spleen, it fears wind

It rules the mouth

Its grain is panicled millet

Its fruit-tree is the date

Its fruit are those with flesh

Its corresponding season is late summer

Its creatures are naked

Its domestic animal is the ox

Its color is yellow

It nourishes the flesh

Its illness is blockage

Its flavor is sweet

Its tone is gong

Its material items have a skin

It number is five

Metal and the West

Chapter 2

The three months of autumn, they denote taking in and balance.

The qi of heaven becomes tense, the qi of earth becomes bright.

Chapter 4

The west, color white

Having entered it communicates with the lung

It opens an orifice in the nose

It stores essence in the lungs

Hence the disease it brings forth is in the back.

Its domestic animal, horse

Its grain, rice

Its correspondence with the four seasons, above  it is Venus.

Hence one knows that its diseases are in the skin and body hair.

Its tone, shang

Its number, nine

Its odor, fishy

Chapter 5

The west generates dryness

Dryness generates metal

Metal generates acrid flavor

Acrid generates the lung

The lung generates skin and body hair

Skin and body hair generate the kidneys

The lungs rule the nose

Among the depots it is the lungs

Among the colors it is white

Among the tones it is shang

Among the voices it is weeping

Among the movements indicating change it is coughing

Among the orifices it is the nose

Among the flavors it is acrid

Among the states of mind it is it is anxiety

The west is yin. As for the yin, its essence collects below.

Chapter 12

The west, this is region of gold and jade. It is the location of sand and stone.

It is where heaven and earth contract and pull things together.

Chapter 19

In autumn, the movement in the vessels is a lung movement.

The west is metal, this is whereby the myriad beings are gathered after they have reached maturity.

Hence, when this qi comes, it is light, depleted, and floating.

It comes tense and leaves dispersed. Hence, it is called floating.

A movement contrary to this is called disease.

Chapter 22

The lung rules in autumn, the tai yin and the yang ming vessels rule its treatment.

It days are geng and xin. Geng and xin days are metal. They are the heavenly stems of the west.

When the lung suffers from qi rising contrary to its regular course, quickly consume bitter flavor to drain it.

Chapter 61

In autumn, it is said, take the vessel transporters. Why is that?

In autumn, the metal begins to govern. The lung is about to gather and kill.

Chapter 64

In autumn, the qi of heaven begins to contract things. The interstice structures are obstructed and the skin is pulled together tightly.

Chapter 67

The west generates dryness

Dryness generates metal

Metal generates acrid flavor

Acrid generates the lung

The lung generates skin and body hair

Skin and body hair generate the kidneys

In heaven it is dryness

On earth it is metal

On man’s body it is the skin and its hair

Among the qi it is completion

Among the depots it is the lung

Its nature is coolness

Its virtue is clearness

Its operation is hardening

Its color is white

Its transformation is contraction

Its creatures are armored

Its policy is force

Its commands are fog and dew

Its causing changes is to cause sternness and killing

Its causing a calamity is to cause aging and falling

Its flavor is acrid

Its state of mind is anxiety

Chapter 69

The west generates dryness

Dryness generates metal

Its virtue is clearness and cleanliness

Its transformation brings about tightness and contraction

Its policy is force and cutting

Its command is dryness

Its change to the extreme causes sternness and killing

Its catastrophes are aging and falling down

Chapter 70

A year of the metal period with balanced qi is called secured balance

A year of the metal period with inadequate qi is called accepted change

A year of the metal period with excessive qi is called firm completion

In arrangement of secured balance

There is gathering but no fright

Killing but no invasion

The five transformations are widely promulgated. Announced publicly

Its qi is cleanliness

Its nature is hard

Its operation manifests itself about firmness and contraction

Its class is metal

Its policy is forceful and stern

Its climatic manifestation is clear and cutting

Its seasonal command brings about dryness

Its depot is the lung

As for the lung, it fears heat

It rules the nose

Its grain is rice

Its fruit-tree is the peach

Its fruit are those with a shell

Its corresponding season is autumn

Its creatures are armored

Its domestic animal is the chicken

Its color is white

It nourishes the skin and body hair

Its illness is cough

Its flavor is acrid

Its tone is shang

Its material items are firm on the outside

Its number is nine

Water and the North

Chapter 2

The three months of winter, they denote securing and storing.

The water is frozen and the earth breaks open.

Chapter 4

The north, black color

Having entered it communicates with the kidneys

It opens an orifice in the two yin sites, urethra and anus

It stores essence in the kidneys

Hence the disease it brings forth is in the ravines. This is the location in the flesh where water flows and stagnates.

Its flavor, salty

Its class, water

Its domestic animal, the swine

Its grain, the bean

Its correspondence with the four seasons, above it is Mercury

Hence one knows that is diseases are in the bones.

Its tone, yu

Its number, six

Its odor, foul

Chapter 5

The north generates cold

Cold generates water

Water generates salty

Salty generates the kidneys

The kidneys generate the bones and the marrow

The marrow generates the liver

The kidneys rule the ears

Among the depots it is the kidneys

Among the colors it is black

Among the tones it is yu

Among the voices it is groaning

Among the movements indicating change it is shivering

Among the orifices it is the ear

Among the flavors it is salty

Among the states of mind it is fear

Chapter 12

The north, this is the region where heaven and earth secure and store.

Its land lies at a high elevation, its people live in earthen mounds.

Wind, cold, and piercing frost dominate.

Chapter 19

In winter, the movement in the vessels is a kidney movement.

The north is water, this is whereby the myriad beings are brought together and stored.

Hence, this qi comes in the depth and is beating. Hence, it is called encamped.

A movement contrary to this indicates disease.

Chapter 22

The kidneys rule in winter, the shao yin and the tai yang vessels rule its treatment.

Its days are ren and gui. Ren and gui are the heavenly stems of water of the north. Format?

When the kidneys suffer from desiccation, or dryness, quickly consume pungent to moisten them.

Chapter 61

In winter, it is said, take the well and  brooks. Why is that?

In winter, the water begins to govern. The kidneys are about to stimulate closure.

Chapter 64

In winter, everything is covered and stored away. Blood and qi are in the center. They are attached to the bones and the marrow internally and penetrate the five depots.

Chapter 67

The north generates cold

Cold generates water

Water generates salty

Salty generates the kidneys

The kidneys generate the bones and the marrow

The marrow generates the liver

In heaven it is cold

On earth it is water

In man’s body it is the bones

Among the qi it is hardness

Among the depot it is the kidneys

Its nature is piercing cold

Its virtue is cold

Its operation is storage

Its color is black

Its transformation is sternness

Its creatures are scaly

Its policy is resting

Its commands closure

Its causing changes is to cause piercing frost

Its causing a calamity is to cause ice and hail

Its flavor is salty

Its state of mind is fear

Chapter 69

The north generates cold

Cold generates water

Its virtue is chilling temperatures

Its transformation brings about clarity and tranquility

Its policy is freezing and sternness

Its command is cold

Its change to the extreme causes piercing cold

Its catastrophes are ice, snow, frosts, and hail.

Chapter 70

A year of the water period with balanced qi is called quiet adaptation

A year of the water period with inadequacy is called dried-up flow

A year of the water period in great excess qi is called inundating flow

In arrangement of quiet adaptation

There is storage but no injury

There is order and benevolence extends to those below

Its qi is brilliance

Its nature is to move downward

Its operation manifests itself in pouring and inundation, flooding

Its transformation brings about congealing and firmness

Its class is water

Its policy brings about excessive flow

Its climatic manifestation is freezing and sternness

Its seasonal command brings about cold

Its depots are the kidneys

As for the kidneys, they fear dampness

They rule the two yin openings

Its grain is the bean

Its fruit-tree is the chestnut

Its fruit are those with moisture

Its corresponding season is winter

Its creatures are scaly

Its domestic animal is the swine

Its color is black

It nourishes the bones and marrow

Its illness is recession

Its flavor is salty

Its tone is yu

Its material items have moisture

Its number is six

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