Water will put out fire; fire will melt metal; metal will cut wood; wood will absorb nutrients from the earth (or displaces earth through growth); and earth will dam water.
As Water douses Fire, the Yin moisture of the Kidneys counterbalances the Yang Fire of the Heart.
As Fire melts Metal, the Heart's capacity to rule the Blood counteracts the Lung's capacity to govern the Ch'i .
As Metal cuts Wood, the Lung's power to mobilize Ch'i counteracts the Liver's power to gather the Blood.
As Wood displaces Earth, Liver Ch'i weakens the transformative function of the Spleen.
As Earth dams Water, the Spleen's ability to absorb and distribute moisture counterbalances the Kidney's ability to concentrate Essence and release fluid.
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