Usually the hump to understanding the difference between the 2 systems is is under standing the metal element in 5 element as ether. But that isnt
enough to bring understaningvof relative diagnostic paradigms.
I feel differential diagnosis brings the clearest appreciation for that ...I offer the 5 element/5 Yin/ 5 Yang organ system:
Creation cycle: Fire, earth, metal, water, and wood
control cycle: Fire, metal,:wood, earth, water
both of those cycles (and a third more advanced) are relative to the 5 major yin and yang organs in 5 element so: Fire= Heart, small intestine,
(triple warmer and paracardium too)
Earth: spleen, stomach pancreas
Metal: lung and large Intestine
water: kidney and bladder
wood: liver and gall bladder
now in all of the systems of medicine I know well the substances used for medicine fall under those same auspices of energetics as the body creating
a kind of plug n play method for use via differential diagnosis.
In the end I have been given greater clarity through following a diagnosis and treatment through the two systems that has usually set me free.
Michael Tiara and his wife Lesley have co authored a series of books going into what you have asked about. Planatary Herbology was the 1st I believe,
it didnt answer enogh for me but helped pave the way.
western tends to rely on astrology a great deal as well and some would say therin lay the 5th element to its system...open to debate.
too hard on a phone for this convo...Ill return when I can get on a computer.
a reply to: Egoismyname
edit on 16-6-2015 by BlueJacket because: sp