By AFEA member Seán O'Neill
Did you know that from a western scientific understanding we are in fact composed of fifty-nine elements (not to be confused with the Chinese 5 Elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal). 99.1 percent of us is carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus. We also have inside us modest amounts of amongst other elements tin and copper! The biggest component in any human, filling 61 percent of available space, is oxygen. From a scientific point of view of the 59 elements found within us, 24 are traditionally known as ‘essential elements’.
I am in awe when I think that the ancient Chinese discovered that 5 ‘essential’ Elements can manage all of these 59 elements and be utilised to keep us healthy in body, mind and spirit.