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5e-zyklus-produktiv2We use the creating cycle of the elements for this method of cooking. The order of the five elements in the creating cycle is in accordance to the natural rhythm of all living processes.

To cook in the cycle we have to add the ingredients according to its elements. Just start with whatever element you like and go on adding the ingredients in the order of the productive cycle. To make a tomato sauce i.e. you would heat up some oil (earth), than add metal (garlic) , then water (salt), wood (tomato) and fire (oregano). It does not matter, if you put only one ingredient of each element or more.  The element of the last ingredient added to the meal, gives even more Qi than the rest.

You can prepare each and every dish according to this principle. Just use your food table to check, to which element which food belongs to.

In five elements nutrition we distinguish between cold, refreshing, neutral, warm and hot food. The following 5 elements food chart shows some categories.


wood element


Fire element


Earth element


Metal element


Water element



All kind of grilled meat, bitter liqueur cognac, hot wine

Fennel seed tea

All hot spices like (cayenne pepper, chili, tabasco..), wodka, spirits, rum whisky, cinnamom,



chicken, vinegar parsley, cherry juice, green spelt, wild garlic

lamb, sheep, goat, all kinds of dairy product made of sheep or goat milk,
all kind of aromatic herbs such as orégano, rosmary, thyme, basil, juni-per berry, curcuma, mild paprika, pop-py, cocoa, coffee, red wine, all kinds of bitter herb teas

amarant, quinoa, fennel, pumpkin, sweet potato, cherry, peach, apricot, raisins, coconut and coconut milk, vanilla, walnut pistachios, pumpkin and sunflower seeds pine seeds, linseeds, walnut oil, liqueur camomile tea, sweet wine

Game, oats, leek, chives, horse radish, garlic, shallot, raw onion, mature and spicy cheese, gorgonzola, blue cheese, dill,ginger, coriander, mustard, nutmeg cardamom, curry, carraway, bayleaf, clove, pepper

eel, trout, salmon, sole, anchovy, crustacea like lobster, crab, shrimp, prawn, langostini, mussels,

all kinds of smoked fish


rabbit, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, cottage cheese

rye, brussel sprouts beetroot, bitter almond, mejoram, hot water

beef, corn, gravel, cabbage, green beans, pea, carrot, potato, plum, grape, avocado , papaya, butter, egg, all dairy milk products, honey, marzipan, brown and white sugar, malt, maple tree sirup peanut, hazelnut, sesame,saffron, almond, malt beer, dates and figues, mushroom, peanut oil, liquorice

goose, turkey, rice

pig, bacon, ham, smoked ham, nearly all kind of fish like carp, cod, sardine, tuna fish

lentils, soy bean, kidney beans, azuki beans, black beans


spelt, wheat, sour dough, yeast, duck, kefir, butter mrilk, sour cream cream cheese, yoghurt
sauerkraut, sprouts, sour apples, orange, mandarines, lemon, lime, pineapple, sour cherry, white wine, champagne, cider, rose hip tea, wheat beer,

endive, chicory and all kinds of bitter salads, artichoke, rucola dandilion, sage, buckwheat, elder, grapefruit, quince, ale

cereal coffee

yoghurt from goat milk

barley, millet, wheat bran, chard, egg plant, pepper, celery, esparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, zucchini, tarragon, nearly all kinds of sweet fruits like apple, pear or melon, tofu, soy milk, seitan, olive oil, sesame oil and soy oil, fruit and vegetable juice

kohlrabi, radish,

watercress cress,

mint tea

octopus, squid, chickpea, alga from sweet water like spirulina, chlorella and Afa, olives, mung beans, stinging nettle tea, oyster



kiwi, kaki, karam-bole, rhubarb,

Green tea, tea 

cucumber, banana, mango, watermelon


Alga from the sea, caviar, salt, soja sauce, miso, mineral water with and without gas



Healthy and energetic food based on ancient Chinese wisdom

pasta mit ucola avocadopesto350Asian people have a much more holistic health concept than we have in most European countries.
For thousands of years they have collected their observations and found out that body, mind and soul form a unity.
With the help of the ancient concepts of yin and yang and the five elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water we can easily balance all aspects of life.  
This is the base of a long and prosperous life and personal wellbeing.

“The earlier, the better” was always the motto of traditional Chinese medicine. Therefore it is more than clear, that with a consciousness on nutrition we can avoid imbalances of the five elements in our body and thus avoid and / or cure diseases.

Each element has different characteristics. To define which food belongs to which element we have to look at: taste, colour, form and effect.

Equally important is the energetic effect; that is various food can have on our organism. In five elements nutrition we distinguish between cold, refreshing, neutral, warm and hot food.

The main idea of this kind of alimentation is to create and maintain the harmony between body and soul. If we are balanced, we do not get ill and are strong enough to cope with smaller and bigger troubles in our daily life.
  • carrotsoup from the 5 elements kitchen
    Use all the five flavours for your daily meals (sour, bitter, sweet, spicy, salty)
  • Adapt your food to the climate and the seasons
  • Cook your meals!
  • Adapt your daily meals to your personal needs
  • Strengthen your inner centre with food from the earth element with a warm/neutral/refreshing thermal quality (such as grains, carrots, pumpkin)
  • Only eat food that has a lot of energy  (fresh food from farmers markets, no convenience food, deep-frozen food or  microwave food)
  • Start every day with a healthy breakfast and take your time.