Lest we have any doubt regarding the differences between the Confucian world view and the Pythagorean worldview, it is clearly spelled out here and is bound to confound us as it is impossible to accept one over the other easily or even separately.
What this system does is impose a five base classification system on a body of empirical knowledge that is naturally generating a range of values and effects that produce a Bell distribution and can readily be broken into standard deviations to form five separate identifiable variations. The associations are ultimately arbitrary and serve as a memory assist.
This would be particularly valuable in medicine once you see past the futility of word meaning. The table below is suggestive but it is easy to reorder it to express a better understanding. Thus even that need not be cast in stone.
The way forward is to combine our conceptualization driven by the Bell curve with the empirical data of Chinese Medicine.
Virtue is seen in the goodness of the government, and the government is tested by its nourishing of the people. There are water, fire, metal, wood, soil, and grain — these must be duly regulated; there are the rectification of the people’s virtues, the conveniences of life, and the securing of abundant means of sustentation — these must be harmoniously attended to (quoted in Geiss, 1988, p. 403 n. 1; Unschuld, 2010, p. 59).
|Fŭ||Gall bladder||Small intestine,
|Body part||Muscles/ tendons||Blood vessels||Flesh||Skin||Bones|
|Manifestation||Nails||Complexion||Lips||Body hair||Head hair|