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Cells and the Five Elements: A Polarity Perspective

By: Lucy A. Mills, B.S., BCPP, HHP

“Cells are miniature ovals with the five modalities of matter in action in every living cell.”
Polarity Therapy, Volume 1, Book 2, Chart No. 1 – Ovals and Centers


“The presence of this Energy Essence is necessary in every cell of the body, for rebuilding and repair, healing and constant replacement of new cells for old worn out cells. Cellular vigor and function depend on this Primary Life Energy”
Dr. Stone in Health Building, page 53

“And, finally, there are rays and waves of dispersed energy which reach every cell to enable them to function and keep tuned to the whole
Polarity Therapy Volume 1, Book 2, pg. 67


As Polarity Practitioners, we are always working with Energy Currents, Patterns, Connections, Triads, the Five Elements, and Energy Pathways on a scale that encompasses the entire biofield.  While this is the foundation for Polarity Theories and Principles, there is something microcosmic at work that can be even more exciting to consider! 

All Five Elements can be seen and are functioning in each and every cell of the human body!

(For example:  if you are working with the Air Element and the Air Triad (Shoulders, Kidneys, Ankles), bear in mind that this element is at work within ALL cells – not just the areas commonly associated with the Air Element)

So let’s first start with the basics.

What is a cell?

Cells are the basic building blocks of all living things

The human body is composed of trillions of cells

Cells provide structure for the body, take in nutrients from food, convert those nutrients into energy, and carry out specialized functions

All Cells have Four Parts in Common:

  1. Plasma Membrane
    • A thin coat of lipids that surrounds the cell
    • Forms a physical boundary between the cell and its environment
  2. Cytoplasm
    • Made up of a watery substance called “cytosol”
    • Allows movement of substances within the cell
    • This movement is sometimes referred to as “flowing”
  3. Ribosomes
    • Structures in the Cytoplasm where proteins are made
    • Protein builders and synthesizers
    • Essential for carrying out the cell’s activities
  4. DNA
    • Contains genetic instructions for development and function of the organism
    • Main role: long term storage of information


Cells have Six Main Functions Which:

    • Provide Structure and Support
    • Facilitate Growth through Mitosis
    • Allow Passive and Active Transport
    • Produce Energy
    • Create Metabolic Reactions
    • Aid in Reproduction



Types of Cells:

    • There are over 200 cell types in the human body
    • Each type of cell carries out a specialized, particular function
    • We will discuss the 14 main categories of cells
      • Watch for the qualities of each Element in the descriptions

Stem Cells:

    • Have the potential to become any type of cell in the body
    • Have the power to replicate into healthy cells and speed up regeneration
    • Anatomy is that of a simple cell


Red Blood Cells:

    • Fairly flexible – can squeeze through small capillaries
    • Main role: transport oxygen
    • Also control pH of the blood

White Blood Cells:

    • A vital component of the immune system
    • Four types:
    • Neutrophils – destroy damaged cells and bacteria
    • Eosinophils – involved in the inflammatory response
    • Basophils – involved in the body’s defense against parasites
    • Lymphocytes – involved in adaptive immune response (T-cells and B-cells)



    • An important component of the blood
    • Control bleeding
    • Bind damaged blood vessel walls
    • Form blood clots (coagulation)


Nerve Cells:

    • Commonly known as neurons
    • Transmit information throughout the body in the form of electrical signals or nerve impulses


Neuroglial Cells:

    • Cells of the nervous system which do not produce nervous impulses
    • Very common in the brain
    • Produce a scaffold for neural development
    • Help in recovery from neural injuries

Muscle Cells:

    • Three types
    • Skeletal – responsible for voluntary movements
    • Smooth – responsible for involuntary contractions in organs such as the bladder and lungs
    • Cardiac – make up the muscular tissue of the heart

Cartilage Cells:

  • Cartilage is a firm tissue that is vital to the body’s structure
  • Can be found in joints, between bones, in the airways, and in between vertebrae


Bone Cells:

    • Four types
    • Osteoclasts: involved in bone resorption
    • Osteoblasts: involved in the generation of new bone
    • Osteocytes: found inside the bone, secrete growth factors
    • Lining cells: responsible for the release of calcium

Skin Cells:

    • Generate keratin
    • Block toxins and pathogens
    • Prevent loss of heat and moisture
    • Produce melanin
    • Involved in touch reception (the ability to feel)

Endothelial Cells:

    • Form the lining of blood vessels
    • Growth and repair of body tissues
    • Highly adaptable

Epithelial Cells:


    • Line the cavities in the body such as lungs, small intestines, and stomach
    • Have nerve endings
    • Can detect sensory stimuli (sensory cells)
    • Can release mucous, hormones, and enzymes (secretory cells)

Fat Cells:

    • Store energy
    • Two types
      • White: Contain a liquid droplet and cytoplasm
      • Brown: Multiple vacuoles, shaped like polygons and generate heat energy

Sex Cells:


    • Two different types:
      • Male sex cells (sperm)
      • Female sex cells (eggs or ova)
    • When two different sex cells fuse together, fertilization occurs, and a zygote is formed

 Now that we have explored what cells are, what they are made of, their main functions, and the fourteen main categories of cells, we will now consider how each Element corresponds to and is expressed in certain cells.


 The EARTH Element


    • Each cell has a plasma membrane which forms a boundary for the cell
    • Cells provide structure and support for the body
    • Skeletal Muscle Cells
    • Bone Cells
    • Cartilage Cells

The WATER Element


    • Each cell contains a Cytoplasm which is made up of a watery substance called “cytosol”
    • The Cytoplasm allows substances to flow within the cell
    • Sex Cells


The FIRE Element


    • Each cell contains Ribosomes which are essential for carrying out the cell’s activities (Action)
    • Cells produce energy
    • Eosinophils (inflammatory response)
    • Brown fat cells

The AIR Element


    • One of the main functions of cells is to allow Passive and Active Transport (movement)
    • White Blood Cells (Immune System)
    • Skin Cells

The ETHER Element

    • Intercellular spaces: Located or occurring between cells

    • Gap junctions: Specialized intercellular connections which allow various molecules, ions, and electrical impulses to directly pass through a regulated gate between cells
    • Synapses: A minute gap between two nerve cells which serves as the space which allows impulses to pass across
    • Cartilage Cells: can be found in joints & airways

In conclusion, we can see that all Five Elements are intricately functioning in every single cell of the human body all the time.

As Polarity Practitioners, we are able to work on this microcosmic plane, release blockages at the cellular level, and create an atmosphere for health through free flowing energy.

Polarity Therapy reaches the innermost portions of the cell and can help keep all parts “tuned to the whole”.

This article has been adapted from an online PowerPoint presentation available through Global Academy for Energetic Education. If you would like to see this presentation in its original format, access can be found through this link:

After completing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Counseling with Liberty University, Lucy wanted to pursue an education that would integrate healing processes for the mind, body, soul, and spirit.  After discovering Energy Medicine and the many options available to naturally promote health and well-being, she completed the necessary training for the designations of Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) and Board Certified Polarity Practitioner (BCPP).  Lucy is now a Registered Polarity Educator (RPE) as well.

Lucy has been practicing energy medicine since 2013 and continues to expand her knowledge in the theory and science of energy in order to educate students and clients on how to keep their energy free flowing which in turn promotes health and well-being. Coupled with her many years of administrative and leadership experience, being the Director of the Global Academy for Energetic Education is the perfect fusion of organizational education while still remaining hands-on and experiential.

Lucy A. Mills, B.S., BCPP, HHP

Director, Global Academy for Energetic Education


Holistic Solutions Ohio


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