Summer: The Element of Fire, The Season of Abundance and Joy
Fire, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the element associated with summer, and it has the power to give light, to illuminate our inner being as well as our external world. The warmth of summer season is filled with abundance in energy, sunshine and long days. Life and energies are at their peak and it is a time for activity, creativity and growth. The weather is conducive for shared outings and recreational sports, parties, barbecues and walks with friends; we tend to our inner Fire and nurture these relationships.
The emotion associated with Fire is Joy, and when in balance, represents an enthusiasm for life. However when Fire is in excess, it produces restlessness. When there is not enough Fire, it creates lack of Joy and apathy. The colour associated with Fire is red; the climate of Fire is hot; and the sound connected with Fire is the sound of laughter.
Each element in Traditional Chinese Medicine has a pair of organs connected to it. Fire it the element associated with the Heart and Small Intestines.
Heart and Small Intestines
The Heart, in western medicine, is the organ responsible for the circulatory system and the small intestine's main function is to absorb nutrients and minerals from the food.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Heart is the Emperor of all organs, therefore the root of life, the seat of the spirit and mind, the master of blood, and the commander of the vessels and it is responsible for wisdom, intelligence and spiritual transformation. The small intestine plays both a physical and a mental role, connecting to the Heart to separate the "nutritional" parts of our daily interactions and remove from our consciousness the "unwanted" ones.
Living in harmony with the seasons is the core of Traditional Chinese wisdom. It was based on living in agreement with nature's and one's environment.
4 Things you can do to help with your summer balance
Drink lots of pure, fresh water to avoid dehydration
Avoid hot, greasy or spicy food
Swimming, meditation and yoga can keep the spirit calam, maintain good sleep and help your personal growth this summer season
Set up power lunches and meet with friends, because fire is linked to social connectivitiy
Symptoms related to an imbalance of the Fire element in Traditional Chinese Medicine include:
Palpitations, or /and irregular heartbeat
Sleep disturbances, insomnia, and restless sleep
Anxiety and irrational fears and phobias
Dry mouth and throat
Low grade fever
How can we help?
Acupuncture, one of the modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine, utilizes a selection of points along the energy pathways of the body to create harmony and balance and generate what is lacking in body, mind, and spirit.
In western medicine terms, Acupuncture uses current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology and the principles of evidence based medicine, by mainly stimulating the nervous system to achieve a therapeutic outcome.
Therefore, Traditional Chinese medicine has a place in the management of various symptoms.
If you feel you can benefit from acupuncture, please feel free to contact our practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine on:
Phone: 9553 8145
Or if you're in the area, drop on by and have a chat with us to see if we can help in any way. We're located at 1/45 Montgomery St, Kogarah NSW 2217.
Our physiotherapists are trained to recognise, assess and treat patients that are suffering from vertigo from a vestibular origin such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuronitis/labyrinthitis and following acoustic neuroma resection.