In Summer, the pulse is that of the Heart, and Fire is the Element at its peak.
All things in creation flourish and grow.
hot flushes; heartburn and digestive problems."
Excerpt from Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements, Dianne M. Connelly, Ph. D., M.Ac.
-Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, Founder Jin Shin Do®
In terms of the Small Intestine meridian, the Heart's partner meridian, imbalances may show up as an overwhelming sense of being unable to sort thoughts and ideas, causing confusion in the bodymind. Just as the Small Intestine organ has the role of receiving and assimilating food in our bodies, separating the "pure from the impure", imbalances in the Small Intestine organ meridian show up when we're "stressed out" and feel burdened by responsibility. We are suppressing our emotional heart and have difficulty sorting. We may experience elbow and shoulder pain, neck tension, hearing difficulty or tinnitus, abdominal distension and loose stools.
Other interesting notes for the Fire Element:
- Season: Summer
- Color: Red
- Time of Day: Heart- 11AM-1PM; Small Intestine- 1-3PM; Pericardium- 7-9PM; Triple Warmer- 9-11PM
- Flavor: Bitter
- Orifice: Ears
- Sense Organ: Tongue
- Fluid Secretion: Perspiration
- Emotions: Joy and Happiness; Extreme: Over-excitement, Sudden Joy, and Shock
- Sound: Laughing
- Body Parts: Blood Vessels
- External Physical Manifestation: Complexion
- Power: Capacity for Sadness and Grief
- Smell: Scorched
- Climate: Heat
- Cardinal Direction: South
- Life Aspect: Spirit
- Dreams: Nearly Predictable- Fires and Blazes
- Number: Seven
Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa, M.A. A Complete Guide to Acupressure, Revised. Idyllwild: Jin Shin Do® Foundation, 2003.
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