Summer is associated in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with the organ of the Heart. We all know that heart pumps blood, but in Chinese Medicine it also has functions of housing the Spirit (sleep). It dominates blood and vessels, facial completion. Heart controls the mind and opens into the tongue. The color for the heart is Red.
Watermelon is my favorite fruit in the summer. It has cooling properties and cools the heart through small intestine which is the Yang organ of the (Yin) Heart organ. The color red benefits the Heart and it tastes good. It cools the body, reduces the heat and has a lot of minerals as well.
HEART IMBALANCES: High Blood Pressure, Insomnia, Irritability, Chest tightness and pain etc. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can be of help to balance, prevent, treat and bring the body to health.
FOOD for the Summer: Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cherries, Salmon and just about anything red in color would do Click for Summer Foods Click GoJi Berry benefit Traditional Chinese Medicine tells us that mind is controlled mostly by the Heart. The process of thinking is accomplished by the heart. Blood is the main foundation for mental activities, thus the function of heart controlling the mind is closely related to the function of heart dominating the blood and the vessels. If there is plenty of blood for the heart to pump, the mind is clear, thinking is nimble, and one is full of vigor. If there is deficiency of blood in the body, it will lead to the pathological changes of heart-mind manifested by heart palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, poor memory, restlessness, etc. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can treat these imbalances with success. Energy of the Heart channel directly connects with the tongue. So physicaly the tongue has a close relationship with the heart. The energy (Qi) and the heart and blood all flow to the tongue. If there is a pathological change in the heart, it will be reflected in the changes of the tongue. If the tip of the tongue is red, person has stress.
Heart has a relationship with its Yang organ, Small Intestine. It also has a connection with the Kidneys and the Liver. The element of the Heart is Fire.So if you get too much emotional stress, it could "put wood to the fire". Too much stress can raise blood pressure, cause insomnia and other numerous discomforts. So it is good to practice relaxation arts like: Yoga, Meditation, walking in the park, acupuncture can also evenly distribute body's energy and restore balance in the body and not only treat but also prevent future problems.
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Exercise less on Hot Summer days !Your Heart works harder due to heat and moisture. Best time to exercise outdoors in the Summer is before 11:30am and after 4pm. It is less humid and hot. So the system is under less stress. When I see joggers on NYC sidewalks at 2-3pm, I wonder "what are they thinking ?". Also, it is best to be on the beach at above hours. Other times, the Sun drains you and wipes you out. Seasons change and so should your habits.If you liked the article, please share it or like it or pass it onto a friend.
Be Well,Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac(NCCAOM)Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC
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