Welcoming Summer & Chinese Medicine
Whether you are aware of it or not, each season can have a profound influence upon our health and well-being. In Chinese medicine, summer is associated with the Fire element. Physically the Fire element is ruled by the heart and small intestine, mentally the mind and spirit, and emotionally our thought processes and emotional well-being.
During this time, our body undergoes vigorous metabolic processes (body energy), which means summer is a time of heat, outgoingness, and moving outward in nature and in our lives.
When the Fire element is balanced, the heart is strong and healthy, the mind is calm, sleep is peaceful and enthusiasm and warmth are experienced in our relationships. If it is imbalanced one may experience depression, restlessness, insomnia, poor circulation and relationship disharmony.
The best way to understand the fire element is to picture a bonfire at the center of a summer party. When it is warm, glowing and inviting, the Fire is in balance. You are drawn by its radiance and enjoy chatting and laughing with others gathered. This reflects the healthy virtues of the Fire element, which are communication, connection, joy, fun and love.
Now envision the bonfire as the glowing flames start to fade. The vibrant glow is now ash and grey. The energy of the party slows and the guests begin to feel cold and leave. This represents what happens when the fire element becomes depleted. Without the spark of the fire element, one can become flat, cold, anxious, depressed and lonely.
Now imagine the bonfire blazing out of control. As flames spill over and sparks begin to fly, people run away to protect themselves. This type of overwhelming Fire represents a person with an excessive fire element. A person may appear out of control, excessively seeking attention, laughing and talking loudly and inappropriately. While trying to make a connection, they usually end up scaring people away (like the over blazing fire).