Summer, the season of the Fire element!

FireThe five elements in Acupuncture are Earth, Water, Wood, Metal and Fire. Summer time is the season of Fire and abundance. While the sunshine is a beautiful thing, it is always good to stay in balance with all the elements. The best way to make sure our fire energy isn’t excess or deficient is to stay consistent with our acupuncture treatments.  

The fire element is associated with the following four acupuncture meridians; Heart, Pericardium, Small Intestine, and Triple Burner. Some symptoms that may arise if our fire energy is in excess is painful inflammation of joints or sinuses, infection, sore throat, anxiety or sleep issues. On the other hand, when our fire energy is deficient, we may experience chills, decreased circulation or slow digestion.

From the emotional viewpoint, the fire element is responsible for our joy and happiness that we often express through laughter and excitement. The fire element has a lot to do with our ability to be open and have healthy relationships and is directly correlated to unconditional love. Since we have longer days in the summer, it is important to fully engage in the opportunity to spend extra time with family and friends. The warmth and light that comes along with summer and the fire element is what gives us some extra energy and vitality. It is the perfect time to use this drive to create expansion in our lives. This could be directly related to our work or even personal projects that we want to work on. Creativity is in full impact during summer, so it’s a great occasion to try new things and express yourself.

The fire energy of summer has many positive aspects, but it is important to keep that energy in balance. That is why it is especially important to stabilize the fire energy with water, both literally and energetically. It is essential to drink plenty of water in the summer as well as eat foods that are congruent with the fire energy. Fire is associated with a bitter taste so foods like spinach, kale and escarole are good to include in your diet as well as fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and cucumber.

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