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Find Balance For Your Summer Fire

Each season has its own element in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These elements coincide with various aspects of the season. Because summer’s the hottest of the season, its element is Fire.

 

Summer Fire
Just as people tend to be more active in the warmer weather, qi becomes more active and expansive when subjected to heat. Fire is energy and life, but too much is problematic. Because fire is summer’s element, it is most likely to invade qi during that season. When summer fire invades, people suffer from insomnia, headaches, and digestive problems. It can also cause heart problems if severe enough because fire is the ruling element for the Heart.

 

How to Maintain Balance
Balance is vital for good overall health. Certain things exacerbate heat and should be moderated if they become problems:

  • Excessive, ongoing stress
  • Negative emotions like anger
  • Rich, spicy foods

Regularly visiting a licensed acupuncturist can help regain and maintain health, but you can do things at home to stay healthy. For instance, meditation can help with stress and negative emotions. Balancing those rich foods with cool foods like watermelon, cucumber, and other fruits and veggies will help you maintain a healthier diet. To prevent dampness from settling in as a result of moderating heat, exercise regularly to keep your qi flowing freely.

 

Remember to take it easy when it’s especially hot out and to drink lots of water. If you have existing health problems, make sure to pay close attention to how you feel. If you feel like you need a rest, take a rest. Listen to your body. The Fire element is important to a healthy and happy life, but it must be kept in balance.

Each season has its own element in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These elements coincide with various aspects of the season. Because summer’s the hottest of the season, its element is Fire.

Summer Fire
Just as people tend to be more active in the warmer weather, qi becomes more active and expansive when subjected to heat. Fire is energy and life, but too much is problematic. Because fire is summer’s element, it is most likely to invade qi during that season. When summer fire invades, people suffer from insomnia, headaches, and digestive problems. It can also cause heart problems if severe enough because fire is the ruling element for the Heart.

How to Maintain Balance
Balance is vital for good overall health. Certain things exacerbate heat and should be moderated if they become problems:

  • Excessive, ongoing stress
  • Negative emotions like anger
  • Rich, spicy foods

Regularly visiting a licensed acupuncturist can help regain and maintain health, but you can do things at home to stay healthy. For instance, meditation can help with stress and negative emotions. Balancing those rich foods with cool foods like watermelon, cucumber, and other fruits and veggies will help you maintain a healthier diet. To prevent dampness from settling in as a result of moderating heat, exercise regularly to keep your qi flowing freely.

Remember to take it easy when it’s especially hot out and to drink lots of water. If you have existing health problems, make sure to pay close attention to how you feel. If you feel like you need a rest, take a rest. Listen to your body. The Fire element is important to a healthy and happy life, but it must be kept in balance.

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