Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Heart organ is associated in Acupuncture with the Summer Season.


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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine associate HEART with the season of the Summer.

Heart organ functions in Acupuncture in many other ways than just pumping blood through our veins. Heart houses the Spirit (sleep). When one cannot sleep, your spirit wanders around. Our mental states deeply affect our heart health.

Heart dominates blood, blood vessels and facial complexion. If the face is too red or reddish, then most likely that person has possibly heart issues such as high blood pressure and their behavior of excess type (loud voice, sudden or restless movements, etc).  If the face is pale then that person is more on a weak side (weak voice or deliberate slow moves) and needs stronger blood supply to the heart. 

The 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

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 dominates 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 in the blood in the body, it will lead to pathological changes of heart-mind manifested by heart palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed by 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 physically 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, the 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, etc. Acupuncture can also evenly distribute body's energy and restore balance in the body and not only treat but also prevent future problems.  

acupuncture for allergiesTomatoes are great for the heart and the summer. They are cooling, full of antioxidants and benefits the heart and blood. Have some today! Exercise less on Hot Summer days. Your Heart works harder due to heat and moisture. Best time to exercise outdoors in Summer is before 11:30 am and after 4 pm. It is less humid and hot. So your system is under less stress. When I see joggers on NYC sidewalks in the summer at 1-3 pm, 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. Season change and so should your habits.

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Be well, 
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

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