Summertime in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Summertime in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is associated with the Heart and its Yang paired organ Small Intestine.
As a licensed acupuncturist in NYC, I often do my treatments according to master Tungs acupuncture seasonal point selections. Each season in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine corresponds to the specific organ that is connected to special acupuncture points in the five element system.
According to the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine theory of 5 elements, the color associated with the heart is RED.
Eating red colored foods is good for the heart even drinking red wine in moderation could be good for blood and Qi (energy) circulation. Watermelon is one of the best summer fruits for heart health in the summer. It has cooling properties and cools the heart through the small intestine, which is the Yang organ of the (Yin) Heart organ. The color red benefits the Heart and it tastes good. It reduces the heat and has a lot of minerals as well.
Food for the Summer: Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cherries, Salmon and just about anything red in color would do.
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.
Traditional Chinese Medicine tells us that the 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.
Summer is a great time to connect with nature as nature is the best healer. Chinese Acupuncture and Herbalists as well as Daoists always recommending getting in touch with nature and its laws.
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Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac. (NCCAOM)
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