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Earth Element: Lifestyle & Acupressure Guide


EARTH ELEMENT IN NATURE

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COLOR [YELLOW]
TASTE [SWEET]
ODOR [FRAGRANT]
SEASON [LATE SUMMER]
CLIMATE [DAMPNESS]
CARDINAL DIRECTION [CENTER]

 


EARTH ELEMENT IN OUR BODIES

  • ORGANS [SPLEEN & STOMACH]

  • SPIRIT [HOUSES THE 'YI'] - This spirit is housed in the Spleen, and contains our capacity for intellectual endeavors, discernment, forming intentions, and concentration.

  • SENSE ORGAN [MOUTH]

  • TISSUE [MUSCLES/FLESH]

  • SOUND/VOICE [SINGING]

  • BODY TYPE [LARGE FEATURES, STRONG LEGS, ROBUST]

  • COMPLEXION [YELLOW]

  • FACIAL AREAS [JAWLINE & UPPER LIP]

  • PERSONALITY TYPE [CALM, GENEROUS]

  • EMOTION [WORRY/PENSIVITY]

  • EMOTIONAL ADDICTION [to be in WANTED]

  • SPIRITUAL FEAR [to be LOST]

 
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HEALTHY EXPRESSION OF EARTH ELEMENT


The healthy function of the Earth element is reflected in the function of it's physiological/physiological counterparts. A healthy Earth element will be expressed as a robust and strong digestive system, able to assimilate nutrients efficiently without fatigue, and a surplus of overall energy as result. Earth types are  known for being nurturing and supportive types, however in a healthy expression there is awareness of self-care and limits in giving.

 

PATHOLOGICAL EXPRESSION OF EARTH ELEMENT

Physiological

Mental & Emotional

  • Diarrhea & Loose Stool

  • Eodema / Water Retention

  • Bruise Easily & Emaciated Muscles

  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Bloating or Excess Gas

  • Hemorrhoids or Organ Prolapse

  • Heartburn & Indigestion

  • Anemia / Blood Deficiency

  • Excess Hunger / Thirst

  • Fatigue & Low Energy

  • Cloudy Muddled Thinking

  • Worrying

  • Pensivity & Overthinking

  • Co-dependency in Relationships

  • Overwhelmingly Nurturing

  • Inability to stop ruminating Thoughts

  • Daydreaming / Dreamer with little grounding

 

SUPPORTING YOUR EARTH

Lifestyle

Diet

AVOID

  • COLD & UNCOOKED FOOD [Damages your digestive fire and impairs spleen function creating fatigue]

  • MUCUS/DAMP FORMING FOODS [Dairy Products, Processed Sugars, Eggs.]

  • ICE & ICED DRINKS [Same as above, dampens function of Spleen and digestion]

  • TOO MANY SWEET FOODS [A small amount of sweet in diet i.e. carbs, grains, oats, sugary foods, can by tonifying; while an excess amount can be depleting and cause sluggishness or obstruction].

  • OVEREATING [Try to eat Smaller Meals more frequently at consistent intervals/times]

EAT

  • GRAINS [Oats, RIce]

  • VEGETABLES [Shitake Mushroom, Pumpkin, Carrot, Potato, Squash, Sweet Potato, Yam ]

  • FRUIT & LEGUMES [Cherries, Date, Fig, Grape, Longan, Tofu]

  • OTHER [Liquorice, Molases, Honey]

  • WHOLE SWEET FOODS [eat whole and full sweet foods like sweet potato, steel cut oats etc in small amounts to tonify the spleen.]

  • EAT MORE SOUPS [This is a great option for a Earth friendly and supporting meal. Soups are easy to digest, very nutritious, help stoke and resuscitate a weak digestive fire]

TRY

  • SUPPORT SYSTEM [Worry damages the Spleen; finding ways to manage worry like a family/friends support system, Journal thoughts, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or help from a mental health practicioner.]

  • MINDFULNESS MEDITATION [Calms the Shen/and Mind, reduces stress]

  • CHEW YOUR FOOD THOROUGHLY [Manually digest to take the weight off of your Spleen/Digestive system]

  • QI GONG [Qi Gong Exercise for Clearing the Spleen - see Qi Gong]

  • ACUPRESSURE [Spleen9 - regulates the Spleen, 30 Seconds each side - see below]

AVOID

  • HARBORING WORRY [Do your best to reconcile your thoughts using methods mentioned above or other relevant self-care options; excessive worry and rumination harms the spleens function and can create issues.]

  • STRESS/TRAUMA [Create Habits of self care; Establish personal boundaries and limits; Avoid and manage chronic stress]

  • COLD TEMPERATURES [Make sure to insulate appropriately, ingesting cold food and beverages and exposure to cold can both damage the Spleen.]

  • DAMP AREAS [Make sure to dry off properly after showers or swimming, this as well as eating mucus forming foods can lead to dampness and obstruction.]


ACUPRESSURE  FOR EARTH ELEMENT [SP.09]

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  • Treatment: Spleen6 | San Yin Jiao | Three Yin Intersection - This is an important and popular point for many treatments; as the Liver, Kidney and Spleen meridians traverse this acupuncture point. It helps tonify and regulate the Spleen, regulate water and dampness etc.

  • Locate Point: To locate this point simply place your fingers on your inner ankle just above the ankle bone; at the top of your four fingers on the inside of the shin bone; palpate this area to find the point that feels most tender; this is - Spleen6 | San Yin Jiao | Three Yin Intersection.

  • Acupressure: Once located, press the thumb of your opposite hand into the point. Pressing this point, applying more pressure gradually, and start kneading in a clockwise motion.

  • Duration: Knead point on both sides for about 30 seconds each, repeat once-twice daily.