EARTH ELEMENT IN NATURE
SEASON [LATE SUMMER]
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]
BODY TYPE [LARGE FEATURES, STRONG LEGS, ROBUST]
FACIAL AREAS [JAWLINE & UPPER LIP]
PERSONALITY TYPE [CALM, GENEROUS]
EMOTIONAL ADDICTION [to be in WANTED]
SPIRITUAL FEAR [to be LOST]
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
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
Pensivity & Overthinking
Co-dependency in Relationships
Inability to stop ruminating Thoughts
Daydreaming / Dreamer with little grounding
SUPPORTING YOUR EARTH
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.