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Water Element: Lifestyle & Acupressure Guide


WATER ELEMENT IN NATURE

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COLOR [BLACK/BLUE]
TASTE [SALTY]
ODOR [PUTRID]
SEASON [WINTER]
CLIMATE [COLD]
CARDINAL DIRECTION [NORTH]

 


WATER ELEMENT IN OUR BODIES

  • ORGANS [KIDNEY & URINARY BLADDER]

  • SPIRIT [HOUSES THE 'ZHI'] - This spirit is housed in the Kidney, and contains our capacity to execute our Will.

  • SENSE ORGAN [EARS]

  • SOUND/VOICE [GROANING]

  • BODY TYPE [ROUND FEATURES, STRONG DIGESTIONS]

  • FACIAL AREAS [JAWLINE & UPPER LIP]

  • PERSONALITY TYPE [LOYAL, ENJOY MOVEMENT]

  • EMOTION [FEAR]

  • EMOTIONAL ADDICTION
    [to be PROTECTED]

  • EMOTIONAL FEAR [to be NONEXISTANT]

 
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HEALTHY EXPRESSION OF WATER ELEMENT


A healthy expression of Water in the body is an emotional outlook that is easy going, free moving, and always choosing a course of least resistance. The spirit of the Kidney/Water is the 'Zhi' Responsible for carrying out the intentions of the Yi (Spleen Spirit of Intellect) and the dreams of the Hun (Ehtereal Soul of the Liver), and the assessments of the Po (Animal Spirit of our body and the Lung). Water types are wise and as deep as the oceans, they relish in alone time, winters where they can re-cooperate. Water Types physically appear more round in shape.

 

PATHOLOGICAL EXPRESSION OF WATER ELEMENT

Physiological

Mental & Emotional

  • Low Back Pain & Knee Pain

  • Sexual Function: Impotence, Low Libido

  • Hearing Issues

  • Tinnitus (low pitched ringing)

  • Developmental Issues

  • Incontinence

  • Spontaneous Sweating

  • Hot Flashes / Night Sweats

  • Feelings of Fear

  • 'Flight or Fight' Mode

  • Developmental Issues

  • Weak Willed/Spirited

  • Poor Memory

 

SUPPORTING THE WATER ELEMENT

Lifestyle

Diet

AVOID

  • STIMULANTS [limit or eliminate Alcohol, Coffee, Cigarette intake]

  • HORMONES IN MEATS [Excess Hormones can disrupt Liver Function]

  • TOO MANY RICH FOODS [Overly rich robust fatty / sugary foods]

EAT

  • GRAINS [Buckwheat, Rice]

  • VEGETABLES [Aduki, Black, Kidney, Pinto Beans; Black Sesame; Kale; Mushroom; Seaweed; Water Chestnut]

  • FRUIT & LEGUMES [Walnut; Mulberry, Pomegranate, Black Raspberry, Watermelon]

  • SPICES [Cinnamon, Clove, Fenugreek, Anise]

TRY

  • RESTORE [Make time for self-care, and quiet introspective pastimes like meditation]

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

  • ACUPRESSURE [Kidney10 - Water Point of Water Chanel, He Sea - see below]

AVOID

  • EXPOSING THE LOWER BACK [Exposing the lower back and kidneys to elements like cold can harm our internal fire (mingmen)]

  • OVERWORKING [Burning the Candle at both ends stokes our internal fire too much; causing it to burn brighter, longer, and eventually become deficient. The Western Parallel to this would be Adrenal Fatigue.

  • HARBORING FEAR [Work with your health care practitioner, mental health professionals, and support community to confront fears and express the Fearless Wisdom of Water].


ACUPRESSURE  FOR WATER element [KD10]

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  • Treatment: KD10 | Yin Gu | Yin Valley - This is the Water Point of the Water Meridian, and tonifies the Element Water. Also a He Sea pt.

  • Locate Point: To locate this point simply place your thumb on the inner side of your knee joint; palpate until your thumb is between the two tendons (semitendinosis and semimembranosus) this is - KD10 | Yin Gu | Yin Valley.

  • 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.

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Metal Element: Lifestyle & Acupressure Guide


METAL ELEMENT IN NATURE

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COLOR [WHITE]
TASTE [SPICY]
ODOR [ROTTEN]
SEASON [FALL]
CLIMATE [DRYNESS]
CARDINAL DIRECTION [WEST]

 


METAL ELEMENT IN OUR BODIES

  • ORGANS [LUNG & LARGE INTESTINE]

  • SPIRIT [HOUSES THE 'PO'] - This least subtle of the spirits, the Po, is housed in the Lung. It's the part of the spirit that dies with our bodies, and expresses our more animal/immediate needs and dense desires.

  • SENSE ORGAN [NOSE]

  • SOUND/VOICE [CRYING]

  • BODY TYPE [TRIANGULAR FEATURES, STRONG VOICE]

  • COMPLEXION [YELLOW]

  • FACIAL AREAS [JAWLINE & UPPER LIP]

  • PERSONALITY [METICULOUS & POINTED]

  • EMOTION [GRIEF/SADNESS]

  • EMOTIONAL ADDICTION [to be in RIGHT]

  • EMOTIONAL FEAR [to be CORRUPT]

 
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HEALTHY EXPRESSION OF METAL ELEMENT


When the Metal Element is in harmony, their is a clear and strong ability to communicate and maintain boundaries. There is also a strong ability in letting go of pain, grief and sadness - an ability to 'roll with the punches'. In balance the Lung and Large intestine organs contribute to a healthy skin/complexion, abundant energy and strong respiratory function, immune function (known as wei qi), and healthy elimination/detox.

 

PATHOLOGICAL EXPRESSION OF METAL ELEMENT

Physiological

Mental & Emotional

  • Shortness of Breath, Cough, Phlegm

  • Sore Throat / Loss of Voice

  • Dry Cracked Lack Luster Skin / Complexion

  • Poor Immune Function & Autoimmune Disease

  • Fatigue

  • Constipation / IBS / Colitis

  • Inherited Conditions

  • Sadness

  • Grief

  • Issues Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

  • How we relate to Self and Other

  • Inability to 'Let Go' or move past Emotional Trauma

 

SUPPORTING THE METAL ELEMENT

Lifestyle

Diet

AVOID

  • STIMULANTS [limit or eliminate your Alcohol, Coffee, Cigarette intake]

  • MUCUS FORMING FOODS [Dairy Products, Processed Sugars]

  • PROCESSED FOODS [Contain chemicals which inhibit circulation and give the Lungs more to process]

EAT

  • GRAINS [Rice]

  • VEGETABLES [Navy Bean, Soy Bean, Almonds, Asparagus, Broccoli, Celery, Cucumber, Mustard Greens, Onion, Raddish, Garlic, Ginger, Horse Raddish, Cauliflower]

  • FRUIT & LEGUMES [Apricot, Banana, Pear]

  • WHITE FOODS [Eat first with your eyes, include some white on your plate to give your lungs/metal that extra boost.]

TRY

  • MANAGE GRIEF [If you're dealing with grief create and seek out support systems, to help reconcile feelings and heal]

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

  • BREATHING EXERCISES [see Pranayama]

  • ACUPRESSURE [Lung8 - Moves Lung Qi - see below]

AVOID

  • STRAINING VOICE [Overusing or straining your voice can harm your metal/lungs ability to function smoothly]

  • DRY CLIMATES [Dryness effects the Lungs/Metal, if you live in an apartment with heating or AC consider getting a humidifier]

  • HOLDING ON TO PAIN [Be kind to yourself and try to make amends with any painful memories or losses you have suffered]

ACUPRESSURE  FOR METAL element [LU.08]


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  • Treatment: Lung8 | Jing Chu | Channel Ditch is the Metal Point on the Lung Meridian, Tonifies Metal Element, Aids Breathing etc.

  • Locate Point: To locate this point simply place your thumb on the inner portion of your wrist line; just outside that thumbs distance from the wristline is the point - Lung8 | Jing Chu | Channel Ditch.

  • 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.

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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.

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Wood Element: Lifestyle & Acupressure Guide


WOOD ELEMENT IN NATURE

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COLOR [GREEN]
TASTE [SOUR]
ODOR [RANCID]
SEASON [SPRING]
CLIMATE [WINDY]
CARDINAL DIRECTION [EAST]

 


WOOD ELEMENT IN OUR BODIES

  • ORGANS [LIVER & GALLBLADDER]

  • SPIRIT [HOUSES THE 'HUN'] - Ethereal Soul which leaves our body at death; Organizes our Dreams, Responsible for our ability to live with Clarity, Vision, and purpose.

  • SENSE ORGAN [EYES]

  • TISSUE [LIGAMENTS & TENDONS]

  • SOUND/VOICE [SHOUTING]

  • BODY TYPE [TALL & SLENDER; STRONG BONES & JOINTS, STRONG EYEBROWS AND JAWLINE]

  • COMPLEXION [GREEN]

  • FACIAL AREAS [BETWEEN EYES]

  • PERSONALITY TYPE [DETERMINED]

  • EMOTION [ANGER]

  • EMOTIONAL ADDICTION [to be in EXCITED]

  • SPIRITUAL FEAR [to be HELPLESS]

 
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HEALTHY EXPRESSION OF WOOD ELEMENT


Expressed in our ability to make decisions, Initiate change, and express ourselves emotionally. The Wood element is also responsible for circulation (of qi - via Liver); Physical Development (governs Sinews and Ligaments; Emotional Development (Houses the spirit/soul 'Hun' - the part of our being that carries on after we die. Liver types are known for their tenacity, expressiveness, flexibility, and overall gumption.

 

PATHOLOGICAL EXPRESSION OF WOOD ELEMENT

Physiological

Mental & Emotional

  • Headaches & Migraines

  • Menstrual Issues & PMS

  • Vision, Dry Eyes, Floaters

  • Poor circulation

  • Muscle Spasms

  • Cold Hands & Feet

  • Tendonitis

  • Tinnitus (Ringing in Ear)

  • Sighing

  • Fatigue

  • Indecision

  • Depression

  • Feeling Frustrated Regularly

  • Lack of Motivation / Initiative

  • Angry Outbursts

  • Daydreaming / Dreamer with little grounding

 

SUPPORTING YOUR WOOD ELEMENT

Lifestyle

Diet

AVOID

  • STIMULANTS [limit or eliminateyour Alcohol, Coffee, Cigarette intake]

  • HORMONES IN MEATS [Excess Hormones can disrupt Liver Function]

  • MUCUS FORMING FOODS [Dairy Products, Processed Sugars]

  • TOO MANY RICH FOODS [Overly rich robust fatty / sugary foods]

  • PROCESSED FOODS [Contain chemicals which inhibit cirulation]

  • OVEREATING [Try to eat Smaller Meals more frequently]

  • LATE NIGHT EATING [At night your blood goes to the Liver to be cleaned, avoid overloading it with meals during this time]

EAT

  • GRAINS [Rye, Quinoa]

  • VEGETABLES [Onion Family, Mustard Greens, Romaine Lettuce, Arugula, Green Lentil, Mung Bean, Lima Bean, Green Bell Pepper, Green peas, Zucchini, String Beam, ]

  • FRUIT & LEGUMES [Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Avocado, Plum, Brazil and Cashew Nut]

  • SPICE [Bay Leaf, Basil, Cumin, Fennel, Mint, Dendelion]

  • SOUR FOODS [a little sour can clear stagnant liver qi and increase circulation, too much sour can cause issues in vision]

TRY

  • SUPPORT SYSTEM [The Liver's Qi is easily harmed by emotions like stress, anger and frustration. Create network of people who are supportive that you can confide in when upset or give free-thought journaling a try.]

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

  • REGULAR EXERCISE [Improves circulation of Liver Qi & Blood, aim to do exercise at least 3x week]

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

  • ACUPRESSURE [Liver3 - Moves stagnant Liver Qi, Shu Stream, 30 Seconds each side - see below]

AVOID

  • HARBORING ANGER [The liver is directly affected by holding unprocessed feelings of anger. Don't "take the poison expecting the other person to die"; anger is a poison to our being, do not hold on to it, finding supportive friends or other outlets like journaling can help 'move' that Anger and the Liver Qi once it has stagnated.

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

  • INFLEXIBILITY [The wood Element and Liver likes to feel free, that it has options that is upward rooted]


ACUPRESSURE  FOR WOOD ELEMENT [LV.03]

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  • Treatment: Acupuncture Point Liver3 | Tai Chong | Supreme Surge - This point is indicated for a Liver Qi stagnation, but can also be used for other issues.

  • Locate Point: To locate this point simply place your index finger or thumb on the top of the foot; find the groove between the big toe and second toe, palpate to find the point that feels most tender; this is - Liver3 | Tai Chong | Supreme Surge.

  • 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.

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Fire Element: Lifestyle & Acupressure Guide


Fire Element in Nature

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COLOR [RED]
TASTE [BITTER]
ODOR [SCORCHED]
SEASON [SUMMER]
CLIMATE [HOT]
CARDINAL DIRECTION [SOUTH]

 


FIRE ELEMENT IN OUR BODIES

  • ORGANS [HEART & PERICARDIUM] - As well as the yang organs Small Intestine & Triple Heater.

  • SPIRIT [HOUSES THE 'SHEN'] - Consciousness Or the Mind.

  • SENSE ORGAN [TONGUE]

  • TISSUE [BLOOD VESSELS]

  • SOUND/VOICE [LAUGHTER/RISING-FALLING]

  • BODY TYPE [POINTED FEATURES, SMALL HANDS]

  • COMPLEXION [FLUSH] - complexion can reflect health or be symptomatic.

  • FACIAL AREAS [NOSE, CHEEKBONES, TONGUE TIP] - Also the Upper Lip - Small Intestine.

  • PERSONALITY TYPE [QUICK, ENERGETIC]

  • EMOTION [JOY]

  • EMOTIONAL ADDICTION [to be in LOVE]

  • SPIRITUAL FEAR [ISOLATION/Loneliness]

 
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HEALTHY EXPRESSION OF FIRE ELEMENT


Expressed in our experience of Joy. Those who harbor enthusiasm and passion, while maintaining a tranquil & peaceful mind. Their complexion is radiant and rosy, their faces expressive, their eyes clear and beaming showing an attentive Shen (mind). Charismatic, Outward, expansive. Two classically listed physical characteristics belonging to the Fire Element are small hands, and pronounced or especially pointy facial features.

 

PATHOLOGICAL EXPRESSION OF FIRE ELEMENT

Physiological

Mental & Emotional

  • Palpitations & Chest Pain

  • Poor Circulation / Complexion

  • Spontaneous Sweating - especially palms and soles of feet

  • Autoimmune Disorders (Triple Heater)

  • Posture: Shoulders Rolled Forward (Protecting Heart)

  • Tongue: Especially Pointy, Red Tip

  • Nose: Cleft in Nose Cartilage

  • Feelings of Gloom or Anxiety

  • Restlessness, Mania, Excessive Laughing

  • Mental & Physical Fatigue - "burnt out"

  • Overactive, Listless, Poor Concentration

  • Poor Long Term Memory

  • Aphasia & Difficulty Speaking (Pericardium)

  • Ability to Discern (Small Intestine)

  • Problems Maintaining Boundaries (Pericardium)

 

Supporting your fire

lifestyle

Diet

AVOID

  • STIMULANTS [limit your Alcohol and Coffee intake]

  • THERMAL DRINKS [Stoking Hot Beverages]

  • COLD DRINKS/FOODS [Harm Fire & Digestive Function]

  • EXCESS SPICES [Use Sparingly, can scatter the Mind]

  • MUCUS FORMING FOODS [Dairy Products, Processed Sugars]

  • TOO MANY RICH FOODS [Overly rich robust fatty / sugary foods]

EAT

  • GRAINS [Maize, Popcorn, Amaranth, Quinoa]

  • VEGETABLES [Asparagus, Brussel Sprouts, Chives, Endive, Okra, Scallion]

  • FRUIT [Apricot, Guava, Strawberry, Persimmon, Peach, Cherry]

  • SPICE [Chillis and Any Curry]

  • NEUTRAL & WARMING FOODS [Aim to eat a meal that is warmed]

  • BITTER FOODS [a little bitter can clear excess fire or increase circulation, too much bitter can impair sexual function and disturb the heart.

TRY

  • BE MINDFUL OF INTERNAL DIALOGUES [Take note of harmful self talk, and depressive thoughts as they arise]

  • MINDFULNESS MEDITATION [Help Calm and Center the Shen/Mind]

  • REGULAR EXERCISE [Warms our fire and our bodies, aim to do exercise at least 3x week]

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

  • ACUPRESSURE [Ht8 - Ht Qi, Ying Spring, 30 Seconds each side - see below]

AVOID

  • SCATTERED MIND [Limit activities that scatter your mind, such as Cell Phone use]

  • OVERWORKING [Mentally & Physically]

  • STRESS/TRAUMA [Create Boundaries & Respect Your Limits]

  • TEMPERATE REGIONS [Avoid both extreme Cold or Heat, Dress appropriately and limit sun exposure]

  • EXCESSIVE SWEATING [Avoid activity that induces excessive sweating; sweat is the hearts fluid and losing too much can be depleting.


ACUPRESSURE  FOR FIRE ELEMENT [HT.08]

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  • Treatment: Heart8 | Shao Fu | Lesser Mansion. - This point is indicated for a heart Qi deficiency, but can also be used to clear Heart heat.

  • Locate Point: To locate this point simply curl your pinky finger in, where it lands is - Heart8 | Shao Fu | Lesser Mansion.

  • 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.