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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.