Yin Organs : Spleen | Yang Organs : Stomach | Colours : yellow | Odour : fragrant | Emotions : Worry/Pensiveness
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The season of Late Summer has been with us a few weeks now after a very hot summer. Sweet mellow late summer has golden fields and slightly yellowing leaves now, some more advanced and beginning to fall. Fruit trees are full of sweet fruit of every kind and this year the elder is bowed down with full hanging elderberries, full of juice just like the rose hip bushes. Conkers are ripening and there is a humidity in the air so common at this time of year, feeling a bit warm and sticky.
The sweetness of Late summer can be reflected back to our appetites being satiated by all the fruit that nature has in abundance at this time of year. Earth is associated with the sweet taste. What a fruitful time in every sense of the word. Our own harvests are being gently reaped as we come to the end of summer and the endeavours of the seeds planted last Spring begin to come clear or not to us.
In the 5 Element system of Acupuncture, Late Summer is the time of Earth and is connected to the spleen and the stomach. These organs are essential to the digestion and assimilation and the consequent distribution of energy to every cell and organ in the body.
The mother is our source of nurture and nourishment and the baby deprived without with these being received and given. Digestive problems can occur from many different sources and late summer might be a time when they become more apparent.
The body, mind and spirit has different responses to the neglect of the Earth element within the human being.
There could be an aversion to the sweet taste or an over concentration on it. Lack of connection to others may be a sign that the Earth element needs attention and balance.
Symptoms such as neediness, obsessions and anxieties can come from the earth element and require attention before they become deeper symptoms.
There can be a sense of no earth due to lack of roots that earth requires to establish itself in the human being.
Whatever symptoms occur at this time of year can often be traced to imbalance in the stomach and spleen at some level, body, mind or spirit.
5 Element Acupuncture can bring balance and harmony back to the body and we get to feel good in the process.
Enjoy this wonderful Season.
After a long winter and a cold spring, Summer has come in with so much lushness and abundance. There was an explosion of so many trees and flowers bursting into such greenness and beautiful smells. I don’t think I have ever witnessed the hawthorn as beautiful as it has been this summer and its scent.
The scents of everything have been overwhelming and the pollen count has been the highest it has been for many, many years.
Unfortunately that has meant the high occurrence of hay fever and people really do suffer. I myself have had unusual sneezing fits near grassy areas.
Acupuncture always helps at this time of year.
Summer is the season of joy. Sunny days, relaxing in the sun when possible and thoughts of holidays after busy days at work. There are long days and short nights. Its a wonder to witness how early the dawn breaks.
Summer is not everyone’s favourite season. It can highlight the flip side of joy and can be a sad time when there are problems of circulation, not only in a physical sense but socially, mentally, and spiritually. We are body, mind and spirit and it is the balance between all of ourselves that creates peace.
Summer is focussed outwards and that can be a challenge or it can take us too far outside of ourselves that we feel imbalanced. Summer can be a time to get a seasonal check up as it can be ungrounding and can lead to excesses that harm the body, mind and spirit.
Nature is a constant reminder that everything has a season and we can appreciate and bring our seeds to fruition with the energy of the sun and the beauty that surrounds us at this time of year.
As we enter the week of April 16 2018 the warmer weather is just arriving. It has been a long winter compared to those of 2010 and 1963 so we are ready.
There have been signs of Spring for awhile but the cold weather has held it back so we still have early Spring flowers and catkins on the trees and many trees are just beginning to bud. In some more sheltered places the blackthorn and cherry blossom are showing and daffodils are out. This year the daffodils have been splendid and alongside now the gorse is blossoming which represents hope for our coming year.
The sap has been rising slowly and so liver and gall bladder symptoms have not been as prominent, symptoms such as digestive changes, Hay fever, heightened sensitivities to stimulants, and perhaps a little more irritation than usual are common at the Spring time.
However, as the Spring now comes in at full speed in the coming weeks you may need some extra care as everything will blossom all at once because of how far we are into the Season with Summer around the corner.
I am sure it will be splendid and we all will enjoy this long awaited time. I am looking forward to the bluebells.
In 5 element acupuncture the organs associated with the Spring are the liver and gall bladder. The liver at this time of year needs some gentle care. Nettle tea and milk thistle are helpful together with constitutional treatment with can balance the system if it is a difficult transition for you personally. If we are healthy and in balance within ourselves we can manage the Spring transition easily. If we have particular recurring symptoms that exacerbate at this time of year then it might be wise to get some help.
The liver in 5 element acupuncture is responsible for vision. It is now that we can make plans and sew the seeds for this coming year so that we are moving along our path in an aligned and enlightened way. The gall bladder is out decision maker. Making good decisions, taking as much as we can into account and discriminating is an important process in the life of every human being. This is the time to make our good decisions so that we can take the next step in our own individual lives.
Each winter has its own special unique characteristics and each individual has their own experience of that particular winter.
Such is the magnificence of both the natural world and the world of each human being on this planet.
This winter has been harsh in as much as it has brought snows and bitter cold to many parts of the UK. With this there have been many colds, flu and chest complaints.
This is the clearing out on a grand scale which fits in with astrological forecasts for this coming year.
The land is also killing off all the unwanted viruses and germs of the previous years that were not cleared out because of too mild winters. Its a clearing of the way for the new to come by that I mean the Spring.
The inward turning of nature and our human nature is necessary for us to replenish, rejuvenate and re-emerge to our new self and our new year.
The journey of this winter has been profound in nature and in ourself. We know the phrase “ the winter of discontent” in a way this has been it and it can only lead to the brighter, future of the new Spring that comes with more optimism and the hope for a brighter future.
Already the signs are there, the catkins on the trees, the snow drops looking so beautiful with their pure white flowers showing the purity of the bare ness of nature and how winter emphasises that quality. Yes we are all one at the deepest place within the myriad of complexities and varieties of both nature and the human being.
In 5 Element Acupuncture the 2 organs which need extra care in the winter are the kidneys and the bladder. Our kidneys represent the seat of our sexuality and require plenty of water for lubrication of all the systems of the body, mind and spirit.
The bladder requires reserves and when is there a better time than the winter to build those reserves, thus preparing us for the new energies of Spring and the new life coming to us and to our environment that we have yet to experience.
Enjoy the gifts of this winter and use the benefits of intuitive acupuncture to balance the winter within you.
2nd October 2017
So the nights are drawing in and Autumn is here with its mists and spicy smells and of course the beautiful colours of leaves turning and falling. How wonderful to brush through the papery leaves feeling like a child again!
Its still fun! Stillness pervades nature as all that was growing is being harvested and once again we are nourished by the maturing of the seeds planted back in the Spring. How is your harvest going?
What seeds have you planted this year and are you benefitting from their maturation?The stillness of nature in Autumnal nature is offset by the winds of change and as we have seen there have been stronger hurricanes in the areas of the world that generally get them.
Autumn came earlier this year and we are now well into the season. We maybe wanting different foods, warmer foods and spices as our rhythms are affected by the changing of the seasons. Perhaps like me this is one of your favourite seasons? If so make the most of it and go out and experience nature in all her seasonal glories. For me personally, I start to eat more curry and also I love making warm, root vegetable soups.
Perhaps you become more melancholic as the season taps us into our losses and corresponding feelings ?
Autumn in Chinese Medicine is the season connected to the 2 organs lungs and colon. It maybe time for some clearing out in preparation for the coming winter? Its a good time to release and let go of the clutter and the past, all that no longer serves you now and this can happen on a body, mind and spirit level as we are all connected.
At this time, as our planet is evolving at a faster rate and we are all more in tune with each other it is even more important to release all that is no longer appropriate in our lives.
Sometimes our physical organs can get stuck and need a little help, particularly if they are sensitive and we are familiar with our own individual needs. For me its a sensitivity in the lungs and also I need more attention for my bowels so that they work easily and efficiently. Theres nothing worse than getting clogged up mentally, emotionally and physically. I always have an acupuncture treatment and that sets me up for the Autumnal seasonal change.
It could manifest in any area of our life where we feel stuck for whatever reason and this can easily be put right with some Intuitive Acupuncture.
The coolness of the air inspires busyness and it generally is a work orientated time of year. Be willing to let some rest and recreation in by breathing deeply and exercising and making sure you are getting sufficient sleep.
Our bodies love rhythm and respond very well and work better. What rhythm does your body like? What are your particular sensitivities? We all are made up with the same bones, organs, physical, mental, emotional, and spirit bodies but how is your individual being put together? and what do you need to take extra care of in Autumn?
By doing so we are more prepared for winter which emphasises the kidneys and the bladder.
Our lungs which connect us to our breath, the most precious element of our life also connect us to our spirits and the higher realms. Allow all that is for your highest good in and release all that is not out.
3rd August 2017
The season has moved on and I expect everyone is feeling some changes in themselves as we move into Late Summer. Its been quite a dramatic change in temperature and the feel of the season.
Gone is the height of peak summer and now we are in a maturing, earthy time where there is a mellowness in the land. If you look at the fields they are golden yellow, yellow is the colour of Late Summer.
There is still warmth in the sun but not the intensity of summer and the days are beginning noticeably to get shorter.
The Late Summer is associated with the 2 organs, the stomach and spleen which are concerned with digestion and the transportation of energies to all the functions of the body, mind and spirit.
Earth is the association and that means the very foundations of our nurturing on all levels of the human being. The earth is our mother and of course there is the physical mother, the woman we came to
the earth through. Everything to do with food, love, emotion, psychological development, spiritual connection comes through the earth.
Once we are in the season of Late Summer, these aspects will be highlighted according to our own constitutional individual make up. We usually are made aware by signs in the body, mind and spirit which
draw our attention to aspects of the Earth within us that require support and balance.
Signs such as digestive disturbances, obsessiveness, headaches, elimination problems, breathing difficulties, nausea, overeating or not eating enough, and more….
These are signals coming from the earth element within us that is asking for help.
Earth people in the Traditional Five Element system, tend to be sympathetic, comforting and comfortable, nurturing or the exact opposite. Some Earth people I know have very comfortable homes and offices.
They make sure that all their comforts are attended to which includes anyone who comes into their environment.
However, what about the mother who is not nurturing, does not know what empathy or sympathy are, cannot respond and who does not know about nutrition and food?
The effects of this would have life lasting effects on any children born into this world. There is no earth. The ground under their feet is unstable, and growth is hampered not only on the physical level but also emotionally,
mentally and psychologically.
Earth is associated with the taste sweet. If there is no sweetness in the basic foundation of your body, mind and spirit, then there is a search and a thirst for sweetness as opposed the balance of all the flavours
in a balanced diet. How is your sweet tooth? Is it out of control? Is it responsible for piling on the pounds? Sugar in its refined form causes absolute havoc in todays diet. It is hidden in so many foods and we
do not all realise the implications of the devastating effects it has and the chronic diseases that are caused by it.
White refined sugar is responsible for many forms of diabetes and so much can be avoided with the right sugars and in a balanced way. However, todays marketing is persuasive to the unknowing and many
people are eating perhaps what they think is healthy, but in fact is not.
The maturing process is taking place in nature and also we go through our maturing development. Sometimes we will meet people who seem never have been able to mature out of their teenage years.
The egocentricity and the world revolves around me attitude has a place in the evolution of a human being. When it does not change and mature and remains in the adult serious problems occur in relationship, decisions ands choices made. This can also lead to problems in the stomach and spleen.
The earth on which all human beings live, supports and nourishes us through everything it provides, which it does abundantly and generously is to be respected and appreciated just as our earthly mother has given us so
much however wonderfully or poorly.
Traditional Five Element Acupuncture can support and nourish the earth so that all the other organs and functions work in balance and harmony is restored.
30th May 2017
Summer is the season that belongs to the fire element and fire is what brings warmth, light and love also courage. In 5 Element Acupuncture, it is associated with the organs heart, small intestines, circulation sex also known as pericardium and triple heater. These 2 organs and 2 functions govern the aspects of the fire element in the body, mind and spirit.
We are currently in the season of summer and its wonderful to be in the abundance of nature with everything blooming and full of colour, smell and all the joyous sounds of summer amidst exuberant fun and play. These are the positive aspects of the fire element when it can take part and enjoy with all the benefits that come from community and social interaction.
However, what happens when this is not happening for whatever reason in a balanced way? For some people, Summer is not the joyous time it naturally is, it is a lonely and sad time. This condition is pointing to an imbalance in the fire element and with the right approach this can be harmonised energetically with intuitive acupuncture using the 5 element system.
Joy is the emotion associated with the fire element and our hearts connect us to joy in a direct way on a body, mind and spirit level. When the heart is cut off for any reason it does not feel joy. Again both the pericardium and heart work together, the pericardium protecting it and the heart doing its job and being protected at the same time.
Both this organ and this function can be affected by events on any level and cease to function in a balanced and harmonious way. This stops energy flowing in a natural way and the person will experience a direct effect of an imbalance in the expression of joy within the polarities from extreme sadness and hysterical laughter and all that lies in-between.
Intuitive acupuncture based on the traditional 5 element system can identify the cause of this and treat energetically to restore balace and harmony within the system. How wonderful that would be for the sufferer of this particular condition.
I have focused on one aspect of the fire element, the emotion of joy in relation to the heart and the pericardium as it is one that we can identify with easily. Another aspect of the pericardium is its work in maintaining balance in the circulatory systems of the body. If we can see this in a social context, relating to the above, how a person communicates to themselves is as important as how they communicate to the world around them. The connection needs to be real and authentic and this is the combined job of the heart protector and the pericardium together. Communication is key and this works as long as they are both working in a balaced and efficient way. If this is not the case, there are discrepancies between the inner and outer worlds and the person can become disassociated or cut off from either themselves or the world around them, their social group, family, and friends.
This can be treated once properly identified as coming from, as in this case, the fire element.
The long days and short nights of summer will emphasise any underlying imbalances in the fire element.
Only the person can assess to what degree they are limiting themselves and can receive the appropriate treatment from intuitive acupuncture as its power to reach all levels of the body, mind and spirit have stood the test of time for over 2,000 years with observation, practice and results.
The coming of Spring
21st February 2017
Yesterday I walked on the Heath. The air was tangible with the feeling of movement and energy. This feeling was the beginning of Spring and yesterday was the first day I felt it.
It was exciting an invigorating I felt like walking and as I walked I saw snowdrops and daffodil shoots not quite out. Some of the trees were showing the beginnings of opening buds. These were the trees that always show first so we get staggered blossoming, very clever as it gives us a longer show of beautiful blossom.
The air was warmer and people were out walking shaking off the cold days of the winter, wearing fewer layers of clothing. I could feel this change and it gave me hope as I saw the beautiful yellow flowers of the gorse bushes beginning to blossom giving out already their sweet smell.Gorse is the Bach Remedy for Hope.
This is given as emotional support for those in depression and feelings of hopelessness. Edward Bach was very clever and observant to have discovered that this beautiful flower which came out in Spring time could possess the properties that could when distilled support the emotion of hopelessness in the human being.
As the sap is rising in nature just now and we can see the visible signs in the forms of shoots and blossoms so it is rising in us, in the way we are feeling.
Yesterday despite challenges and anxieties, I felt the stirring and the excitement that comes from the first spring day.
This is the time when as we clear away the colds and viruses of winter the element of wood within us which is translated in terms of the physical, mental and spirit actions of the two organs associated with wood, the liver and the gall bladder are highlighted.
What does that mean for each one of us.
The liver perhaps needs a little attention. Traditionally this is the time for spring cleaning and cleansing liver teas. In the old days as the young nettles started to grow, they would be picked as they don’t sting at this stage and they would be steeped in boiling water and drunk as a cleansing tea. This would cleanse the blood which the liver is highly active in the process of. Perhaps we need support to help this along?
If emotional symptoms appear such as irritability, excessive anger, depression, lack of vision, hopelessness these indicate that the wood within the person needs support. One way of giving that support is through 5 element acupuncture which is able to energetically support the liver by using moxa, a herb to stimulate the acupuncture point before using fine gage needles to stimulate creating energetic responses in the liver which in turn responds by balancing and dispelling the symptoms, resulting in feeling better and more hopeful about whats ahead.
Yesterday nature was heralding the beginning of growth and the new year ahead and all that it will entail for each one of us.How does that prospect feel for you?
Does the wood within you need some support?
Could you do with a seasonal 5 element acupuncture treatment?
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