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The Pericardium Meridian- Summer Energy

We’ve talked about three of the energy pathways most active in summer, the fire element. The fourth pathway or organ meridian is Pericardium. Though the pericardium (the sack around the heart) is not considered an organ in western medicine, it has an important role in Chinese Medicine. The Pericardium Meridian protects the heart both physically and energetically “from damage and disruption by excessive emotions from other organs and external sources. In the Chinese system of health, extreme emotional outbursts are seen as powerful disruptors of balance and a major cause of disease.”

The Pericardium protects the heart from the emotions of anger

…from the liver, grief from the lungs and fear from the kidneys. Without the Pericardium, the heart could be damaged from strong emotional fluctuations throughout the day.

The Pericardium is paired with the Triple Warmer Meridian. It’s peak hours of activity are 7-9pm and it helps regulate the flow of blood in the major blood vessels around the heart.

The function of the Pericardium is also psychological, it rules our relationships and the emotional issues surrounding them. Pericardium energy is associated with the loving feelings related to sex. It connects the sexual energy of the kidneys with the loving feelings generated by the heart.

Some signs of Pericardium imbalance are chronic damaging relationship patterns, guarded behavior, relationship fears and inappropriate intimacy or fear of intimacy.

Tips for Optimum Health during Summer

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The season of summer is one of maximum energy and heat. It is represented by the fire element. Nature is in full bloom as the energy moves outward. It is also a time for us to be more outgoing and enjoy being with friends and spending time outdoors.

The fire element rules the heart, mind, and spirit. In Chinese Medicine, the heart is associated with mental activity, memory, emotional well-being, and thought processes. The emotion associated with the fire element is joy. This is a time to relax and enjoy the warm weather.

Some symptoms of imbalance in the fire element are agitationheartburn, insomnia, and nervousness.

Tips for staying healthy in summer:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Awaken earlier in the morning
  • Go to bed later in the evening
  • Rest at midday
  • eat light, cooling foods

Some foods that help the body stay cool are

  • watermelon
  • apricot
  • lemon
  • asparagus
  • sprouts
  • cucumber
  • spinach
  • snow peas
  • mint

The Energies of Summer – Triple Burner Meridian

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There are four energy pathways associated with the summer season. I’ve spoken in detail of the Heart Meridian and the Small Intestine Meridian. Today I want to discuss the Triple Warmer Meridian.

The Triple Warmer or Triple Burner Meridian is a concept unique to Chinese Medicine. There is no corresponding organ related to this in western medicine. This meridian has to do with the body’s temperature and includes three areas: the upper, middle and lower burner.

The upper burner is associated with the heart and lungs and is located above the diaphragm;
the middle burner includes the area below the diaphragm to the belly button. The organs associated are the spleen and stomach.
The lower burner is located below the belly button. The organs associated are liver, kidneys, large intestine, small intestine, and bladder.

The function of the Triple Warmer…

is to provide the energy or fire to transport the fluids, blood, and food which pass through each area. In The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, the functions of the three burners was described this way, “The upper burner acts like a mist. The middle burner acts like foam. The lower burner acts like a swamp.”

The way the energy is dispersed in the upper burner, the heart, and lungs, is compared to a mist. Think of the tender tissues of the lungs and the importance of keeping the heart and lungs hydrated for smooth functioning. In the middle burner, the function is digestion. The foam represents the digestive churning. The lower burner separates the pure from the impure and excretes the waste like a swamp breaking down plant matter.

“The triple burner is the controller of the entire circulation of body fluid” (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine) Some symptoms of Triple Warmer dysfunction are edema (retention of fluid in the tissues) or difficulty urinating, abdominal distention, tinnitus, pain in the throat, eyes, the shoulder and upper arm.

The Energies of Summer – Small Intestine

During summer, the time of the fire element, there are 4 meridians that are active inside our bodies instead of two. We’ve already spoken of Heart Meridian, there is also Small Intestine Meridian, Pericardium Meridian, and Triple Warmer Meridian.

Today I want to discuss the partner of heart, Small Intestine Meridian. The small intestine is most active between 1pm and 3pm. Its role in digestion is to separate the pure from the impure, absorbing minerals and nutrients from ingested food.

The Small Intestine Meridian controls the reception, transformation, and separation of solids and fluids and it is very sensitive to cold. If we consume lots of cold, raw foods, we can create problems in Small Intestine. These problems or imbalances can manifest as abdominal pain, digestive problems and appetite problems (i.e. overeating or poor appetite).

The energy of Small Intestine plays both a physical role in digestion and a mental role. The mental role is to discriminate between clear thoughts and chaotic ones. Small Intestine Meridian along with the Heart Meridian helps us with discernment and clarity of judgment.

Some foods which support the Fire Element are:

  • Asparagus, celery, lettuce
  • Chocolate, coffee, wine
  • Pumpkin, ginseng, sunflower seeds, vinegar

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The Heart Meridian and Summer

Since the heart meridian is so important, I’d like to talk a little more about it before discussing the other summer meridians.

The warm weather of summer encourages us to be physically active outdoors.  It is a time to enjoy the weather and our friends.  Summer is a time for laughter, vacations, and fun. The heart meridian, which is most active in summer, is closely aligned to the mind and is considered the emotional center of the body.  This is not that that far-fetched for us.  We say someone who has difficulty hiding their emotions is “wearing their heart on their sleeve.”

In TCM the heart commands all the organs and tissues, houses the spirit and controls the emotions. When the heart is peaceful and strong it controls the emotions; “when it is weak and wavering, the emotions rebel and prey upon the heart-mind, which then loses its command over the body.”

Internally, the heart is functionally associated with the thymus gland which plays an important role in the immune system.  Extreme emotions such as anger and grief have a suppressive effect on the immune system by hindering thymus function.

The heart (fire energy) is also closely related to the kidney (water energy).  When the kidney gets depleted by excess work, exercise or sex it is unable to nourish the fire of the heart.  Symptoms of insomnia, heart palpations and anxiety may occur.

If the heart energy is scattered by too much physical activity, mental overstimulation or over-socializing, symptoms of insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, anxiety, palpitations, and aversion to heat may occur. The key is to find balance in all things work, rest and play.  Meditate, have fun, enjoy your life.

Some tips:

Red foods resonate with the heart: tomatoes, radishes, beets, red pepper, and watermelon are good choices for summer meals

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