Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hearts of Fire

We are now in the season of summer. My students and those who follow my articles know that each season is related to one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water. Fire is the element of summer. In addition to fire, two vital body organs (one Yin and one Yang), a planet energy, a direction and a number of other summer-related natural resources have been used by Taoist wellness practitioners for over 3000 years as part of a wellness treatment strategy given to those who seek their help.

South is the direction, the heart is the Yin organ, and the small intestine is the Yang vital organ associated with the summer season. The emotional temperaments associated with summer are love and joy on the positive side, and impatience and hate on the negative side. Hearts of fire is summer Yin. When in balance it can be a beautiful thing - but it can be explosive when imbalanced.

Emotional stress can greatly affect the heart in the summer. This, along with the fact that our blood vessels and vascular system are also very sensitive to summer energy, means that keeping cool should be a wellness strategy for both internal emotions as well as external comfort. The small intestine is the Yang organ associated with summer. We tend to eat and drink foods and liquids that can prove toxic to our digestive system if not controlled. If the intestines become too crowded with toxins the speed of digestion will be impaired.

A weak small intestine in the summer will create back pain, hemorrhoids, as well as hormonal and menstrual disorders in women. Many will experience breathing problems in the summer because of the relationship between an impaired small intestine (due to toxins) and the lungs and the lymphatic system. It is important to find natural ways to detoxify in the summer.

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A summer Chunsoo treatment at the Harlem Ki Energy Center will always focus on small intestine detoxification through massaging techniques that help the digestion process and opens emotional blockages. You can learn how to do this yourself at the Ki center, or with Taoist grand master Mantak Chia’s best selling book “Chi Nei Tsang: Internal Organs Chi Massage”.

The Harlem Ki Energy Center is located at 13 West 122nd Street. If you would like more information on Ki treatment and training call my office at 646 329-6727. You can also learn more about the Taoist approach to wellness by visiting my blog at

It is always best to be proactive. Make sure you pay attention to how the fire energy of summer, influenced by the planet energy of Mars, can work for you and not against you. Watch your emotions and your diet to keep the heart and small intestine in balance this summer.

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