Summertime, summertime: New meridians are in season

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The location of the acupuncture points for these meridians is on the hands and arms; as always these meridians connect with the others and tune- ups are important.

June has arrived and that means summer is in full swing in Florida.

In Oriental Medicine, summer governs the Heart and Small Intestine Meridians with the Triple Warmer and Pericardium Meridians.  Four meridians for summer, while the other seasons govern only two meridians, this makes the summer tune-up even more important.

  • The Heart Meridian works with the blood vessels and moves the blood through them.  An imbalance can lead to the experiences including: insomnia, palpations, nightmares, skipping pulse, pain in the tongue, feverish feelings and restlessness.
  • The Small Intestine Meridian works with elimination.
  • The Pericardium Meridian, the heart protector, along with the Triple Warmer Meridian, referred to as San Jiao, are not organs, they are meridians. This can sometimes get lost in translation and confusing, but these meridians are real in their effects on health and wellness.  The Pericardium protects the heart as it works with the emotions and most importantly it can help with hot flashes or the feeling of heat in the upper body.
  • The Triple Warmer (San Jiao) works with coordinating all the water functions in the body.  The descriptions are dated from the third century.  This meridian works with the three burners including: the lung area, on top; the stomach, which helps to churn food and the lower burner, working with elimination.  (Can you see why they called it a swamp area?)

The time of day for the Heart Meridian is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the Small Intestine from 1pm to 3 p.m. The Heart Protector Meridian work begins at 7 p.m. and runs to 9 p.m., with the Triple Warmer starting at 9pm ending at 11 p.m.

The location of the acupuncture points for these meridians is on the hands and arms; as always these meridians connect with the others and tune- ups are important.

Foods that support heath in this season are: asparagus, celery, chocolate, coffee, lettuce, vinegar, wine, ginseng, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.  These foods are bitter in nature and that is the flavor for the Heart and Small Intestine Meridian.

The name of my favorite acupuncture point is P-7, located on the inside of the wrist.  I use this Big Picture treatment for patients who are struggling with clarification or decision making.  This point is extremely helpful for these purposes – just ask me for it.  In Chinese Medicine this is called Daling, it clarifies the heart and calms the spirit.  P7 works with harmonizing the Stomach Meridian.

Point H7 works with eliminating insomnia and nightmares, palpations and loss of voice as well as many other problems. This point is located on the inside of the wrist near the little finger and is called Spirits Door or in Chinese, Shenmen.

TW5 or Outer Gate, Waiguan in Chinese, works with protecting the Wei Qi or defensive Qi. I use this if I feel a wind cold is affecting you. This one is located in the back of your arm just a few fingers up from your wrist.

A common point on the face near the ear is SI 19, Palace of Hearing or Tinggong.  Treatment in this area is used for earaches, tinnitus and hearing problems.

You can rub these points if you show any of the symptoms –it is your body – rub it. These meridians work with so many problems.  I include one of these meridians and acupuncture points in each treatment.