Fire Element - Heart (TCM)
You are fun and full of life! You have a great sense of humor and laugh easily. You are the life of the party. You are a wonderful public speaker and love conversation. You are optimistic and generous. You make friends easily. You have a special magnetism and charisma. You are a natural born salesperson.
Use Our Fire Element Acupressure Stick to Balance Emotional and Physical Issues Associated with Fire Element Imbalances!
Fire Element is all about love and joy.
Fire is of the summer, when the trees are full of fruit and plants are blossoming abundantly. In your life, the power of the Fire allows you to bring your work to fruition.
Out of Balance:
If the Fire Element is out of balance, or is blocked from fully expressing itself, you may lack the qualities above, or have lost them over time as the imbalance has grown more severe. Fun seeking becomes giddiness; humor becomes excitability, conversation becomes incoherent babble; generosity becomes selfishness; friendliness turns to flirtation; charisma becomes seduction; enthusiasm becomes grandiosity.
In Chinese medicine, as in reality, there is no way to separate the mind and the body. By treating the Heart, you correct emotional imbalances associated with the Fire Element; by addressing emotional issues associated with the Fire Element, you enhance the Heart. Physical and emotional symptoms that occur with a Fire Element Imbalance include:
- Laughing inappropriately
- Nervous giggling and talking
- Inability to love
- Lack emotional warmth
- Become sexually over-stimulated
- Crave mind altering substances
- Become emotionally hot-cold easily
- Heart disease
- Rapid or irregular heart beat
- Mouth sores
- Tongue sores
- Vivid or disturbing dreams
- Sense of dread
- Poor memory
- Pain along the associated meridians
Causes of Fire Element imbalances can include tremendous emotional sorrow or a sudden powerful emotional shock; emotional shock is well known for causing heart attacks or stroke. You will often read where joy can damage the Heart, but some argue that this refers to manic conditions where Phlegm-Fire has blocked the Heart Orifices; happiness does not damage the Heart.
The Fire Element is associated with summer and reflects the qualities of the outer world with the warmth and abundance that summer brings in the natural world. We have all had times in our lives when we were unable to bring a project or effort to its full potential. Summer is the time that crops ripen and are harvested; if we are unable to bring an effort to fruition, it is likely due to an insufficiency of Fire’s potential for fulfillment. This would be also be evident in an ever increasing accumulation of unfinished craft or building projects, works of art, or writings in a persons’ home or work environment.
Because of the Hearts’ enormous importance in our mental and physical wellbeing, it is the only Organ assigned with an Organ specifically empowered to protect the Heart; the Pericardium, or Heart Protector, works as a kind of doorway to the Heart that opens to allow love in, and closes to protect the Heart from emotional insults or shock. Someone who ‘takes things to heart’ and is impacted from every insult, intentional or unintentional, is likely to have an imbalanced Pericardium.
Shen is translated to "Sprit"; this often causes confusion as it is not the religious aspect of ‘spirit’ as commonly recognized in western culture. Rather, Shen can be thought of as the light that shines through us in a vibrant personality, twinkling eyes, clear expression of thought, and a healthy rosy complexion. The Heart "houses the mind" and enfolds the Spirit in Chinese medicine, and is entwined in the emotions of all Five Elements in TCM and can be likened to our enveloped life force.