In traditional Chinese culture, each season is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. For every one of these elements, there are specific characteristics which contribute to the change in climate, weather and more which affect our health.
In this entry, we’ll be exploring the Earth element and its purpose for the Chinese Zodiac and your health goals.
Which season is associated with Earth?
Late summer is typically associated with this particular element and is often referred as an “Indian Summer”.
Late summer to early autumn is considered the transitional period between the hot summer and the cool autumn. This season is characterised by a sense of grounding, stability, and abundance. The Earth element is closely related to the spleen and stomach organs, which are believed to govern digestion and nourishment. During the late summer, it is important to support and nourish the Earth element through proper nutrition, balanced lifestyle, and mindful practices. Embracing the Earth element’s qualities during this season can help promote harmony, balance, and overall well-being.
What meridians are associated with this Element?
Meridians and their association with the Earth element are essential in TCM theory for understanding the flow of energy and maintaining balance within the body.
- Spleen Meridian: The Spleen meridian is closely associated with the Earth element in TCM. It is responsible for the transformation and transportation of nutrients, as well as the regulation of digestion and the immune system.
- Stomach Meridian: The Stomach meridian is also associated with the Earth element. It plays a crucial role in the initial digestion of food and the distribution of energy throughout the body.
- Yin Wei Meridian: The Yin Wei meridian, one of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians in TCM, is linked to the Earth element. It governs the nourishment and balance of the body’s energy, emotions, and spirit.
- Yin Qiao Meridian: The Yin Qiao meridian, another of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians, is associated with the Earth element. It is responsible for the harmonisation of yin energy and the regulation of fluids in the body.
- Spleen and Stomach Divergent Meridians: In TCM, there are also Divergent Meridians associated with the Earth element. The Spleen and Stomach Divergent Meridians are responsible for maintaining the balance and integrity of the digestive system and its connection to the rest of the body.
Which mushrooms should I take this summer?
Shiitake: Bursting with umami goodness, shiitake mushrooms are perfect for summer grilling! Shiitake mushrooms offer various health benefits, as they are rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and bioactive compounds. They are a valuable addition to a balanced and nutritious diet,
TCM loves shiitake mushrooms may promote circulation and support heart health as well as boosting the immune system.
Maitake: Dancing through summer? Maitake’s adaptogenic magic helps keep your mood balanced, giving you the freedom to twirl under the sun.
Fuel up for summer adventures with cordyceps’ energy-boosting prowess! TCM enthusiasts adore their ability to enhance stamina and vitality.
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What can I do to benefit from the Earth element this Summer?
Some Chinese medicine practices that may be helpful for the earth element include:
- Nourishing Foods: Incorporate grounding and nourishing foods into your diet, such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and root vegetables. Establish regular meal times and avoid skipping meals. Consistency and routine in eating habits can help support the stability and balance associated with the Earth element. Support your digestion by staying hydrated, drinking warm or room temperature water, and consuming herbal teas that aid digestion, such as chamomile
- Mindful Eating: Practice mindful eating by savouring each bite, chewing slowly, and creating a calm and peaceful environment during meals.
- Grounding Practices: Engage in grounding activities like walking in nature, practicing tai chi or yoga, and connecting with the Earth to promote stability and a sense of rootedness.
- Emotional Balance: Foster emotional well-being by setting boundaries, practicing self-care, and cultivating stability in your daily routine, allowing yourself to feel grounded and secure. Establish a regular sleep routine and prioritise quality sleep. Create a soothing bedtime ritual that promotes relaxation and ensures you get enough rest to support your overall health and well-being.
- Herbal supplements: There are many traditional Chinese herbs that are believed to support the Earth element by clearing excess heat, nourish the Yin, and promote balance within the body. These herbs may be taken in supplement form.
By following these practices, you can embrace the Earth element’s qualities and cultivate balance and well-being during the summer season.
It’s important to note that individual dietary needs and preferences may vary. If you have specific health concerns or conditions, it’s always a good idea to consult with a qualified TCM practitioner or a healthcare professional for personalised dietary advice.
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