Acupuncture and summer. The Torbay Acupuncture Centre, Torbay, Devon.

Living With Summer

Acupuncture and Summer

Summer is a time of expansiveness and freedom, of light and warmth of joy and fun. More than any other time of the year we expose ourselves to the elements and come together to celebrate and to play.

In Chinese Medicine Summer represents the element of Fire, which encompasses the Heart, the Pericardium, the Small Intestine and a uniquely Chinese organ called the Triple Burner.

The emotions associated with Fire are joy and sadness. Just like Fire the beauty of Summer is ephemeral and intangible; flowers bloom and fill the world with a blaze of colour, but they are short-lived and soon fade. Likewise, Fire can go from a tiny flame to a raging inferno in what seems like no time at all.

This is the nature of Fire and Summer. There are highs and lows. You may find at this time your moods are more variable – swinging precariously from happiness to sadness. Particularly in the UK, this can often be reflected in the vagaries of the weather, with joyful balmy summers days being followed by miserable rain.

Another thing you may notice is that you find decision-making more difficult, you can’t quite sort things out in your head. This is to do with the Small Intestines role of sorting at the mental level. Finally, be cautious of inappropriateness at this time. The expansiveness and freedom mentioned earlier can sometimes lead us to drop our inhibitions a little too much, the Pericardium forgets its role of protecting the Heart, and we can sometimes say or do a thing we later regret!

With all these precautions in mind, don’t forget, Summer is most of all a time to enjoy. The Heart in Chinese medicine is considered to be the Emperor. The Supreme Controller within, who upholds the highest values in us and whose greatest wish is for purity, truth, love and joy. Summer is a time of sharing, learning, bonding and playing. In nature, it is a time when we are freed for a few scares months from the drudgery of survival, allowing us the time to thinking about and rejoice in the privilege of being alive.

Rachel Geary

Rachel Geary BA(Hons), Lic. Ac. MBAcC is a fully qualified acupuncturist, having graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2002. She has previously practised in Inverness and Barnstaple. "I first became interested in acupuncture whilst I was at university studying History and Philosophy. I was particularly drawn to eastern philosophy, which I found particularly elegant and beautiful. I then went on to complete a three and a half year course of study in acupuncture and discovered it to exemplify these very same qualities. I feel very privileged to have been able to learn so much about the Chinese understanding of health and to be able to use this knowledge to help others." Rachel Geary is a Registered Acupuncturist, she is registered at The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and The Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinic (ACMAC).