Summer is the time for the fire element. This is a time of high energy, joy and warmth.
Unlike the cold stillness of winter (the Water Element) where we should do less, sleep more and move inward within ourselves – Summer is just the opposite.
Now is the time for longer days, harder work, social events and plenty of fun (joy).
Meridians: Heart, Small Intestines, Pericardium, Triple Warmer People with strong Fire energy may be quite charismatic. They excel at commanding others to action. They may love talking and socializing.
When the Fire Qi is weak, a person may be lackluster or bland. They may suffer from anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia. They may stutter, talk too much and too rapidly, or laugh nervously. They may be too excitable, easily stimulated to excesses, or they may be emotionally cold and unfeeling. Common illnesses include palpitations, hypertension, heart problems, and sores on the mouth and tongue. People strongly influenced by the Fire element may be vulnerable in very hot weather, and may be calmed and centered by walking. The bitter flavor favors the Fire Qi. Coffee is a bitter flavor, but its effects may aggravate the Heart Qi. The healthy bitter flavors include dark, green leafy vegetables.