Summer is Heart Time
The Heart and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
In TCM summer corresponds to the heart. According to Chinese medicine, now is the time to focus on the heart and incorporate foods and lifestyle advice that will tonify heart. In TCM each organ corresponds not only to an element ie wood, fire, earth, metal, water, but also to a planet, mental quality, emotion, sensory organ, body part, body fluid, sense, taste or flavour and even smell. In TCM heart disease is not only represented by physical symptoms related to the hearts itself such as palpitations or angina, but also by disorders of the corresponding five element connection. For example glossitis or inflammation of the tongue, spontaneous excessive sweating, speech disorders and insomnia are all seen as heart pathologies or patterns of disharmony associated with the Heart.