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Acu Corner: Summer Solstice

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June: Summer Solstice Is Upon Us!

By Vanessa Mahoney, LAc

Can you believe it's June and summer temperatures have arrived? The Summer Solstice on June 20th will mark the longest and most yang time of the year. It's a time of growth, abundance, expansion, and activity. The element of fire and heat, summer is associated with the Heart (yin) and the Small intestine (yang). Fire rules the heart, mind, and spirit, and gives us the emotion of joy. Associated with the heart chakra, it taps into the highest expression of love. A balanced heart is expressed with a calm mind, restful sleep, and a strong heart filled with joy.

June Wellness Tip: The growth of summer doesn't have to be reserved for nature. Create space for more joy and abundance in your life by healing emotional wounds of the heart and inviting in your fullest potential. Physically, stay healthy and balanced by keeping hydrated, eating watermelon, and adding cucumber or mint to your water to cool your body. Wake early, rest mid-day, and go to bed later in the evening. Eat a variety of lighter foods versus heavy foods. Balance your activity with rest and meditation.

June Acupuncture Point: Ren14 - Ju Que or "Great Tower Gate." Located on the mid-line of the front of the body, 1/4 of the way below the sternocostal angle and belly button. To find the point, use both hands and place one finger on the inverted V of your ribs below your sternum and one finger on your belly button. Using your lower hand, measure 1/2 way between the two and then measure 1/2 way between again. This point strengthens the heart chakra, clears the heart, calms the spirit, pacifies the stomach, and relaxes the diaphragm. Gently press on this point to alleviate acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing. I've personally used this pressure point for acid reflux while travelling in India and have several patients who use it regularly to help with theirs!

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