THE FIRE ELEMENT
Those that fall into the fire constitution are energetic, imaginative and excited about life. They tend to move through life in a quick and efficient manner and are courageous. The fire types are drawn to the beautiful things in life but do not place too much value on material wealth. When in balance a fire constitution loves to laugh and revel in the joy of life. Fire is in the growth aspect of the development cycle which means that you excel at taking an idea and turning it into a reality. Summer is your best time of year health wise, unless you are out of balance which can then be the worst time.
When kept under control, fire is very useful. However, it will dominate and consume if not kept in check. Excess fire can leave one out of touch with reality and living in a “dream world”. A weak fire can manifest as lack of excitement for life, antisocial behavior and phobias. Other conditions that can rise from an imbalance in this constitution are insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, heart palpitations, flushed face, paranoia and a weakened sexual response.
Fire constitutions tend to have a reddish complexion a small pointed head or pointed chin and notable small hands. They tend to have curly or no hair. The physical strength of this constitution is in the circulatory system, vessels and the upper parts of the body. The heart is the representative organ and it is said to be the home of insight and understanding. The tongue is also a representative organ of this constitution and if out of balance you may experience sores on your tongue or a bright red tongue tip.
• If you have problems with acid reflux or indigestion avoid hot and spicy food
• Eat more Raw and cooling foods like vegetables, fruits (white ones like pair or apple and watermelon), Aloe and seaweeds.
• Practice simple breathing exercises: Take 10 deep breaths in a row three times a day
• Decrease consumption of saturated or trans fats
The following list of foods have shown to be beneficial to your element and associated organs. The goal is to work as many of these foods into your regular diet as possible. This information is merely a guideline and one should be sure to eat a varied balanced diet with foods from all the food groups.
Grains: Barley, Buckwheat, Job’s Tear, Millet, Wheat (bran & germ)
Vegetables: Asparagus, Aborigine, Bamboo Shoots, Cabbage, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Cucumber, Corn, Dandelion Leaf, Lettuce, Mungbean Sprout, Nori, Plantain, Potato, Seaweed, Swiss Chard, Water Chestnut
Fruit: Apple, Banana, Blue/ Bilberry, Cranberry, Fig, Grapefruit, Lemon/ Lime, Mango, Pear, Persimmon, Pineapple, Plum, Rhubarb, Watermelon
Beans: Kidney, Garbanzo, Soy & Tofu
Meat: (no more than 1-3 serving a week) Quail, Chicken
Dairy: Egg White
Herbs & Spices: Licorice, Purslane, Tamarind
Fish: (no more than 2-4 servings per week) Clam, Crab, Frog, Octopus
Oils: Sesame, Agar, Kudzu, Salt
Beverages: Chrysanthemum Tea, Dandelion root tea, Elderflower tea, Lime Flower tea
HERBAL OR SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTIONS
Essential Amino Acids- Amino Acids are the building blocks of life. It is important to consume enough of them in their natural form so the body is able to perform all of its different functions as best as possible. Amino acids are found in all living things and are absorbed best by the body when consumed in the form or organic fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy. They can also be founds in pill form.
Hawthorne Leaf & Flower- Has been proven to strengthen heart muscles when taken over a six week period. Hawthorne has also shown positive results in decreasing blood pressure, blood fat and cholesterol.
Gynostemma or Jiaolan Tea- This herb has shown to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as being effective in the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver. Inflammation is a naturally occurring process in the body that when is left untreated can cause such disorders as arthritis, cirrhosis, coronary artery disease and many more auto immune disorders.
Garlic- Is a natural antibacterial, anti fungal and anti- inflammatory herb. Garlic has been shown to help lower high blood pressure and increase heart health by reducing the damage done by inflammation. Garlic can also increase your immune function and is great for treating the common cold or flu.
Cistanche Powder, Zhi Shi or Citrus Auranti- Helps to increase energy, boost immune function, fight off colds and flu. It strengthens the digestive system and increases metabolic rate resulting in better digestion, balanced appetite and weight loss. Cistanche has also been shown to stimulate fat metabolism. This herb is also anti microbial and is good for cleansing the body.
Spirulina- Has been shown to help prevent heart damage, lower cholesterol, treat anemia, and can help lower blood pressure. In Chinese medicine it is seen as a blood tonic and is used to treat low energy, poor memory and anemia.
Onion (in particular red onion)- The onion has an assortment of health benefits essential for all constitutions and should be consumed daily. Onions contain a specific flavanoid that helps to maintain digestive tract health. The level of allyl ropyl disulfide and chromium found in onions helps to lower blood sugar levels. They also contain a compound that inhibits the breakdown of bone cells. Onions have strong anti-inflammatory properties which help to treat the symptoms of many disorders like arthritis, cardiovascular disease and pain.
Eucommia Bark (Du Zhong)- Has shown in studies to improve bone, ligament, tendon and kidney function. Eucommia can help with stiffness, arthritis, knee & hip problems, overall joint health and also has diuretic properties to help with swelling. The collagen contained in this herb helps the skin and connective tissue to retain its elasticity resulting in firmer skin and stronger joints. This herb is great for building essential energy or Jing and can help to increase and improve sexual function.
Cardiovascular workout at least 20 minutes a day 3 times a week (ie running, cycling)
Bekrams or Hot yoga
Breathing exercises and Qi Gong
Volcanic Ash body wrap
Chamomile Rose soaking tub
Rose & Sugar scrub
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