Fire - Heart And Small Intestine in Cosmetic Acupuncture

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Fire - Heart And Small Intestine in Cosmetic Acupuncture , The Heart synthesizes and circulates Blood. The Blood nourishes all the cells it reaches, and also warms the body. In other words, it improves the Blood and yang aspects.

The term Blood is used sometimes specifically to mean red blood, and is sometimes used loosely to mean nutrition. Blood provides tissues with not only oxygen and nutrition, but also fluid. If Blood does not reach an area, this area will be cold, malnourished and dry. This situation is common in skin diseases in the hands and feet, partly because these are often cold areas, and partly because circulation of Blood to these areas is generally poor.

The Heart and Lung are situated in the thorax, in the Upper Warmer, and they often influence the energy status of the other. Often the pulses are similar in the cun position (distal pulse position) of both wrists and symptoms in both organs – Lung/Heart and Small Intestine/Large Intestine – are comparable.

I would like to go deeper into the Blood, yin, yang and Qi of the Heart and, as this is also our first element, it will provide a good foundation for the elements to come.

As you can see from the information in Table 3.1 , the Heart and Lung are in the same area of the body; they influence each other by their proximity, they share the same secretion (Heart secretes sweat but the skin has to control the function of sweating) and their emotions are felt in the thorax.

According to the relationship between the five elements, the fire element has a controlling or overpowering relationship over the Lung, in the metal element. This means that excessive heat in the fire element would consume the yin in the metal element, making it dry and hot.

If the yang of the fire element was low, the lungs would become cold and wet without sufficient yang to control it.

 Table 3.1 Blood, yin, yang and Qi
Blood  Yin  Yang  Qi
Red blood nourishes and oxygenates; when the Blood quantity is good, the complexion is evenly pink  There is a great amount of water or moisture in Blood; this cools and thins the Blood and cools upper body and hands  Warmth or heat in Blood, temperature of thorax, head and hands; when the yang is good, there is colour and shine on the face  Heart rate, circulation of Blood and fluid in the body also determine the heat in the Upper Warmer
 Red blood provides continuous nutrition to the tissues of the body, and determines if the 'evening face' is as fresh as the ' morning face  Heart secretes sweat, and the fluidity of sweat depends on the Heart yin  Yang excess would manifest in a red face, perhaps with excessive sweating if the yin is also good  Heart Qi gives alertness to the mind and manifests in whether or not a person looks awake and alert
 Heart and Lung yin should irrigate the skin continuously, and the skin should remain moisturized throughout the day  The colour and shine of the facial skin would increase with activity or heat  The ‘awake look ’ of an active Heart Qi is continuously nourished by Heart Blood
 Blood deficiency causes paleness and coldness of upper body. It also causes poor memory, insomnia and dryness, mostly of the upper body, and hands with cold sweating (normally, there should not be sweating in cold areas, but this is caused by a Blood deficiency bringing about a Qi deficiency)  Yin deficiency causes heat in upper body with malar flush, fast heart rate, less and concentrated smelly sweat, anxiety and panic attacks and dream-disturbed sleep. As the heat has an upward disposition, the lower part of the body has a normal temperature or could even be cold  Yang deficiency mainly causes coldness and paleness of the Upper Warmer and hands, clammy skin, poor concentration and sleepiness. As coldness retards the opening and closing functions of the skin, the colder parts of the body are wet with sweat, though not excessively  Qi deficiency manifests in symptoms of poor circulation, concentration, slow mental function, bradycardia and arrhythmia. When bad, there could be cyanosis and oedema
 Skin is often marbled between pale and blue colours; dry arms and hands; facial skin is dull, pale and lifeless  Skin is often hot, red and dry, and tense in chest, arms and hands  Skin is cold and clammy to touch, and the face is pale and without much expression  Qi deficiency often causes circulation problems where Blood does not reach certain areas in the extremities, especially the hands
 Patient is usually depressed and uninterested, could also have constant sadness if lungs are weak, and weep all the time. But they want to have help  Face is red or with malar flush. Patient is restless, speaks fast and may have night sweating and could suffer from high blood pressure  Depression in the cold weather; skin or lung diseases aggravate in cold weather and improve when weather is warm  Skin diseases are of a fixed nature, with a thick, purple colour. There may be dryness on the surface, but with fluid below the surface
 As Heart Blood deficiency often leads to Liver Blood deficiency, there may be overuse pains in tendons of the arms and small joints in hands  Skin diseases are usually of a hot nature, and occur on the thorax, arms or face and seldom in the lower part of body  Skin diseases occur more in the upper body and seldom in the lower  The upper part of the bodyis commonly affected but not below the level of the diaphragm


Excessive heat in Heart and Small Intestine

Fig 3.2 Heat in Heart and Small Intestine.

Fig 3.2 Heat in Heart and Small Intestine.

An excess of Blood and circulation would create heat and redness of the skin, causing dryness and a burning feeling ( Figure 3.2 ). The skin can become hard and leathery, and tense with less suppleness. These symptoms would occur more in the upper part of the body, where both Heart and Lung reside. The skin symptoms worsen in hot weather, or when feeling hot under bedcovers. Patients can suffer from hot flushes, burning skin with less sweating, mental restlessness and insomnia.

Points to sedate Heart yang to cool the heat
~ Sedate SI 8, TW 10.
Sp 6 descending technique. (1)
Ren 14, H 5, P 6, Du 20 and K 7.

(1) Descending technique on point Sp 6 is used to bring the heat down to the lower part of the

Coldness in Heart and Small Intestine

Fig 3.3 Coldness in Heart and Small Intestine.

Fig 3.3 Coldness in Heart and Small Intestine.

Deficiency in the Heart and Small Intestine yang will cause Lung yin and damp to be undercontrolled. This will make the entire skin cold and clammy, thick and oily ( Figure 3.3 ). There will be much, thick, body hair, especially in men, because hair grows more on colder areas of the body which need more insulation – the chest and arms in this case. Patients may suffer with chronic cough or asthma with excessive mucus, and may be rather melancholic.
Points to tonify Heart and Small Intestine yang and treat damp–cold in the Lung
~ UB 15, UB 13 (needle and cupping).
~ SI 3, Lu 10, LI 6, St 40.

Heart Blood and Qi deficiency

Fig 3.4 Heart Blood and Qi deficiency.

Fig 3.4 Heart Blood and Qi deficiency.

deficiency of Blood and Qi in the Heart causes paleness and cold, dry, dead-looking skin. However, the hands may also be blue or white, cold and sweaty – because the deficient Lung Qi cannot hold the sweat in. Patients are likely to suffer symptoms such as endogenous depression, anxiety, mentalfatigue and sleep problems ( Figure 3.4 ). If the Blood and Qi are tonified, their mood, complexion, sleep and confidence all improve, and their skin glows pink with warmth.
Points to tonify Blood and Qi of Heart
~ Ren 14, UB 15, Lu 1, UB 13.
~ UB 17, Sp 10, GB 39.
Advice for patients
~ Take Floradix – herbal iron formula for building Blood.

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