Greetings Dear Readers,
Heart 1 Jiquan Supreme Spring builds energy in the Heart system allowing a person to feel less anxiety and sadness coming from insufficient qi of the Heart. By treating the Heart system, a person can feel greater stability and strength through connection with their authentic self and their spiritual source.
The Heart system is the centre of our being, the axis around which all of our functioning is orchestrated. The Heart system in Five Element acupuncture aligns our thoughts and actions with our purest sense of self. The Heart, as sovereign of all organ systems, governs through intuition, an inner knowing as though without effort.
As the beginning of the Heart channel, Heart 1 Jiquan Utmost Spring, is a source of Heart Yang (Yang means Fire or Heat). When a person lacks warmth in their Heart system, this can make them feel withdrawn from
others, pulled into themselves, lacking the Heart Fire with which to reach out and connect with others with warmth and love. Such a person may also feel cut off from their spiritual connection or source causing life to feel like an endless list of dreary tasks to complete in effort to find control over the constant disorder. This point fosters a better relationship between our own Heart system and the divine and helps us to connect with warmth and compassion from a spiritual source. Without this Heart Yang, it can feel like an essential spark is missing from a person and this can be seen in the eyes that lack sparkle, joy and clarity.
The Heart system houses the mind, not the gross mind of the intellect but the subtle aspects of mind called the Shen. The Shen gives rise to our sense of self. Intuitively we feel this sense of our self in our Heart system since when we refer to our self, we often put our hand over our heart.
People with an imbalance in the Heart system often have trouble falling asleep at night. Heart patterns causing insomnia are often either Heat in the Heart as seen from the red tip on a patient’s tongue, or a deficiency of Yin or Blood in the Heart system which makes it hard for a person to settle down and for their mind to become more quiet. As we lie in bed, the subtle energy of the mind which travels outwards towards the five senses during the wakefulness of day, then moves back inwards towards the heart as we fall asleep. The blood in the Heart acts as an anchor for the mind, a physical basis for the ethereal mind to settle into. When the Blood is deficient, the subtle mind cannot anchor into the Heart system and the person often feels like they are almost floating on the bed, ungrounded.
Insomnia and night sweats are often part of the picture when there is Heart Yin deficiency. This can also be treated with Heart 1 which nourishes the Yin of the Heart and clears the Empty Heat which agitates the heart/mind and causes a restless anxious feeling at night.
Relationship stress can affect the Heart system. The mind may be very conflicted about a relationship and this inner turmoil can affect the energy in the Heart system showing up as symptoms of insomnia, palpitations, irregular pulse, panic and social anxiety. Using Heart 1 in treatment, the Heart system gets strengthened, helping one foster emotional equilibrium, and a calm state of mind.
Yours in health,
Cynthia McGilvray, R.Ac.