by Alexander Kanevsky, MD

Summer is the time when, under physiological conditions, man’s energy flourishes, producing the ideal balance of catabolic hormones and enzymes. This yields a high quantity of ATP which, like a powerful heat engine, drives energy toward the head and the skin, also supplied with potent natural antibodies to best support our immunological competence.

Traditional Chinese Medicine calls this energy Yang; Ayurveda calls it Pitta. Of the five elements of creation it belongs to fire, whose innate, parthenogenic organ is the heart.

This year the heart dominates the body until August 4, when the spleen will take over. Thus the heart now collects the energy of all other organs to nourish and invigorate blood channels and collaterals.

Therefore, if the heart is weak, the cumbersome contagion will be created among the kidneys, liver, lungs, and spleen, and eventually involve all other organs, including the brain.

If this heart condition is not relieved through the autumn, the patient might suffer irrevocable consequences in the winter.

Frequent eructation may be a sign of heart disease, and if not given timely medical attention, further symptoms may include cough and dyspnea, followed by hypochondrial pain, nausea, and excessive yawning. If these symptoms aren’t relieved by drastic and effective measures, the whole body may become swollen and heavy, and further treatment may fail.

The heart depends on the functional integrity of four solid and six hollow organs: it is restricted by the kidneys and it restricts the lungs, and defends the liver when the liver is attacked by the lungs. It shares the formed blood with the spleen and the stored blood with the liver. The heart depends on the pericardium for the heart’s harmonious connection with the brain. Heart governs blood vessels, combined into channels and spread as collaterals. Therefore, if collaterals’ or channels’ vessel is damaged, the heart might worsen or decompensate within one year. Heart’s function is reflected primarily on the tongue and cheeks and can be altered by the manipulation of each of 365 acupoints on the body, primarily the minute collaterals in summer.

The heart’s emotion is "over-joy." When the heart is damaged by excessive over-joy, the lungs become stronger to replace the over-joy with sorrow and melancholy. Over-joy that is not yet weakening the heart might be restricted by the kidneys, whose emotion is "terror." The heart’s and spleen’s shared blood, exhausted from restless use, could prompt unabridged anxiety. The heart’s and liver’s shared blood, if stagnated, can lead to anger, rage, irritability, and insomnia, and cause heart attack and stroke.

The heart channel dominates daily biorhythms between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the time of "highest Yang" when medicine to reinforce the circulation of blood and energy in the heart and the whole body might be applied.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine exercises beneficial to heart function are incorporated in Wu Shu (i.e. Yin Su Gong or Qin Sun Xin Twe), Shao Lin Qi Gong, and mediation of Mu Su.

To invigorate your heart, eat apricot and its bitter kernels, mutton, wheat, oats, fish, and farmer’s cheese. Bring all of your projects to completion and try not to hold back or delay much.

Yet every person is not the same. Therefore consult your physician before using these suggestions.

Dr. Alexander Kanevsky MD specializes in Natural Integrative medicine, Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Tibetan, and Western medicine, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. To find out more about Dr. Kanevsky and his practice please visit or or call 609-613-0225.

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