THE METAL ELEMENT
Like the element of metal those who are of this constitution have substance, structure and strength. You are meticulous, rational, independent and strong willed. Your representative organ and your strength should be your lungs and you should have a strong voice. The metal constitution is represented by the lungs, respiratory system and skin which are responsible for protecting our bodies from outside invasions. Your constitution thrives in the fall season (or is the sickest if out of balance).
The freedom constitution is in the harvest portion of the developmental cycle. This means that you love to reap the benefits of your labor. You are more than willing to do what it takes to get the job done and you truly enjoy treating yourself for all your hard work.
The metal type has broad and square shoulders, a triangular white face and a strongly built body. They tend to walk slowly and deliberately. When you are out of balance you can be prone to such problems as chronic cough, infections, sinus problems, weakened immune function and the inability to defend yourself. The metal type “carries their stress” in the upper back and shoulders. You may tend to feel grief or sorrow as a first response to stressful situations as these are the associated emotions with your element.
• Get plenty of sleep (7-9 hours a night)
• Add more pungent and spicy food (hot chilies, garlic, onion, white pepper corn and ginger) to your regular diet.
• Set 20 minutes aside every other day to just relax or meditate quietly, this will help conserve lung energy.
• Ashtanga yoga would be most beneficial for your element.
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.
Vegetables: Alfalfa Sprouts, Artichoke, Asparagus, Avocado, Cabbage, Carrots, Kelp, Kale Mungbean Sprout, Nori, Plantain, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Seaweed, Squash, String Bean, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Water Chestnut, Yam
Fruit: Pear, Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Lemon/ Lime, Mango, Mulberry, Papaya, Persimmon, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Watermelon
Beans: Adzuki, Black Bean, Kidney Bean, Lima Bean, Mung Bean, Soybean (black), Tofu
Nuts & Seeds: Coconut Milk, Flax Seed, Pine Kernel, Sesame (black & white), Walnut
Fish: (no more than 2-4 servings a week)Clam, Crab, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Oyster
Meat: (no more than 1-3 serving a week) Beef, Duck, Goose, Kidney (pork), Pigeon, Pork, Rabbit
Dairy: Eggs (especially whites)
Common Supplements: Ginseng , Royal Jelly, Bai He (lilly bulb tea)
Herbs & Spices: Marjoram, Nettle
Grains: Barley, Spelt
HERBAL OR SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTIONS
Bai He or Lilly Bulb tea- Great for nourishing and soothing the lungs.
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 flus. 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.
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.
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.
Ginger- A spicy aromatic herb that not only provides great flavor to food but has a profound medicinal effect on the body. Ginger has a long history of treating many ailments but with a particular emphasis on digestive problems. Ginger is great for soothing the spleen and stomach therefore it treats such disorders as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach and pain. Ginger should be used multiple times throughout the week in regular meals but consider an additional supplement or ginger root tea if you should be experiencing any stomach ailments.
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.
Think building lung energy or qi. When you exercise you want to be breathing hard so a moderate cardiovascular workout would be beneficial to you. A 20 minute run three times a week is recommended. A more vigorous or ashtanga style yoga would be best for your constitution.
Jasmine ginger bath