Small Intestine 4 is the source point of this Fire element organ, the yang pair to the Heart. Summer is the time of the Fire element and you may be more likely to find yourself experiencing physical and emotional symptoms related to the Small Intestine during this season. As the source point, SI-4 represents the essence of this organ and its purvue.

The primary functions of the Small Intestine according to Lonny Jarrett’s book, The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, are:

“1. Sorts pure from impure by burning away mundanity and empowering transformation in all aspects of being

2. Abstracts essential yang from acquired qi

3.. Communicates heart essence into the world

4. Empowers the virtues of listening and intuition”

If your Small Intestine is feeling the heat of the season, you may:

*experience digestive upset or malabsorption

*have difficulty making decisions

*feel uncomfortable extending yourself into the world

*feel disconnected from your heart or unable to connect with others’ spirits

*experience anxiety, panic or overwhelm

*have difficulty trusting your intuition

Particularly during this 2020 summer of Covid-19, your Small Intestine may be feeling overwhelmed by its duties. If you are having trouble settling your spirit, determining the right choices for yourself, or getting your digestion on course, come in for acupuncture, speak with a counselor, reach out to loved ones, dive into activities that put you in touch with your spirit, eat foods that are cooling and grounding for you, and spend time in nature.

Bonus tip: Qi Gong movements that rotate the medial wrist inward (such as shown here) activate the functions of the small intestine.