Earth is associated with sympathy. In balance, this means the ability to empathize with other people’s problems and help them wherever possible. Sympathy is usually seen as a positive emotion, but when it gets excessive, it can turn into worry.
People with imbalanced earth elements can spend hours turning a thought over and over, looking for a solution. This can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, and insomnia.
Earth is also associated with the digestive organs, the Stomach and Spleen. This means that digestive problems are often a result of an imbalance in this particular element.
The Stomach and Spleen are responsible for getting the nutrients out of food and making them useable in the body. If these organs are imbalanced, you might suffer from a lack of energy or feel generally weak and tired.
Earth symptoms are often worse in damp weather as this climate has a negative effect on the Spleen. You might feel foggy-headed or have difficulty concentrating or thinking straight. Earth is responsible for digesting thoughts and information as well as food!
If you scored highest on earth, be sure to apply acupressure to these points three times a week:
Chinese Name: Zhong Wan
English Translation: Middle Cavity
Location: On the midline, 4 cun above the belly button.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: fortifies the spleen and disinhibits damp; harmonizes the stomach and downbears counterflow.
Symptoms: Abdominal distention; vomiting; diarrhea; dysenteric disease; untransformed digestate; stomach pain; gastric reflux and acid regurgitation.
Secondary Symptoms: Stomach rumbling; difficult defecation; yellow or dark-colored urine; loss of taste; cholera; urgent or chronic fright wind; cardiac pain; generalized swelling; yellowed skin; endogenous damage to the spleen and stomach; abdominal pain;
Chinese Name: Zusanli
English Translation: Leg Three Miles
Location: 3 cun below the lower border of the knee cap and one middle finger breadth outwards from the bony ridge of the shin, where the bone begins to flare.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Rectifies the spleen and stomach; regulates central Qi; harmonizes the intestines and disperses stagnation; courses wind and transforms damp; frees and regulates Qi and blood of the channels; supports the correct and banks up the origin; dispels pathogens and prevents disease; breaks thoracic blood stasis.
Symptoms: Stomach pain; indigestion; vomiting; diarrhea; constipation; dysentery; dizziness; epilepsy; paralysis due to wind strike; foot Qi; Water swelling; aching knee and tibia; abdominal distention; rumbling stomach.
Secondary Symptoms: Abdominal pain; cholera; stoppage of the diaphragm and throat; difficult ingestion; eye disease; fever; bed wetting; rumbling intestines; heaviness in the head and pain in the forehead at the outset of heat disease; fever; lower abdominal swelling and pain; branching fullness in the chest and lateral costal region; swelling and pain in the extremities; thoracic blood stasis; palpitations and agitation; dryness of the mouth; inhibited urination; swelling of the feet.
Chinese Name: Chongyang
English Translation: Rushing Yang
Location: On the line between ST 41 and ST 43, in the depression between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones, 1.5 cun away from ST 41, at the highest point of the dorsum of the foot.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Supports Earth and transforms damp; harmonizes the stomach and stabilizes the spirit.
Symptoms: atony of the lower extremities; redness and swelling of the dorsum of the foot; dryness of the mouth.
Secondary Symptoms: Swelling of the head and face; abdominal swelling; mania and withdrawal; malarial disease; wind heaviness in the head; abdominal distention with no desire to eat; aching among the upper teeth; pain in the forehead.
Chinese Name: Taibai
English Translation: Supreme White
Location: On the inner side of the foot, in a depression slightly below the head of the 1st metatarsal bone, at the junction of the light and dark skin.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Supports spleen-earth; regulates Qi dynamic; helps movement and transformation; harmonizes the central burner.
Symptoms: Stomach pain; generalized heaviness; vomiting and diarrhea; foot Qi; abdominal distention; constipation; dysentery.
Secondary Symptoms: Inability to assume a reclining posture; distention in the chest and lateral costal region; pain in the stomach and cardiac region; retching and vomiting; cholera and counterflow frigidity; evacuative difficulty; diarrhea with blood in the stool; hemorrhoids and fistulae; heaviness of the body and bone pain; heat diseases starting with pain in the head and face; untransformed digestate; rumbling intestines and stabbing pain; lumbar pain preventing movement.
CV12 is in the center of the body and has a positive effect on the digestive organs, while ST36 is one of the best points for building energy and blood. ST42 and SP3 are the ‘source’ points of the earth meridians and have a balancing effect on the Stomach and Spleen.