The emotion associated with Metal is grief. This is often seen as a negative emotion, but in Chinese medicine, it is seen as necessary. You need to get rid of what is no longer useful in order to make way for the new!
The Lungs and Large Intestine are linked to endings and beginnings. The Lungs take in oxygen from the air, and the Large Intestine removes waste products from the body. On a physical level, people with metal imbalances may suffer from respiratory problems or constipation.
This constipation can also be seen on an emotional level, making it difficult to let go of past hurts and regrets. Because of this, people with an imbalanced metal element may shut themselves off from the world to avoid further pain.
People with imbalances here are perfectionists and can sometimes be quite critical. However, they also tend to have a great sense of justice and will fight hard for what they believe is right.
Metal imbalances can also cause skin disorders such as eczema. This is because the skin is seen as the third Lung in Chinese medicine. These issues typically get worse in the fall when the air is dry and cool.
If you scored highest on metal, be sure to apply acupressure to these points three times a week:
Chinese Name: Shan Zhong
English Translation: Chest Center
Location: In a depression on the midline, on the sternum, level with the 4th intercostals rib space.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Clears the lung and transforms phlegm; loosens the chest and disinhibits the diaphragm; regulates Qi and downbears counterflow
Symptoms: Dyspnea; lactation insufficiency; hiccups; chest pain.
Chest pain; goiter; vomiting of foamy drool; heart palpitations with sorrow and fear; wheezing dyspnea and shortness of breath
Chinese Name: Zhong Fu
English Translation: Central Palace
Location: One cun below the outer end of the collar bone, middle to the coracoid process, in a definite depression in the 1st intercostal space.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Clears and diffuses the upper burner and courses lung Qi.
Symptoms: Cough; asthma; pain in the chest, shoulder and back; fullness in the chest.
Secondary Symptoms: Coughing; sweating; facial swelling; fatigue; fever and vomiting; difficulty eating; aversion to cold; heat distress; goiters and tumors of the neck; diminished Qi with inability to lie flat; nasal congestion; abdominal distention.
Chinese Name: Tai Yuan
English Translation: Supreme Abyss
Location: At the outer-end wrist crease, in a depression between the radial bone and the tendon of the thumb.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Rectifies the lung and suppresses cough; clears and cleanses upper-burner and lung Qi; dispels wind and transforms phlegm.
Symptoms: Asthma; cough; palpitations; pain in the chest and medial aspect of the forearm; sore throat.
Secondary Symptoms: Eye pain and screens; headache; pain in the collar bone; pain along the inner face of the forearm; cardiac pain; cold inversion; retching; dry throat; manic raving; pain or lack of strength in the wrist; cold in the palms; lack of radial pulse; dyspnea and fullness in the chest; body fever and sweating; quivering from cold; toothache.
Cautions: Avoid radial artery.
Chinese Name: He Gu
English Translation: Joining Valley
Location: Between the 1st and 2nd metacarpals, on the radial aspect of the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone, at the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index fingers are brought close together.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Actions: Frees the channels and quickens the connecting vessels; courses wind and resolves the exterior; relieves pain and quiets the spirit; clears and discharges lung heat; frees gastrointestinal downbearing.
Symptoms: Headache; nosebleed; swelling of the face; sore, hypertonicity of the fingers; pain in the arm; dryness of the eyes and mouth; sweating or absence of it in heat diseases; prolonged labor; dysentery; painful swelling and reddening of the eyes; swollen throat; menstrual block;
Secondary Symptoms: Wind stroke trismus; mania; loss of voice; wind papules; cardiac pain; unilateral or ambilateral headache; constant thirst, fever and aversion to cold in cold damage; headache and rigid spine; tonsillitis; malaria with fever and chills.
Cautions: Do not use during pregnancy.
CV17 is located between the Lungs and has a harmonizing effect on these delicate organs. LU1 is the first point on the Lung meridian and is great for lifting the spirit if you become stuck on a negative feeling. LU9 and LI4 are the metal ‘source’ points and can help to rebalance these organs.
LI4 is especially helpful for constipation, although it should not be used by pregnant women.