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Bitter Hearts–Using The Bitter Flavor

By | 2018-05-31T13:38:08+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Nutrition Articles|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Bitter Hearts–Using The Bitter Flavor

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CN

Bitter….even its name can make us cringe, and it’s certainly not the most popular of the 5 Flavors.  Just like the other 4 flavors it serves an important role in our health.    The flavor is a powerful mover and enters the Heart, Small Intestines, Triple Warmer and Pericardium–all the Fire organs.  When the Fire element is in-balance we are joyful (without being overly so) and can act on life plans, we make meaningful relationships–engage!

Still frowning?  You don’t need a lot of bitter, so just play along for a bit.

Bitter flavors enter the Heart and other Fire Organs

Each of the 5 Elements has numerous correspondences including flavor, season, color, organs, sound and emotion.  Fire and the bitter flavor correspond with the season of Summer, which is unique in that it has four organ systems rather than two like the other elements.  The Heart (Yin), Small Intestines (Yang), Pericardium (Yin) and Triple Warmer (Yang) all belong to the Fire element-and they have a lot going on.  The Heart, as the emperor, sits on his throne and controls the circulation of blood and allows us our most intimate relationships. Small Intestines constantly sorts the ‘pure from the impure’–what to digest and what not to digest–physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Pericardium has similar properties to the heart and the Triple Warmer acts as a regulator for circulation and water pathways.  Fire is all about relationships and communication. Whether we form meaningful relationships or allow people in appropriately or not.

Bitter stimulates digestion and increases appetite

Remember Swedish Bitters?  Many cultures have historically used bitter teas, herbs and tinctures to aid in the digestive process.  Basically, the bitter flavor helps to cut through slow and sluggish […]