Feng shui observances began thousands of years ago when Chinese farmers discovered that their homes
remained warmer during harsh winter months when the front openings were oriented to take advantage of
solar heat gain. Maximum warmth occurred when buildings faced the winter solstice, so that over time it
became customary for houses and temples to be oriented on this same axis.
There are 5 seasons in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), corresponding
to the 5 elements (Fire/Earth/Metal/Water/Wood). Winter, Spring, Summer, Late Summer
Summer represents the outward expression of energy, expansiveness, movement,
and activity. It is the most yang of the seasons and is ruled by fire. Life and
energies are at their peak. Summer, according to TCM, is the season associated with
the heart and the small intestine.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the cyclic recurrence of a group of
symptoms that peak 7 to 10 days before menstruation and disappear a few hours
after the onset of the menstrual flow. This condition is characterized by
multiple and diverse symptoms including, but not limited to: breast tenderness,
transient weight gain, bloating, constipation, insomnia, acne, headache, pelvic
pain, irritability, depression, mood swings, poor concentration, confusion,
social withdrawal, impulsiveness and appetite changes.
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