According to Traditional Chinese Medicine the Small Intestine is a Fire Element Organ

We are living in a time where we are able to appreciate the value of east meets west, and incorporate the benefits of technology and energy medicine with the tried and true foundations of traditional healing from around the globe.

The Fire in the Belly

The Fire Element includes the heart, small intestine, thyroid (adrenals) and circulation. This makes sense when you think about the parts of our body that are supposed to be hot.

For example the Small Intestine is where we ‘combust’ our food and where ‘energy’ is released for our use. On an energy level, this is why we eat. It gives us energy.

Steps to Heal Your Digestion

There are steps we can take to heal our digestive system. Altering the diet is the first step. Eliminate gluten grains. Consider eating quinoa instead. Avoid  dairy and eggs for a few weeks. Food allergies and sensitivities under lay many chronic digestive issues.

Avoid oils and fats. Go back to ‘baby food’. This will give your digestive system a chance to heal. You can slowly and experimentally introduce each food back into your diet. Pay attention to what hurts, or feels like work to digest.

It’s All About the Heat

Sometimes, we have too much fire in our digestion. The first thing I would look at is what are you eating that does not work for you. There are traditional herbs that help to bring comfort to the small intestine. These include slippery elm, aloe vera juice, flax seed tea, and marshmallow root.

If we use herbs that cool down our small intestine too often, we won’t digest properly. This is where ginger is the saving grace of digestion. Japanese meals will often use fermented ginger as a digestive aid. I don’t like the pink versions but understand why this comes with your order of California Rolls.

Too Hot? Too Cold?

A really easy way to know if your digestion needs heat or cooling: What sits better; peppermint tea or ginger tea? Peppermint is cooling; ginger is warming.

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If you are experiencing morning sickness during pregnancy, theses two suggestions are what I would try first.

With pregnancy increase your B complex. I like to do things in a food form with Red Star Nutritional Yeast. This contains B12. Also miso, the breakfast choice of Japan, and Tamari sauce are high is B12.

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Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes can help, but you need to be able to recognize the difference between a stomach enzyme (HCL) and one that supports the whole gastro-intestinal tract. These would include Udo’s Enzymes, Omega Alpha’s Multi-Zyme and Genestra’s V Enzymes.

If you have a lot of congestion in your small intestine, take two of any of the above between meals. This is help to digest up the congestion in the GI tube. While we are taking about congestion, an enema wouldn’t hurt either, but I know a lot of people are squeamish about that subject.

The Good Gut Bacteria

The small intestine as also the area most affected by microbial imbalances such as an overgrowth of yeast and fungus, and an absence of healthy gut bacteria with low toxin, such as acidophilus. We can get this from ingesting yogurt, keifer, and sauerkraut.

Many people have difficulty digesting gluten. This is not necessarily always Celiac Sprue, but an inflammatory response in the gut. The Primal Doc movement has been looking for the science to understand this relationship between the gut and the neurological system.

Physicians in the east have known about these ‘relationships’ for centuries. We in the West are just beginning to catch up.

Hidden Cause of Inflammation

Another ‘inflammatory’ factor is glyphosate the active ingredient in Round Up. A team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that widely available commercial formulations of Round Up can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in common disease-causing bacteria.

This chemical has found its way into our soil, our food, and our bodies from the use of the herbicide ‘Round Up’. For many people, reducing gluten is not enough; they have to remove all GMO’s as well. The only sure way in Canada is to choose organic foods. Another way is to create a relationship with a market grower or Community Garden.

Emotions and the Gut Reaction

Our small intestine is also a very emotional area of our bodies. For those of us who tend to ‘internalize’ look no further to where that ‘internal’ is. Yes, this is one of the areas where we hold and hide our gut reactions. Some of us may do this from time to time. IF we hold emotions here chronically, we are ripe for a chronic upset in the function of this area. As humans, this is just the way we roll.

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Soothe and Heal With Simple Flax Tea

Flax Tea is a gentle and easy way to:

  • Lubricate the bowel
  • Heal the bowel wall
  • Reduce inflammation in the bowel
  • Relieve constipation even if it is chronic
  • Increase hydration of the bowel
  • Improve elimination
  • Improve absorption

It is Safe for:

  • Elderly people
  • Children 2 years old or over
  • Anyone with sensitive digestion

Flax Tea

  • Grind 1 Tablespoon of organic golden flaxseed in a small coffee grinder
  • Or buy pre-ground flaxseed and to store, squeeze the air out of the pack and keep in fridge freezer
  • Put ground flaxseed into a mug
  • Bring a cup of water to the near boil
  • Pour the water into the mug and stir
  • Let it cool a bit
  • Add 1 ounce of Aloe Vera Juice – food grade
  • Add 2 teaspoons of slippery elm powder (or just take 3 capsules)



  • If your digestion is too cold and you need a little fire – add some grated fresh ginger root.


  • If you have infection in the GI tract, you can add a couple drops of:  grapefruit Seed Extract, oil of oregano, echinacea, marshmallow root, or Vitamin C in ascorbic acid.


  • If your digestion is a little too hot – start your brew by making peppermint tea first


When the water is cooled slightly – add your ground flax and so carry on with your recipe

Our bodies are always trying to support us; always trying to find balance.

When we can appreciate that, we can then look to solutions that heal, rather than band-aid approaches that may in the long run, do more harm.

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Bio PicNelda McEwen has been practicing as a Medical Intuitive in SW Ontario for over 25 years; counselling individuals and families, as well as offering her signature ICH training to other Medical Intuitives in the health field. Nelda’s professional research has been acknowledged and published in the Professional Kinesiology Practitioners Manual. The PKP program is recognized through the International Kinesiology College of Zurich Switzerland.