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including their relationships, environment, diet, past traumas, current stresses and any other psychological, mental or spiritual issues. Despite these advances in thought, allopathic medicine still has difficulty in acknowledging that all living organisms have electromagnetic properties – in other words, we are energetic beings. As Dr Sarah Knox, a US biomedical scientist put it, “Medicine only examines one side of Einstein’s equation. E=MC2 means that energy can also be converted to matter. Without looking at the energetic components to the entire expression of human health how can one fully expect to understand the causes of breakdown?” Those with a knowledge of Chinese,

Tibetan or Ayurvedic medicine will know that these traditional systems, thousands of years old, have never lost sight of this essential truth. All are based on the idea that a person’s constitutional or energetic type has a great effect on their overall health and that individuals with different constitutional make-ups require different types of treatment. All recognise the importance of environment and emotions on health. While a full discussion of Western

medical astrology is beyond the scope of this article, I’d like to encourage you to take a look at your own birth chart to gain a basic understanding of how medical astrology applies to you. We can start by looking at the four astrological elements, fire, earth, air and water, the parts of the body related to each sun or star sign and some simple ways of supporting these different types of energies to gain optimum health. If you don’t have a copy of your birth chart or don’t know your element balance, just read the section on your particular sun or star sign (e.g., Geminis read the section on air). You might just discover a thing or two!

FIRE SIGN HEALTH IMBALANCE Those with charts dominant in fire tend to experience inflammation and heat when out of balance. For example fire signs can suffer from rashes or overheating when angry or burning the candle at both ends.

SENSITIVE AREAS Aries: Head, face, brain, eyes Leo: Heart, chest, spine, spinal column, upper back Sagittarius: Hips, thighs, liver, sciatic nerve

FIRE SIGN TREATMENT Soaking up the sun Going on an adventure Having fun or being silly Doing creative or inspiring work Promoting something Being energetic and enthusiastic Embracing the inner child

EARTH SIGN HEALTH IMBALANCE Those with charts dominant in earth tend to experience congestion and rigidity when out of balance. For example earth signs can suffer from sluggish digestion, weight gain or aches and pains when stuck in a rut or working too hard.

SENSITIVE AREAS Taurus: Throat, neck, thyroid gland, vocal tract Virgo: Digestive system, intestines, spleen, nervous system Capricorn: Knees, joints, skeletal system

EARTH SIGN TREATMENT Getting out in nature Moving the body Making something Gardening or hiking in the bush

Tidying and organising Enjoying the pleasures of the flesh Reviewing accomplishments

AIR SIGN HEALTH IMBALANCE Those with charts dominant in air tend to experience dryness and nervousness when out of balance. For example air signs can suffer from mental stress and nervous conditions when thinking too much or disconnecting from the body and ignoring its messages.

SENSITIVE AREAS Gemini: Arms, lungs, shoulders, hands, nervous system, respiratory system, brain Libra: Kidneys, skin, lumbar region, buttocks Aquarius: Ankles, calves, circulatory system

AIR SIGN TREATMENT Getting out in the fresh air Talking, reading, writing, listening Finding space Learning new things Exercising the intellect Doing puzzles, quizzes and games

WATER SIGN HEALTH IMBALANCE Those with charts dominant in water tend to experience swelling, water retention and discharges when out of balance. For example water signs can suffer from unexplained weight gain or fluid retention due to emotional stress.

SENSITIVE AREAS Cancer: Chest, breasts, stomach, alimentary canal Scorpio: Reproductive system, sexual organs, bowels, excretory system Pisces: Feet, toes, lymphatic system, adipose tissue

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