Summer Hot Fun Joy Abundance…
By Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM Dip., R. TCM. P., R. Ac.
Summer Hot Fun Joy Abundance…Summer is the Fire Element and it’s time to check in with the Heart and Small Intestine. The heart houses the mind (or Shen) in Chinese medicine and it is the Emperor of all our organ systems. Any imbalance within this organ system can result in sleep disturbances, anxiety, forgetfulness, jumpiness, and or palpitations.
Our appetite for life is seen through our
eyes and as a practitioner of TCM, I often look into your eyes to see what’s
going on in your life, are you feeling satisfied, over worked, burdened or
tired? It’s important to keep our Heart
Qi in balance. Play but don’t play too
hard, exercise but don’t exercise to hard. Fun and rest are very important in
the summer because the heat in the summer can tend to build up and rise in our
The Small Intestine in Chinese medicine
separates the pure from the turbid.
There are many ways to interpret this.
In its simplest form it’s the absorption of pure nutrients in the small
intestine, leaving the turbid to be excreted out the large intestine. Philosophically, it can be your ability to
process or filter your own emotions.
Chinese food nutrition
A nice cooling tea in the summer is
chrysanthemum flowers and goji berries with a little honey. It cools the heart and the liver during hot
sunny days. Green teas are also very
cooling. I often make ice tea with herbs
from the garden and add a little lemonade or white grape juice. It will keep in the fridge for a few
Melons also clear body heat in the summer. So dig into those watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydew melons. Cucumber, spinach, watercress and dark leafy greens all keep the body cool over the summer also, and don’t forget those yummy berries.
A nice yoga pose to keep the heart open is to roll up a towel and place it in the small of your back running up your spine while lying down with a pillow under your knees. This will relax your heart and help vent out any heat that has gathered in the body.
At the end of the summer, there is Late
Summer (or Indian Summer). This season
involves the Spleen and Stomach, the Earth Element. This is the perfect time to work on your
immunity or any long standing asthma problems.
At this time of the year, as a practitioner there are no acute symptoms
to treat, therefore I can address the root causes of your imbalances. Are you
someone who does not transition well between seasons? Do you catch colds often? The Earth Element plays an important roll in
your immunity and is seen in the middle of the circle within the Five Element
There are so many things to keep your mind and body in balance but if you are struggling to find the right balance for you, visit your local acupuncturist for a tune-up and learn more about how to achieve your health goals.
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