Summer is slowly approaching. What does this mean? Summertime is
a season full of energy, heat, longer daylight, and sunny days.
Summer is the season of yang, a time when the body undergoes
vigorous metabolic (body energy) processes.
According to TCM, summer is yang as mentioned earlier, but
summer is also based on the five elements. Summer is fire, color is
red, emotion is joy, and the organ associated with fire is heart
and small intestine. Fire is symbolic because in TCM it is the
maximum activity or greatest yang, which means that it is a time of
heat, outgoingness, and moving outward in nature and in our lives.
In human anatomy, the heart, mind, and spirit are ruled by the fire
element. We should give greatest focus on our heart, mind, and
spirit for staying healthy in summer.
It is important to make sure our body is balance during the
summertime. When we are balanced in the summertime, our heart is
strong and healthy, the mind is calm and sleep is sound. But if we
are not balanced in summertime we create an imbalance in the fire
element, which may cause either lack of joy (depression) or an
excess of joy (mania). Indicators of an imbalance in the fire
element include agitation, nervousness, heartburn, and
Cherry tree in bloom
Dia's Helpful Tips for the
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Before we get started on the blog, I want to wish everyone at
NUHS a Happy New Year and a Happy Chinese Year of the Snake!. I
have some great tips for everyone this week to keep us healthy in
the winter season especially if you cannot make it into National's
Whole Health Clinic.
"During the winter months, all
things in nature wither, hide, return home, and enter a resting
period. This is a time when yin dominates yang."
-- The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Chinese
Thinking of Midwest winters, the first thing that pops into our
heads is snow, and more snow, more and more snow, and lots more
snow (just kidding, but typically true), winter break, family
gatherings, overeating, holiday parties, desserts, hot cocoa, puffy
coats, and of course, colds and flu. How do we take care of
ourselves mentally and physically? I have four lifestyle changes
that we can integrate in our daily lives to keep us healthy in the
winter season. I also added Chinese nutritional food therapy, which
includes a classic herb and cooking spice that we can add to our
Keys to Healthy Winter Lifestyle
Cumin: Nutritional Food Therapy Herb
Gui Zhi Tang is the most important formula in the classical
medical text Shang Han Lun, which translated in English
means "On Cold Damage" or "Treatise on Cold Injury." This formula
can be taken regularly to harmonize your Yin and Yang and to
strengthen your immune system. Cumin is a spice that boosts
immunity and improves liver function, reduces flatulence and aids
in digestion. It is an excellent addition to meat curries, stews,
vegetables, seafood, and sauces.
According to nature, our bodies are meant to slow down and
conserve energy during the winter. Times have changed since the
times of the Yellow Emperor thousands of years ago in China, but
the basic principles should not. Keep in mind winter's wisdom in
order to stay healthy throughout the New Year! Remember this is
cold and flu season, so prevention is the key. I would recommend
herbs and getting acupuncture at least once a week during this cold
and flu season will strengthen your immune system.
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