Summertime and Acupuncture

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. 

Cherry Tree

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 insomnia. 

Cherry tree in bloom

Dia's Helpful Tips for the Summertime (Yang)

  1. Eat more cooling foods, such as watermelon, cucumbers, mint, dill, seaweed, broccoli, cantaloupe, sprouts, bamboo, asparagus, lemon, peaches. Eat more fish and seafood.
  2. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Eat in moderation and stay away greasy heavy foods.
  4. Wear lighter and brighter colors with lighter fabrics, for example linen and cottons.
  5. Go to bed later at night and wake up early.
  6. Yin Tang, otherwise known as the hall of impressions, I also heard referred to as the "third eye."This point is located in the middle of forehead centered between your eyes. This powerful point, which is used to calm the mind, enhances one's ability to focus, soothe emotions, promote sleep, and relieve depression. If you don't have time to come see us at the Whole Health Center in Lombard, I also instruct patients to treat themselves by tapping Yin Tang 100 times a day with the index or middle finger.

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