If you have gone outside at all today, you know that it is HOT. It seems most of the country has been experiencing particularly hot weather this summer. And while the heat can be good, it is also important that you take the necessary precautions to help your body naturally stay cool, particularly by paying attention to what kinds of food and drink you put into your body. Here are a couple tips from Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Spring has…at least for the time being…sprung. And while springtime brings warmer weather, more sunshine, and a chance to be outside, it also brings its own energetic challenges, which we should all be aware of!
There are, of course, many many Chinese herbs that you have probably never heard of – plant, mineral, and animal products that exert a therapeutic action in the body. However, there are many herbs that appear in your everyday life, whether you know it or not! Read on for some information about the therapeutic actions of these common herbs, and perhaps then Chinese Herbal Medicine won’t seem quite so distant from what you already know and understand.
Gwa sha, which literally translates as “Scraping Sand” refers to scraping the skin with a rounded surface to create transient (temporary) therapeutic petechiae (red marks). Clinically, the most common device used to perform gwa sha treatments is a specialized spoon that looks like a Chinese soup spoon. The acupuncturist scrapes along certain channels on the skin with the edge of the spoon – if the treatment is indicated, tiny small raised red dots appear along the affected area of the skin. The treatment draws out metabolic waste and toxins that are congesting the area, leading to more normal circulation of blood and nutrients in the body.
Summer is the season of the Heart, of Fire, and of Joy in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system of correspondences. It is a time to celebrate vitality, to nurture that which is most important to us, to connect with those people and things that are dear to us, and to do things that make us happy and joyful.
Springtime is a time for rebirth, rejuvenation, growth, and cleansing. In the cycle of the seasons, spring represents youthfulness. We emerge from the dark, gloomy, short days of winter, ready to feel lighter and more free – and our meal choices should reflect this innate human response to the season.