According to Chinese medicine, we are now into summer and this last week has been a scorcher for everyone!
Summer is all about abundant energy (Yang), warm long days and sunshine (at least some of the time). Summer is about growth – look at our gardens – expansion and expansiveness, activity and creativity. It is in the summer that we feel most active – the DIY shops are at their busiest – and also eady to have fun and enjoy ourselves.
To remain in harmony with the season, we should wake earlier in the mornings – those who have young children may have noticed this – and go later to bed. A siesta in the early afternoon keeps us out of the heat of the sun and allows us to
We need to drink plenty of fluids, especially water. 10 cups of tea is no good if you don’t drink the equivalent in water.
Try to eat cooling foods such as fruit, especially strawberries, water melon and peaches, vegetables such as lettuce and cucumber, watercress broccoli, pak choi , chicken and fish. However, if you wish to eat a lot of salads, make sure you chew them properly. Otherwise, vital energy is used up in the breaking down of raw food.
Typical summer complaints are heat exhaustion, sunburn, insomnia, high blood pressure, constipation, irritability, headaches. Acupuncture, is ,of course, of great help for these complaints!