Summer is now continuing to be warm and sunny, despite a wet week – much needed for the garden.
Summer means warmth and heat (as we have experienced recently). In Chinese medicine, keeping warm, giving warmth and heat is very important. Often, in my clinic, physical pain and injury is often greatly improved by using a lit moxa stick, which is wafted over the injured part of the body, warming it up and thus relaxing the painful muscles, ligaments etc.. Moxa is a herb (mugwort) which when dried and lit, generates substantial heat. My patients find it most beneficial and several take moxa sticks home , to apply in their own homes. I also use rolled up moxa cones on acupoints – again the heat from the moxa can increase the effectiveness of the point being needled.
Chinese medicine is full of advice on how to keep ourselves working at optimum, by keeping our bodies warm. We should never walk on bare floors bare foot. There is an important Kidney acupoint on the soles of our feet, which links with the Kidney. In Chinese medicine, the Kidney is a most important organ, our powerhouse. Subjecting it frequently to Cold (the bare floor) means it will not work as well as it should.
Food should always be served either at room temperature or heated/cooked. Eating straight from the fridge impedes the work the stomach has to do. The stomach plays a very important role in Chinese medicine especially in the production of good energy, so how can it be expected to work well if ice cold food is thrown into it?
Our predilection for iced drinks, whatever the weather , is a case in point. The stomach has to put up with the endless cold showers that we drink down, which simply does not help it in digesting and breaking down our food. Interestingly, in Europe, when you ask for a jug of water, it rarely comes with ice.
So, try to use ice sparingly this summer and at least serve fruit at room temperature. You will also find it tastes better! As for injuries – come to my clinic and I will show you how to use a moxa stick with care, for relief.