Summer-Increase Your Joy!
Posted: May 6, 2018
While summer begins the first week of May on the Chinese calendar, for me, summer in Columbia, Missouri begins after the second weekend in May when the University closes the spring semester. I love this time of year when the vibe of downtown lightens up, along with the traffic in the parking garages and coffee houses. What do you most love about summer? When does the season start for you? For many, this seasonal transition comes with difficulty sleeping, allergies, and sore muscles from sudden increase in outdoor activity. Could it be time for your next acupuncture treatment? I would love to see you!
In warm weather, heavy foods with lots of protein and fat can increase sluggishness, depression, mental fuzziness…
Cooking with warming spices brings heat to the surface of the body causing the body to sweat which creates a cooling effect.
Enjoy more raw and lightly cooked foods
Eat seasonal fruit and veggies.
Avoid iced drinks and only consume frozen foods (like ice cream) in moderation.
The Triple Heater Channel
This fire channel is responsible for body temperature regulation, giving it a possible relationship to thyroid function. Traveling through the neck, shoulder, elbow and fingers, the Triple Heater channel can be very useful in improving the function of these joints. In conjunction with the Gall Bladder channel to which it has a very close relationship, the Triple Heater channel is often used to improve joint function in the lower body as well.
Circling the ear before ending at the temple, the Triple Heater is often used to address ear aches, facial nerve pain, and headaches. The healthy flow of qi through this channel supports social ease and joy.