The season filled with abundant energy, long days and sunshine. This is the most yang time of year. Summer is about expansion, growth, activity, and creativity.
- Element: Fire.
- Color: Red.
- Nature: Yang.
- Organs: Heart, Small Intestine.
- Emotion: Joy.
The Fire Element
Summer is the season of yang, a time when the body undergoes vigorous metabolic (body energy) processes. Several thousand years ago, The Medical Classic of the Yellow Emperor put forth the principle that one should cultivate the yang energy in spring and summer while protecting the yin energy in autumn and winter.
TCM teaches us that summer belongs to fire, one of the five elements. Fire is symbolic of 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. Thus, top priority should be given to the heart, mind, and spirit for staying healthy in summer.
Here are the some Cooling Acupuncture Points for Summer:
During the heat of the summer, the first thing we think of to cool off is ice…..ice tea, ice cream, iced lattes, and the list goes on. In Chinese medicine, we encourage cooling the body down in a gentler way rather than freezing our insides. One way is to eat cooling food – cucumber, watermelon, chrysanthemum tea, green leafy lettuce, spinach, and eggplant. Another way is to press cooling points. There are acupuncture points in the body that have the effect of clearing heat (ie. cooling the body). They are easy to locate and press.
PC 3 – Located at the inner elbow next to the large tendon on the inside of the body.This point is especially good for sunstroke and can be used for skin eruptions or anxiety caused by heat.
Ht 8 – Located on the palm between the pinky and ring finger, when you make a fist it is the point where the little finger rests. Press this point if the summer heat is causing thirst, restlessness, insomnia or tongue ulcers.
Large Intestine 4
Li 4 – Located between the thumb and forefinger webbing. Press this point for allergy symptoms, common cold, and headache. Clears heat from the head. Do not press if pregnant.
Large Intestine 11
Li 11 – Located at the outer end of the elbow crease. This point clears heat when there is sweating, skin eruptions, burning urination, and fever.