San Fu Tian 三伏天 (Summer Dog Days) are traditionally the hottest and most humid days of the year, occurring on July 3 to August 11 each year. In fact, this is a particularly important time frame in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as long summer is deemed the best time to treat winter diseases.
Our body’s Yang energy peaks during the hot weather, while the cold and dampness previously buried in our body now surface to the top of our skin - making this the best opportunity to disperse the cold, expel dampness, and build Yang in preparation for the coming Winter.
Here are some tips and rules you can follow for the next 30 days!
Five Things to Try Not to Do:
Avoid taking a cold shower right after excessive sweating
Avoid sleeping naked
Avoid drinking too much cold beverages
Avoid chugging or gulping down water
Avoid prolonged sun exposure
Four Fruits to Avoid Eating:
Dragon Fruit - ‘cold’ type
Lychee - ‘heaty’ type
Watermelon - abdominal discomfort
Mango - ‘damp’ type
Four Healthy Foods to Consume:
Lotus Root - clear heat and dissipate blood stasis
Mung Bean Sprout - dispel internal heat and toxins
Bitter Melon - expel heat and reduce inflammation
Green Mung Beans - expel toxins
Five Tips to be Mindful Of:
Protect the neck from exposure to wind and coldness
Prevent your hair from staying wet
Consume warmer foods and drinks to protect your stomach
Drink water slowly and space it out in smaller amounts throughout the day
Moisturize and protect your eyes from the sun and heat
Avoid intense early morning exercises
Apart from following these tips above, it is also a good time for patients to do San Fu Tian Moxibustion Therapy, which is one of the TCM modalities that can help replenish Yang, promote blood circulation, and cure Winter diseases in the Summer.
Call and visit Channels of Wellness today to learn more about how moxibustion can benefit you!