Summer and Chinese Medicine
Fire is the element used to describe the intensity of our life energy during the summer season. This time of year is when we should use this energy to moving forwards with our lives as well as make full effort to reach our greatest potential. Oriental medicine specialists believe that summer is the time of year in which the element fire rules over. Fire is often correlated with the emotion joy, the color red, the spirit of yang, a hot temperature, the small intestine, and the body’s overall complexion.
Here are a few characteristics of summer to help you better relate to the season.
Spirit – Yang
Emotion – Happiness
Fruit – Watermelon
Element – Fire
Organs – Tongue, Complex and Small Intestine
If you are living in tune with the fire element then you should notice your mind to be calmer, sleep will come easier, and the heart to function better. When out of tune symptoms such as depression, insomnia, nervousness, heartburn, and agitation may occur.
The tongue is an organ often associated with summer and also important in the world of oriental medicine. The current shape, color, and coating of the tongue can reflect the overall conditions of our body. If the color of one’s tongue changes then this can signal a chronic disease in the body which means you should get medical assistance immediately. The healthier you are, the healthier your tongue will be. In its best condition the tongue will be lightly coated with white, have a normal thickness, and has a pink color.
Specific parts of the tongue can tell specialists in oriental medicine exactly where a problem persists. If a certain area has an unusual lump or color, then there will be an organ that corresponds to that area and should be checked out. If the tip of the tongue is ever red, then this could mean that stress is the causes of the imbalance in our bodies. It is extremely common to see people with red tipped tongue due to the fast paced stresses of our era.
A red tipped tongue can also signify a heart imbalance, though if this is the case then there will be other symptoms occurring as well such as a feeling of heat in the chest, high blood pressure, rapid pulse, frequent night terrors, irritability, insomnia, mouth ulcers, anxiety, and dry mouth. Of course the tongue diagnosis alone cannot be relied on, but it can provide doctors with the overall health of a person.
Watermelon (Xi Gua)
Watermelon has always been associated with the summer season since the times of ancient Egypt. During those times watermelon juice was a treat often provided to travelers of the era. Oriental medicine specialists use both the seeds and fruit for the negative effects of summer such as dehydration, nausea, low appetite, lack of motivation, no focus, irritability, agitation, no appetite, poor digestion, stick sweat, and a higher body temperature.
Watermelon is also used as a natural anti-inflammatory to fight the possibility of developing diseases like atherosclerosis, asthma, cancers, diabetes, asthma, and arthritis in the future.
On top of all that, watermelon is a good source of magnesium, potassium, thiamine, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.