April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN
We love our Summers and the sunshine here in Boise. It’s time to be in the garden, rivers and mountains. The temperature can swing nearly 40 degrees from sun up to sundown, and then there is that spell in July and August where it hangs out above 100 and never seems to cool off—ack, melt. Occasionally, we spend too much time in the sun, or the season changes so rapidly that we have problems adapting. You may experience a little ‘Summer Heat’ invasion.
Each of the 5 Seasons in Chinese medicine has a climatic nature. Spring relates to Wind, Autumn to Dryness, Winter to Cold, Late Summer (the transition of seasons) relates to Dampness, and Summer corresponds to Heat. These climates are simply part of the nature of the season and Chinese medicine practitioners observe these climatic influences and their behaviors in the body as they can become a source of disease or disharmony. For example, Wind can be involved in many forms of headaches, allergies and palsies. Any of these climatic conditions can pop up in any season due to rapid weather changes, change in location, etc. Heat is most likely to affect us during the Summer and the Summer organs are most vulnerable to Heat, and the 6th Pernicious Influence–Summer Heat.
Summer Heat is an exterior pathogen
Exterior pathogens or the 6 Pernicious Influences or 6 Evils are hot, cold, wind, damp, dry and summer heat. They are acute in nature and come on quickly. They invade our bodies either because the pathogen is excessively strong compared to normal Wei Qi (immunity), like in the cases of plagues, or our Wei Qi is too weak […]