According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), certain conditions can worsen in the summer due to the effects of heat and humidity on the body. Here are a few examples:
Heat stroke: Heat stroke is a serious condition that can occur when the body is unable to regulate its temperature in hot and humid conditions. Symptoms may include high fever, rapid heartbeat, headache, nausea, and confusion. In TCM, heat stroke is seen as a result of excessive heat in the body, which can damage the Yin and Qi (energy) of the body.
Skin problems: The heat and humidity of summer can exacerbate certain skin conditions like eczema and acne. According to TCM, skin problems are often related to imbalances in the Lung and Stomach meridians, which can be aggravated by heat and dampness.
Digestive issues: In TCM, the digestive system is closely linked to the Spleen and Stomach meridians. Hot and humid conditions can weaken the digestive system and lead to symptoms like bloating, nausea, and diarrhea.
Insomnia: Difficulty sleeping can be a common problem in the summer due to the heat and longer daylight hours. In TCM, insomnia is often related to imbalances in the Heart and Liver meridians, which can be aggravated by stress and emotional upheaval.
Additional things to consider during the summer:
Sun protection: The strong UV rays of the sun can cause damage to the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. It's important to protect the skin with nontoxic sunscreen, hats, and protective clothing when spending time outdoors.
Hydration: Dehydration can be a major problem in the summer due to increased sweating and higher temperatures. It's important to drink plenty of water and other hydrating fluids to maintain good hydration levels. Of course, I love adding LMNT electrolytes to my water!
Outdoor activities: Summer is a great time to engage in outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and biking. However, it's important to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and other health risks associated with exercise in hot weather.
Seasonal foods: In TCM, it's recommended to eat foods that are in season to promote balance and harmony with the natural world. In the summer, this may include foods like watermelon, cucumber, and other cooling fruits and vegetables.
Emotional health: Summer can be a time of heightened emotions, with many people experiencing feelings of joy, excitement, and relaxation. However, for some people, the summer months can also be a source of stress and anxiety. It's important to prioritize self-care and stress-management techniques like meditation, yoga, or therapy to support emotional well-being during the summer season.
Overall, it's important to take steps to stay cool and hydrated during the summer months, and to be aware of any pre-existing conditions that may be worsened by the heat and humidity. Contact us to develop a personalized treatment plan for any summer-related health issues.