The article below demonstrates how it is important to both reinforce the yang and nourish the yin during the warm months of summer so that we have more resilience and vigor in the winter. Acupuncture and herbal remedies are great adjuncts to the daily home practical advice noted below.
Acupuncture is all about balancing yin and yang
Source: Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School
Summer has arrived! As we look at nature, during this time of the year, the surface of the earth is warm however when you step into a tunnel or underground it is very cold. Our bodies mirror this same structure. Our yang Qi moves toward the outside and we feel hot, however our internal organs are very cool. We need to reinforce the yang and nourish the yin this season, to lay the groundwork for a healthy Winter. Otherwise, this Winter you may catch colds easily, experience chronic illness symptoms increasing, or more dampness such as diarrhea, etc. Here are suggestions:
1. Eat/drink warm or room temperature foods/liquids.
2. Eat more soups and easily digestible foods.
3. Eat or drink 2-3 slices of ginger after breakfast.
4. Room or car temperature needs to be no more than 10 degrees different than outside temperature.
5. Practice Qigong – especially Tapping Qigong or Immune Boost (both available on YouTube).