Abdominal Acupuncture and the summer heat wave

Too Hot To Trot

It seems that most of the northern hemisphere has experienced record breaking high temperatures which have had huge implications for all of us. Farmers are struggling to feed their animals, crops are giving low yields if they survived the excessive heat at all. Seaside resorts are full of holiday makers, enjoying the sunshine, while trying to stay cool! Ice cream sales are through the roof and even in Ireland air conditioner sales are on the up!

In this podcast I discuss with Pia, what we can do to stay cool, or if that hasn’t worked, we chat about various methods to clear heat due to heat stroke or over exposure to the excess temperatures! We consider a number of the effects that heat stroke and over exposure can result in and how to alleviate symptoms including, Insomnia, restlessness, irritability, diarrhoea, constipation, allergies, asthma and skin eruptions.    

The abdomen, although it contains a mix of Yin and Yang meridians, it has the Ren Mai which is the sea of Yin and the Chong Mai is the sea of Blood and so they can offer a powerful cooling effect. The Turtle image and the Biao : Li organ relationships allows easy access to cooling points such as Du 14 (Dazhui) and St 25 (TianShu) which is the front Mu point of the Large Intestine, it is therefore a great point to clear heat and damp through the colon. The abdomen also offers many other options to resolve the effects of summer heat, and the various guises that this heat can present as. The abdominal acupuncture points can also be used to double up on regular common acupuncture body points such as LI 11 (Qu Chi), PC 3 (Qu Ze), by using abdominal acupuncture points including, Ab 1 (elbow) and abdominal point Ab 4 (knee) to activate UB 40 (Wei Zhong) while just inferior to Ren 10 (Xiawan) can be utilised like Du 14 (Dazhui) to clear heat also. All the Kidney points Kid 19 (Yin Du), Kid 17 (Shangqu) and Kid 13 (Qixue) combined with extra abdominal point Ab 7 (Qipang) which is also on the trajectory of the Chong Mai can help to cool the heart and ease the irritation and insomnia that can result. 

Pia and I also discuss the use of seasonal local foods and herbs and spices which have great cooling effects including foods such as cucumber, lettuce, peppers and onions, I always wondered why my mother insisted on us eating salads (rabbit food as I complained about at the time) when I was a child during the warm summers! The use of local herbs such as coriander which is not only good for the affects of summer heat but also works a treat for deficiency heat as seen in menopausal “Hot Flashes”. We also share remedies for rehydrating and replenishing essential minerals like magnesium and potassium which are lost during sweating. Other useful herbs include fennel. Spices such as Tamarind can be used as a natural laxative for those suffering with constipation, Rhubarb is also useful in this respect. Coconut water is also a great way to replenish essential vitamins and minerals.

Excessive summer heat is often accompanied by dampness and inflammation and therefore can result in flare ups of arthritis and other Bi syndromes we suggest methods to resolve these and other inflammatory conditions including asthma using foods such as onion and Plums.

Stay cool and enjoy the late summer!  

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