Learn How Five Acupuncture Points Can Help You Stay Cool For The Summer.
Acupuncture part of a medical system that dates back thousands of years. This medical system is known as Traditional Eastern Medicine or TCM. TCM acknowledges not four but five seasons. Each season in TCM has a pair of organs or energetic pathways it corresponds to.
Summer is a season of abundant energy and light, long days, pool parties, ice cream and lemonade. Since the beginning of Eastern Medicine it is documented to have always associated summer with yang and the element of fire. For the season of summer, the heart and small intestine are the two connected pathways.
The heart is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood to all parts of the body.
Mental activity also falls under the jurisdiction of the heart. This includes our thought processes, memories and emotional state of mind. The Heart is associated with the Mind and Spirit. The small intestine also influences a person’s judgment and mental clarity.
To keep the heart and small intestine functioning properly treatments like Acupuncture can be utilized to help with summer heat.
Dr. Ashley Hoyt, A.P. has compiled a list of five Acu-Points. When you arrive for your appointment she will discuss these points with you. And answer any remaining questions you may have..
Heart 8 – located bilaterally on the palm of the hand can be used to decrease palpitations, calm the mind and help you feel more grounded. It can also help bring down a fever.
Large Intestine 11 – located bilaterally in the depression on the outside edge of the crease created when the elbow is flexed, can be used when a person is overheating. It can lower blood pressure, decrease a fever and help with abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
Small Intestine 3 – located bilaterally on the outside edge of the fist, just behind the largest knuckle of the hand, can help decrease a fever and calm the mind.
Heart 7 – located bilaterally at the outside end of the wrist crease, in the depression between the two tendons, is great for calming palpitations, decreasing a fever and settling the mind.
Ren 4 – located on the midline of the abdomen below the belly button, helps with indigestion and diarrhea.
Heart Heat indications are Mental Restlessness, High Anxiety, Agitation, Heartburn, Indigestion, Nightmares, Insomnia and Depression. Associated symptoms of feeling overheated are chest pain, thirst and palpitations. Best to prevent overexertion and overheating. Keep in mind the weather heat index, dress in cool clothing, stay in the shade when possible, drink plenty of water & electrolytes.
Nutrition can also be an important factor in preventing summer heat or heat stroke. Some foods have been used for centuries to help fight the heat from summer temperatures. Watermelons, for example, are 90% water and can help keep your body temperature lower during heated summer months. Mint is a refreshing way to bring a chill to your salads and to a refreshing pitcher of water.
“Take Control of Your Wellness” by giving us a call, we can help you begin your Acupuncture Therapy routine.
Dr. Ashley Hoyt, AP. Key West Wellness Center 3420 Duck Ave. Key West, FL 305.296.5358