While drinking ice cold fluids may feel refreshing, too much can be counterproductive. When the stomach is cooled, it has to work harder to produce the heat needed for normal digestion, resulting in heating up the rest of the body. One antidote for this is to take ginger. You can add it to smoothies, food dishes, take it as an encapsulated supplement (this is the most potent way) or even make a tea. Now it may sound crazy, but a hot beverage on a hot day can actually cool you down. It dilates the blood vessels and makes one sweat. This of course lowers the body temperature as the sweat evaporates.
Another nice decoction is peppermint with chrysanthemum. These herbs are classified as cool and acrid which relieve heat in the head and chest specifically. As a bonus they are beneficial to the liver, and help treat certain eye and skin conditions. Additionally, eating watermelon effectively cools heat in the body. The white part of the rind is especially potent and helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels. You can eat it fresh or sautéed. Mung beans are especially recommended to treat heat rash and acne due to their anti oxidative effects. These attributes become more potent once they are sprouted. When cooking the mung beans, it is beneficial to consume the water that they have cooked in, as most of the medicinal properties leach into it. If you are avoiding carbs or fasting, you can just simmer the beans for about an hour and just drink the water (AKA decoction) and discard the beans.
Staying cool and calm during hot summer months is important for overall health. When our bodies are stressed, we become susceptible to ‘dis ease’. I often see patients who will develop chronic illnesses such as cardiac disease or thyroid disease shortly after a stressful streak in their lives. In order to prevent life-altering pathologies it’s smart to take preventive action to maintain a healthy life-style. For those who already suffer from a chronic disease it’s not too late to do something about it.
Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.
Since each patient has different needs, I carefully select and combine a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. I prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals.
I encourage you to call today to see how we can help you be a happier and healthier you this summer.
Written by Yvette Bedrossian, RN, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®