A Traditional Chinese Medicine "Cooling" Recipe for the Dog Days of Summer

by Rawls Whittlesey, LAc |

A Traditional Chinese Medicine "Cooling" Recipe for the Dog Days of Summer

Watermelon is considered a Traditional Chinese herb (xi gua) and can be the perfect answer when you are overheated on a hot day, as it cools you from the inside out and quenches thirst.

Moreover, the rind of the watermelon is also a Chinese herb (xi gua pi), and it is even more powerful at relieving summer heat and generating fluids in the body. So the next time you are cutting up a beautiful fresh melon, don’t remove all of the white-light green rind. Why?  It will do your body good.

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine standpoint, this recipe is especially good for improving hydration, recovering from heat stroke, quenching thirst and boosting energy.  If nothing else, this watermelon smoothie is truly refreshing during the dog days of summer!


  • 4 cups seedless watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend. Pour into a glass and enjoy! Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

Re-published with permission from The Chinese Medicine Cookbook by Stacey Isaacs.  This article was originally published here and has been re-published with the explicit permission of the author.

Rawls Whittlesey is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Georgia, a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Integrative Yoga Teacher. She practices Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Peachtree City, Georgia area treating a wide range of conditions including stress and anxiety, infertility, insomnia, digestive issues, neck, back and knee pain, among others.

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