Traditional Chinese Medicine Tips for Hot Summer Days & Nights

by Kelli Taylor, RAc |

Traditional Chinese Medicine Tips for Hot Summer Days & Nights

The summer season belongs to the Chinese Element of fire (the associated color is red), the time when the Yang energy is the strongest which makes it the best time to strengthen our immune system for the winter months which will be here before you know it!  The organs associated with summer are the heart and the stomach-spleen. When there is an imbalance in organ heart it possibly triggers anxiety, agitation, sleep disorders, excessive sweating and a flushed face. You may overheat easily too. It also represents feelings of happiness when in balance.

A Transition in Late Summer

The "late summer" according to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory is the time of the Earth Element (the associated color is yellow) and begins around the third week of August and goes through until the fall equinox. It is the time when the days are hotter and more damp.

The stomach and spleen echo with the late summer's energy and if you have problem with these organs then you might notice nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heaviness in the body, stomach disorders, IBS, low energy level, rapid weight gain, imbalance in blood sugar levels.

If the stomach and spleen are balanced then your digestive system will function better.


Traditional Chinese Medicine Recommendations for a Healthier Summer
  1. Eat "Cooling" Foods: Some recommendations include watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrant, cranberry, lemon, lime, mango, tangerine, tamarind, amaranth, barley, Kamut, millet, rice, lima beans, leafy greens (lettuce, kale, spinach), bitter herbs (dandelion, mustard greens, chicory), cucumber, celery, grapefruit, mung beans, zucchini, mushroom, radish, summer squash, tomato, pears, plums, rhubarb, seaweed, sesame, water chestnuts, cabbage, papaya, bananas, avocado, asparagus, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, coconut, grapes, kiwifruit, eggplant, kelp, swiss chard, white fish.
  2. But Eat Less Food: During the warm summer months eating less and lighter foods is better for the digestive system.
  3. Drink "Cooling" Drinks: My recommendations include watermelon juice, water with lemon or lime, and peppermint tea to keep you cool.
  4. Wake-Up Early in the Morning: This allows you to enjoy the most of the yang energy time.
  5. Rest in the Afternoon: When I studied in China every day at around 1:00-3:00 PM everyone rested.  You should too.
  6. Go to Bed Later at Night: Again, this allows you to enjoy more of the summer days.
  7. Drink More Water: Staying hydrated during the hot summer days is extremely important.
  8. Keep out of the Sunshine at Peak Hours: This helps avoid heat exhaustion.

Kelli Taylor is a Registered Acupuncturist who specializes in Women’s Health and Well-being. She has infused her many years of TCM/Acupuncture experience with her years of yoga experience and created Yin Body Balance. You can find more information about classes, workshops, teacher trainings as well as FREE downloadable Yin Yoga sequences for Hormone Balance, Infertility and Thyroid Balance by visiting

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