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summer: heatwaves and A/C colds

annelies espeel

We are in the middle of Summer and the Belgian July heatwave has just stopped last week. Temperatures dropped with 20C degrees and people are still in summer mode.

BE AWARE of dressing appropriately: cold- wind from the airconditioning and fresh raindrops can give you a “summer cold”. The cold falls on your head, your shoulders and you feel it’s refreshing, you dress little and it creeps inside your body, into your lungs and throat and sinus/nasal cavities.

WHAT to do? don’t sit where the cold-wind blows. bring a scarf to work to cover your neck and shoulders, maybe also your knees. drink some celery juice with ginger in it, to warm up your body. get a massage, some upper back cupping or just take a hot bath/shower to warm up again.

AT THE SAME TIME the heat is still on. DRINK WATER! eat cucumber and watermelon, it has a lot of water inside. avoid heavy meals like red meats, pizza, cheese and have more veggies. have a gaspaccio (cold soup) for dinner.

When you’re overheated you can come see your acupuncturist for cooling down your blood flux, making sure your digestion is working properly and getting rid of that heat headache. a great way to cool down besides drinking water is using eau de cologne or white tiger balm on the forehead, side of the head and in your neck.

have fun during august!

spring and its allergies are back

annelies espeel

Dear Liver,

It’s your time of the year again. You are the most important organ during spring, you will make us feel the change in our body from wintersleep to summer heat. Our body reacts to the light that is longer, the pollen in the air, the cold and cough we get from sudden weather change hot/cold/dry air/ rain…

In Chinese medicine we pay attention to the WOOD element and with it Liver and Gallbladder as the main organs/meridians. We may be a little more irritated in spring as everything changes.

How to prevent our body from the nuisance of change?

Eat less spicy or heavy meals, not too salty either. Start your day with a seasonal fruitmix (red berries) that you warm up, have some spring veggies (artichoke, asparagus, andive…), have some poultry for the meat lovers.

Drinking warm water, infusions of thyme, camomile and goji berries/chrysanthemum, hibiscus… are good to keep the blood flux flowing and not flaring up the heat pricking our throat, eyes or nose.

Go for a walk and dress attentively to the sudden weather changes. Cover your ears and neck when in A/C rooms.

Have a good time with Spring and your Wood elements!

annelies espeel