The Healthiest Foods for Summer, According to Chinese Medicine

Exploration of solar terms: “Major Heat” (from July 23 to August 6)

A solar term is a period of approximately two weeks based on the position of the sun in the zodiac. There are 24 solar terms in a year, which make up the traditional Chinese calendar system used to guide agriculture and daily life. The calendar contributes to the ancient Chinese philosophy that living in harmony with nature will lead to a harmonious life. This series of articles delves into each solar term and offers tips on how to navigate the changing seasons to live a happier, healthier life.

Solar term: Major Heat

Date 2022: July 23 to August 6

Characteristics and meaning: Major Heat is the last solar term of summer, and it is often accompanied by heavy rain and thunder.

The ancient Chinese viewed summer as representing the peak of life, precipitating the decline of life in middle age and beyond, much as summer cools rapidly into autumn, followed by winter. . Knowing the solar terms allows one to live in harmony with the ways of nature. This is beneficial to our health and allows us to move in sync with the rhythms of the world.

Impact on people: There is an old Chinese saying, “The best time to cure winter illnesses is summer, and the best time to cure summer illnesses is winter.” Winter sickness is like extremely cold ice present inside our body; if we want to melt it, we have to find a time when the environment and our body are warm. Major Heat is such a moment.

The best Chinese doctors work with nature to treat diseases, so do we as individuals. We can help our bodies recover from past issues and prepare for the transition to a safe winter if we take care of our bodies.

Living in harmony with the season: Although it may be difficult at first, or a major change for some people, our bodies will appreciate it in the long run if we can avoid eating cold foods. Cold for this purpose means colder than body temperature. In particular, foods colder than room temperature should be avoided.

It’s also good to avoid getting caught or soaked in the rain. And it’s good to have your belly covered if you find yourself in an air-conditioned room. For those who are hot, you can massage the neck to reduce the feeling of heat. Anyone (even those who are not hot) can massage the zusanli acupoint, as shown in the attached picture. The famous physician, Sun Simiao, of Tang dynasty China, lived to be over 140 years old. He said that the zusanli acupuncture point helps to strengthen one’s health and prevent disease. It is one of the main acupuncture points for longevity. It helps improve digestion, activate blood circulation and repel moisture inside one’s body, according to ancient Chinese medical theory.

Finger on point called ST36 Leg Three Miles ZUSANLI. (Monika Wisniewska/Shutterstock)

Foods to eat

  • Lamb
  • Potato
  • Yam
  • red sweet potato
  • Cumin
  • Pepper

Those with excess body heat can eat: