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Cooling Acupuncture Points for Summer

Cooling Acupuncture Points for Summer

During the heat of the summer the first thing we think of to cool off is ice…..ice tea, ice cream, iced lattes, and the list goes on.  In Chinese medicine we encourage cooling the body down in gentler way rather than freezing our insides.  One way is to eat cooling food – cucumber, watermelon, chrysanthemum tea, green leafy lettuce, spinach and eggplant.  Another way is to press cooling points.  There are acupuncture points in the body that have the affect of clearing heat (ie. cooling the body).  They are easy to locate and press.

Pericardium 3

Pericardium 3

 

PC 3 – located at the inner elbow next to the large tendon on the inside of the body.

This point is especially good for sun stroke and can be used for skin eruptions or anxiety caused by heat.

 

 

Heart 8

Heart 8

 

Ht 8 – located on the palm between the pinky and ring finger, when you make a fist it is the point where the little finger rests.

Press this point if  summer heat is causing thirst, restlessness, insomnia or tongue ulcers.

 

 

 

Large Intestine 4

Large Intestine 4

 

Li 4 – located between the thumb and forefinger webbing.

Press this point for allergy symptoms, common cold and headache. Clears heat from the head.  Do not press if pregnant.

 

 

 

Large Intestine 11

Large Intestine 11

 

Li 11 – located at the outer end of the elbow crease.

This point clears heat when there is sweating, skin eruptions, burning urination and fever.

 

 

 

 

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The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed health care professional before adding any therapy, exercise, herb or supplement to your diet or health regime.
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