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.
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.
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.
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.
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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