Depending on where you live, the warm summer sunshine may have begun, or you may still be waiting for the warmth to arrive. Regardless of your current weather situation, there’s no denying that summer will come, and new ways to beat the heat will be on the agenda. Our herb for this summer newsletter is Xi Gua – otherwise known as watermelon. More details below!
Speaking of heat, Red Tree Wellness would like to warmly welcome to our clinic, Karyn Smith, BA, R.Ac., Dr.TCM! Karyn is a classmate of Sonia Tan’s, and not only were they in the same graduating class, but they also travelled to China together to complete their 5th year internship. Karyn has recently returned to Vancouver from her hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon. We’re thrilled to have Karyn as part of the team! For Karyn’s availability, please check our online booking calender.
Our latest seminar we are offering may be of interest to you if you are interested in natural skin health. One thing about the sunshine is that sun exposure can damage our skin if not taken care of properly. Have you wondered about Facial Acupuncture and how it can help with fine lines, wrinkles, sags and circles? Do you wonder if it will hurt and if it’s for you? Join us for a FREE question and answer seminar on Facial Acupuncture, Wednesday, June 22, 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Space is limited, so sign-up is required to reserve your spot! Please see our flyer for more information on questions covered.
Summer is the time of the element of Fire which is related to the organ and meridian systems of the Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and the Triple Warmer. In this season Fire is predominant, which in nature manifests as warmth and heat, growth and development. Our spirit becomes energized and we feel a greater life-force coursing through our bodies. The Yang Qi (warming and activating Qi) becomes exuberant at this time, in harmony with nature’s rising fire. External environments affect us as we are like sponges and tidal waters, absorbing energy, and affected by energy. So internally, if our body is not able to manage this heat in nature well, we may begin to feel internally too hot, profuse or abnormal sweating, very thirsty, and may begin to have some internal organs dry up such as our bowels.
Xi Gua (Fructus Citrulli Vulgaris) whose common name is watermelon fruit , has been used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine, not only in a herbal form for medicine, but also, as a food remedy, particularly in the summer. One of the functions is to clear summerheat and generate fluids, especially with those people with significant thirst and dry heaves. Watermelon also promotes urination and expels jaundice. Thus Xi Gua or watermelon, is an excellent herb and fruit to have in the summer, to combat the heat externally, by cooling our body internally and re-hydrating it. Drink or eat 1 cup’s worth for full effect and enjoy! If you are not finding your internal body temperature is functionally normally, and experience with night sweats, dry mouth or constant thirst, difficult urination or dark urine, you may need a more potent herbal dose, in which case, seeing your TCM practitioner.
Above all this summer, enjoy living with the harmony of nature with the rise of Fire, life growth, and expansion of our Spirit.
Sonia F. Tan
BA, BA(H), DTCM, R.Ac, R.TCM.P.