Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Foods and Acupuncture 

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Summer in Chinese Medicine is a Yang season and associated with the HEART organ and the color for the heart is red.

The heart in Chinese Medicine houses the Spirit, which means mental faculties like: memory,  anxiety and insomnia can be attributed to the heart function, in addition to regular Western function of pumping blood.

Conditions like high blood pressure, irritability and skin conditions (in the summer) can be attributed to the heart functions in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. The emotion for the heart is laughter. If someone laughs inappropriately and very frequently, that may be a sign of a heart imbalance. The heart has a close relationship with the Kidneys and Small Intestine (its yang pared organ).

Acupuncture can treat conditions like: heart palpitation, insomnia, irritability and acute and chronic stress and other summer related symptoms.

 Because summer is a very hot season, it is important to eat foods that are cooling and generate fluids. Too much heat in the body can lead to restlessness, insomnia, and irritability, as well as skin disorders. Because red color is the summer color it is a great idea to eat red foods as they benefits the organ and very appropriate for keeping balance in the Summer. 

Tomatoeshave cooling properties and can help with anemia and help digestion. Can lower high blood pressure and benefit the heart. It have a lot of vitamins and minerals , antioxidants and benefit prostate health. Tomatoes are good raw or  in a form of souse.   Organic tomatoes and tomato products are much more potent, so you benefits increase.  

Tomatoes are good for the eyes, act as powerful inhibitors of different cancers: breast, prostate and lung. Being a good source of carotenoid called Lycopene contained in tomatoes is an inhibitor to heart disease many cancers types

red peppers for the heartRed Peppers are also a good source of lycopene which helps prevent prostate cancer as well ans bladder and cervix as well as pancreatic and lung cancers related to smoking and second hand smoke.

Water Melon has cooling properties and upon urination passes through small intestine the Yang pared organ of the Heart. Even though cucumber is green it also has cooling properties and will benefits

Beets can also be included in your diet. They are high in vitamins A and C.  This vegetable can help your liver and gallbladder as well as energize your immune system and enhance your athletic performance.  Beats can reduce inflammation and if eaten regularly can reduce your bad cholesterol by 30% and help during pregnancy by strengthening the blood.

 Beats can be juiced, steamed or eaten raw. They help with building and purifying blood, help heart health, guard against many cancers, especially colon cancer

In the next issue we will discuss exercising in the summer.  

Please visit our website for more info. or call 212-533-1192

(if you have a medical condition and or take medications, please discus exercising with your doctor)

Be Well
Mark Moshchinsky, L.Ac(NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC