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Summer Solstice and Tips for Protecting Yourself from Summer Heat


One of the deepest insights of the human body from Chinese medicine is the appreciation of the body in the every changing cycles of seasonal climate changes. The heat and the cold of the Solstices, the winds and patterns of weather that occur throughout the year, these are all observed and adjusted to accordingly with slight changes in diet, lifestyle, and treatment. The solstices and equinoxes are notable times to re-calibrate ourselves to the universe and to our own self-care.

The human body is a delicate and dynamic system that requires constant attention and fine tuning, so during extremes, we should apply extra care to ensure we aren't injured or harmed by the dramatic peaks of seasonal changes. We will look at some traditional views of the Summer Solstice, recommend some teas and foods to help the body manage the heat, and some general recommendations to protect your body's delicate balance and longevity.

From a Chinese lunar calendar viewpoint, Summer solstice, June 21, is actually the peak of Summer, and the beginning of the end of the dominance of Yang for the year. From an astronomical viewpoint, the solstice is the longest day of the year, and every day from here until the Winter solstice will become shorter and shorter, with less and less light and heat.