Ancient Chinese Secret 5/5 (38)

Last week, I sent almost all of my patients home with the SAME herbal prescription. Not from my pharmacy but from the grocery store.  Not a “special” grocery store, but a regular ole’ Idaho grocery store…

It was 95 degrees in Boise over the weekend and the whole town came to life–riding bikes, mowing lawns, golfing, and playing in the park. Where I live, we don’t take a beautiful day for granted. When it is nice outside–EVERYONE tries to take advantage because Idaho is definitely a four-season state. You have to enjoy great weather while you can!

I found an interesting correlation when I started treating patients after the weekend.

#1: Patients who normally do not have an issue with their spleen channel unanimously presented with excess.

#2: Almost everyone complained of edema.

In Chinese medicine, the Spleen is in charge of transformation and transportation.

  • Transformation: It takes the food that we eat and transforms it into qi and blood.
  • Transportation: The spleen is in charge of transporting fluids through the body and keeping the waterways working well.

When the spleen is functioning properly, it easily separates the pure and impure fluids in the digestive system. The pure (usable) fluids are sent to the lungs, and the impure (unusable) fluids are directed to the intestines. When there is dysfunction in the spleen channel, the fluids are not transformed and transported correctly, which leads to EDEMA.

Summerheat is a common condition in Chinese medicine which presents when someone has been overly exposed to the sun. Symptoms may include:

Fever Poor Appetite
Thirst Sweating
Dark Urine Bloating
Edema Headache
Dizziness Nausea

The Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine describes many degrees and variations of summerheat–each of which can cause extreme havoc on the body. In western medical thinking, an extreme case of summerheat, may be seen as sunstroke. The underlying cause is exposure to hot, summer weather.

So, you may be wondering what Chinese herb I prescribed to my patients? It was WATERMELON!

Xi gua, watermelon fruit, is listed in the Materia Medica as the best, single herb to relieve summerheat. Because watermelon is sweet, bland and cold, it clears heat from both the lung and stomach. Additionally, it resolves summerheat, relieves irritability, stops thirst, and increases urination. Most Chinese herbs are not pleasant tasting. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice cold piece of watermelon? This is one herb that tastes great and works BEST when eaten fresh or made into juice.

Now is the time to educate your patients. Teach them that eating watermelon all summer long is a PREVENTATIVE measure to avoid symptoms of summerheat. They will love you for sharing this great little ‘ancient Chinese secret.’ Your patients will love you AND you just might be the topic of conversation all around town as people sit around enjoying their WATERMELON.

Have a great day!

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Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac. is a US licensed acupuncturist in the state of Idaho and certified in the treatment of acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Kimberly wears multiple hats in the acupuncture community. She owns her private clinic, Meridian Family Acupuncture. She has spent the last 10 years working for Miridia Technology as an acupuncture Research Analyst–where she helps plan, develop, and integrate modern diagnostic and treatment tools for the ever-evolving scientific world of acupuncture. Kimberly is a world-renown teacher, blogger, columnist, and mentor in the acupuncture community.

7 Replies to “Ancient Chinese Secret

  1. KIMBERLY, você é ótima, moro no Brasil, e sou admirador do seu trabalho. Sou profissional da área de saúde há mais de 30 anos, trabalho com medicina chinesa há mais ou menos 20 anos, com Hotoxicologia há varios, além de outras formas de tratamento. tenho o software de Auriculo, mas estou esperando a versão 3D em portugues.
    Acredito que muitos profissionais, estão aprendendo muito com você.
    Fico aguardando as suas postagens, pois acho sempre muito interessantes.

    English: Kimberly, you’re great, I live in Brazil, and I am an admirer of his work. I’m a professional health care for over 30 years, working with Chinese medicine for about 20 years, with several Hotoxicologia there, and other forms of treatment. I auriculo software, but I’m waiting for the 3D version in Portuguese.
    I believe that many professionals are learning a lot from you.
    I am waiting for your posts, because I always very interesting.

  2. Hi Kimberly,
    Thank you for this, I will surely be sharing this with my patients this summer (still cool here in Canada, lol!) Your posts are always interesting and helpful and I always look forward to them…thanks!

  3. You’re spot on Kimberly. Here in China as soon as summer comes everyone eats watermelon. It’s sold on the streets in slices and is very popular. Restaurants also serve plates of it at the end of meals (not necessarily the best time to eat it though) and the fruit markets have them by the truckload. We have some in the fridge right now, but we take it out and wait before eating it, as super cold watermelon can be too cold for some people, like kids.

  4. Watermelon is the most common everyday fruit during the summer in Greece,too. People eat it after meals, also as a snack and even as a meal itself, watermelon with feta cheese…

    1. Yes, there are multiple ways to stimulate an acupuncture point. You can use needles, magnets, laser, magnets, heat, massage, etc. That is one of the great things about our medicine. There are MANY ways to treat individual patients.

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