Why too much heat in your body: Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

⚡️ When working in the clinic, I’ve seen many patients come with the problems of too much heat inside the body, and these present with a wide range of symptoms, and sometimes patients do not know why or what to do about it. 

📍 Hot Body in Chinese Medicine 

When the weather is hot, we can usually find a way of cooling down, but for some people, the heat comes from inside their bodies.

Heat can build up in the body for two main reasons: too much heat or too little cold. When there is too much heat, we call ‘excessive heat’, signs such as red face and excessive sweating. Many skin conditions, such as psoriasis, urticaria, and eczema, are often caused by extreme heat.

On the other hand, if there is too little cooling, you may have signs such as night sweats, hot palms and feet. Other conditions such as dry eyes, dry itching skin, rosacea, or hot flashes are often caused by too little cooling, also called ‘deficiency heat’.

📍 The phenomenon of hot head and cold feet

When Yin energy (cooling effect) is sometimes low, it may

allow hot Yang energy to rise to the head. It can cause headaches or

outbursts of anger, ‘hot-headed’ or a ‘blazing temper’. Women are primarily liable to this rising Yang just before their periods, and every time I touch their feet, they are always cold; this can also be seen in women’s infertility or dysmenorrhea. 

❤️ TCM tips can help bring your body back in balance

👉🏻 Avoid the midday sun. Try to schedule your activities to avoid

The sun is strongest in the hottest part of the day. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

👉🏻 Drink enough water. By carrying a water bottle and sip

it throughout the day to ensure you’re hydrated.

👉🏻 Cooling foods. Certain foods have temperature. If you are already running hot, you will want to cut down on warming foods like ginger, cinnamon, and garlic. Add cooling foods to your plate, like watermelon, lemon, orange, bamboo, Bok Choy, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, mint, green tea, tofu, and seaweed.

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