In Chinese Medicine, there are multiple Patterns of Heat Syndrome so this post will not cover all the various diagnoses. In this instance, our TCM Diagnosis is Summer Heat, with Treatment Principle to Replenish Yin (fluids) to clear Heat.
Symptoms may extend anywhere along the continuum (Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke) from the ones listed above that I was experiencing that day, all the way to symptoms of Heat Stroke, resulting in red skin, profuse sweating, confusion or delirium, lethargy and high fever. This is a true emergency so you will need to seek medical advice ASAP!
- Drink, drink, drink! I enjoy coconut water (fresh coconut water is ideal and a lovely treat, but avoid those packaged with added sugar). Other options include your favorite sports drink (watch sugar content as well), popsicles, fruit-infused water, mint or cucumber infused water, chrysanthemum flower tea (you can find this in the Oriental grocery store), and fruits with a high water content (such as cucumber, melons, berries).
- Take a cool shower, jump in the pool, &/or apply a cold rag/ice-pack to back of neck or forehead . I always keep on hand in the freezer those eye masks that you can whip out in a flash; a bag of frozen peas/veggies work well too :-)
- Avoid hot, spicy, greasy foods, warm spices like ginger, cinnamon, garlic and pepper, and definitely avoid alcoholic beverages which tend to dehydrate.
- See your local acupuncturist as we do have acupuncture points and Chinese herbal formulas that can help to Clear Heat.
"The thing with heat is no matter how cold you are and no matter how much you need warmth, it always eventually becomes too much". (Victoria Aveyard)
In good health;
Dr. Audrey Steele
Licensed Acupuncture Physician