1st Workshop (in Japanese)
2nd Workshop (in Japanese)
3rd Workshop ~Autumn version~ (in English)
4th Workshop ~Winter version~ (in English)
5th Workshop ~Spring version~ (in English)
Started with Yin & Yang as usual, I added tongue diagnosis this time.
If you have an experience with Japanese Summer, you probably know the problem is its dampness.
So I introduced two typical tongue types (damp heat & damp retention) one tends to get when he/she accumulates too much dampness internally.
For the explaination of dampness in traditional East Asian Medicine, please refer to Patricia’s infographic.
(Sometimes, the link gets cut off.)
I also introduced “Salt moxa on umblicus” as a way to restore Yang and diffuse damp. As a demo, I got one volunteer to try this salt moxa.
Then, I explained the five element as usual.
According to the five element theory, summer is the season associated with the heart.
The heart could easily over work in the hot environment.
The heart in traditional East Asian medicine rules not just cardiovascular functions, but also mind and spirit.
When the heart is balanced, the mind and spirit is calm.
When the heart is imbalanced, the mind and spirit is disturbed.
This can manifest as nervousness, stress, anxiety, insomnia, autonomic imbalances, heartburn and confusion, red complexion, poor memory and speech problems.
I also introduced the typical tongue type when heart gets too much heat.
I discussed about the way to deal with dampness and heart heat.
Many foods in summer have power to deal with dampness and heart heat. That’s one reason traditional East Asian medicine emphasizes the importance of foods in season.
Some examples are;
Goya (Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd):
The bitter flavor of Goya helps to cool down heart heat.
Togan (Winter Melon or Wax Gourd):
Togan is effective in getting rid of dampness.
Myoga (Japanese Ginger):
Myoga is also effective in getting rid of dampness, and also protects you from getting too cool by eating cooling summer foods.
Cookpad has some recipes in English. Try searching these vegetables.
But, you always have to remember the basic rule; balance is important & too much of anything would harm your health.
Have a wonderful healty summer!