Introduction to the disharmony
- all of the above symptoms manifesting during summer season
“Summerheat” is a disorder that relates to the season summer and “acts” in its own season. It manifests with heat signs such as thirst, sweating and fever. Since the dampness in summer is high, as heat makes water vaporize, summer heat tends to mingle with summer dampness. Thus the physiological symptoms become a compilation between heat and damp, manifesting in diarrhea.
The herbs that clear summerheat are fever reducing, fluid producing, and have the property to alleviate thirst. Some are also diuretic. (1)
Major Chinese Herbs
Bian Dou (Dolichos lablab) is a bean, used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of summerheat, especially with pronounced diarrhea and vomiting. Dou Juan (Glycine mas) – young soybean sprout – is good for early stage summerheat or or early stage warm febrile disease. Lotus leaf – He Ye (Nelumbo nucifera) and wormwood – Qing Hao (Artemisia annua) – both have the property to treat summer heat and stop bleeding. Qing Hao is also good for malarial disorders.
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(1) Benski, Dan & Gamble, Andrew (1993). Materia Medica, Revised Edition. Seatle: Eastland Press, Incorporated
(2) Pitchford, Paul (2002). Healing with Whole Foods. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books
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