SUMMER FUN IN THE SUN
Summer heat, internal and external, can trigger some hyperactivity in cleansing symptoms for people in general. Those who are on The Unique Healing Program will most usually have a more heightened awareness of this pattern. These symptoms usually begin a few weeks before the official start of Summer, which is June 21st. So, here are some symptoms that I am experiencing, have experienced and hear about from others. But first one thing…
CHINESE MEDICINE 101
The assigned element for Summer is Fire and the two organs directly effected are the Heart and Small Intestines. The Fire element effects everything in the body, but especially the assigned element of Wood and the Liver and Gallbladder. Wood is the assigned element in the Spring. Okay, so fire burns wood and the heat can cause a combustive type of reaction. Short tempers, inflammations, skin rashes, blisters. Things suddenly appearing, like a fire erupting “seemingly” out of nowhere. This is one description of summer tendencies.
SYMPTOMS OF ALL KINDS
Skin rashes: I have a skin rash that repeatedly shows up on my hand. It is located where some refer to as the lobster claw area, right between the thumb and the index finger. It gets very leathery feeling and looks inflamed. This has come and gone over the past year and few months. The area corresponds with the Lung and Large Intestines. Lungs and Heart – Large Intestines and Small Intestines. So, the heart and lungs work very tightly together and so do the Small and Large Intestines.
The assigned element for Lung and Large Intestines is metal and the active season is Fall. My facial skin flare ups are not cystic acne, and rather mild. The location of my breakouts harken back to my twenties. I tend to get some clogged pores in my nose and chin. Lately my nose is peeling. Not related to sun exposure. Had this last year when starting UHP and in years past. The nose is related to the heart. Especially the tip, and the sides of the nose are related to the lungs. Many people have an enlarged heart through over consumption of sweets, cheap fats, alcohol, prescription, over the counter and recreational drugs. The nose can be swollen, red or purple with broken capillaries. It is not a healthy look and NOT always indicative of alcohol and drug addiction.
HEAD AND SCALP
I have had some tiny bumps I can feel all on a few parts of the surface of my head. Sort of small pimples. More noticeable has been the feeling of my scalp being sensitive. I have to touch it to notice this. A bruised feeling. More on the top left side. This is somewhat related to hair loss.
Hair falling out has had a repeat performance for some at this seasonal change. Lessening carbs of all kinds MAY help. Taking in more mineral rich foods can help. Seaweeds such as Dulce, Kelp, Nori, Arame, Wakame are the major ones. Ask Donna Pessin if more Calcium may help this issue? This is a tough one that I do not have a whole lot of personal experience with. My hair loss was pretty minimal last year at this time.
Recent sleep disruption has been a mild throw back to when I started The Unique Healing Program in March of 2013. I still sleep better than I did last year and for years previous to starting The UHP. I have noticed that the heat of summer, we do have air conditioning, has helped bump up theses feelings of agitation. Again, the temperature here in the desert can be in the triple digits for two months during the summer. Also, interrupted sleep is linked to brewing or full fledged cardiovascular problems. Insomnia of all kinds is prevalent among all age groups today. It once was connected to people over 65. Maybe 50? Not sure about that one.
Today sleep meds are advertised everywhere targeting people of all ages. Not a good sign. Some of the ads, I have specifically noticed, are targeted at people in their 20’s to 30’s. The TV commercials before the Insomnia ones are for Starbuck’s or some other kind of coffee – soda stimulant. Now that is a set up if I ever saw one. A Harvard Medical website has something. Here is a medical link if you are interested.
ANOTHER ASIDE HERE
The Heart and Small Intestines are most active between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm. Often when heart attacks occur. I have repeatedly noticed that with the intensified heat of the summer, I feel a bit tired at some point during this time. This is also magnified by getting less sleep and getting up super early during the heat here in the So Cal Desert. I observed this same pattern last year to a much greater extent. Taking a short nap during this 11am to 3pm time for as little as 20 to 30 minutes can really give me a big lift. Harder for those to do in an office setting. I hear from friends they are finding ways. Ten minutes of a closed eye meditation will help.
I have had a tiny blister appear and disappear at the tip of my tongue a few times since May. Try to find a link somewhere to explain that a bit more. Found it. Traditional Asian Medicine says the Tongue opens to the heart. So, talking all the time and not talking at all are indications of some kind of heart / circulatory disturbance. No, it is not just a personality issue. I have seen this change in people when they get they begin to get their health in balance. There are two extreme cases: People that won’t shut up, and those that need a pulse check to see if someone is in there.
Blisters, blisters everywhere. Blisters that come unexpectedly or that come easily with mild or no contact with another surface. I had one on my had appear out of nowhere in the area of the Lobster Claw I mentioned before. It really hurt and felt hard. Also, one has appeared next to my tailbone. The tailbone one has come and gone quickly. Does not have to do with floor exercises or anything like that. Internal heat. Definitely a gut – acidity issue. Location, location, location.
NERVOUS SYSTEM IRRITATION
I am not having this as much this year, but ear and eye sensitivities can get pretty riled up with this season of intensified heat and sun. If you feel the sun is annoying, not just the heat but the visual brightness, and your sense of hearing is easily tweaked, you are not alone. The sale of sunglasses is huge. Headphones are not only used for listening, but also to buffer noise and to put off social contact, as well. Connect the dots.
FEET and LEGS
Feet can have extra callus on them and it is not always due to walking in bare feet or sandals. We cleanse through our skin, hence heavy foot callus happens at other times of the year. Gravity alone has something to do with that. Toxins descend toward the legs and feet. With weak circulation being a universal problem, it is easy for toxins to to settle in our lower extremities. Doing some kind of Yoga Body Inversion is really beneficial for the legs – circulation, anytime of year. Lying down on the floor and putting your lower legs on the seat of a chair, or over the bed. This is a very easy way to do an inversion. An energy refresher that works for tired legs and just feeling plain tired.
I have not had a full blown Cystitis [bladder infection] while on The UHP, but I have noticed that my urine can feel more warm, moving toward hot on many occasions. This is especially true at the end of the day. As a quick aside Cantharsis 3oc has been a great help to me for Cystitis in the past. Good to have on hand and I have taken it as soon as I feel any inkling of sensitivity peeing, etcetera. It really is worth trying if bladder infections are something you are experiencing as you cleanse. It is a crutch of the highest order, but a good one. Here is another Homeopathic page for other remedies for Bladder Infections.
I do want to mention that there can be a peak and lag in appetite during seasonal changes. These can be a heads up for bacterial changes in the gut. It is for me. Last year and this past spring I was having mild nausea along with lack of appetite. This summer, just a lack of interest in eating. This is all triggered by more than the external heat of the season.
PAIN OF ALL KINDS
Pain is something that can worsen whenever there is a change of season and more toxins are being released from organs, tissues, etcetera. More Clay : ) and Calcium supplementation is helpful. Again, lowering carb consumption helps me. Especially the more reactive ones, such as sugar, fruit, wheat. If you drink wine and alcohol, these two can be highly problematic. Much of these substances are what we often gravitate towards at this time of year.
BLOATING AND OTHER GUT CHANGES
Feeling water retention and gut distention is really annoying and may be part of what you are experiencing as things get hotter and more humid, or more dry. A few things that can churn that pot are fermented foods, yeasted breads and baked goods, alcohol – beer, sugar, spicy foods and condiments. You do not want to put something that rises and expands into a gut environment that is already is gassy. Don’t underestimate what you are eating as a major trigger for these symptoms. The foods are not the cause, but these substances are a catalyst. They can pack a powerful punch at this hotter time of year. They may need to be avoided for only a short time. Not eating them until the bloat subsides and then eating them less regularly – not everyday.
Do In belly self massage is one way to cope with bloat as a crutch. This video is pretty good. It says for constipation, but is good for gas and bloating, as well.