Stomach/Spleen Meridians affect, among other things, sinus congestion, and headaches on the forehead (a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head.

Stomach/Spleen Meridians affect, among other things, sinus congestion, and headaches on the forehead (a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head.

Year after year, a few weeks before the season changes, we see symptoms coming in. In Oriental Medicine, there is a season called “late summer.” And, it will be here soon!

The interesting part of this story is late summer brings on symptoms we all call “food poisoning,” or a “summer cold.” In Oriental Medicine, we have seasons that correspond with Meridians. The Spleen and Stomach Meridians will be focused in August. Oriental Medicine has in its corner thousands of years of watching people and their symptoms, matching them with the seasons…and all these years later, the explanations still apply. In my practice, I find these tried and true “seasons” help make my focus on patients and their symptoms a bit easier. After 15 years in practice, I still see it…the same symptoms and problems every season – 2 weeks before the changes occur.

Stomach/Spleen Meridians work with digesting food, building blood, and transforming and transporting nutrients. It deals with dampness (heavy feeling), sinus congestions, headaches on the forehead (a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head), muscle cramps and aches, edema, diarrhea, nausea and phlegm. These are the problems my patients are coming in for help with regularly right now.

The flavor of the season: SWEET

The flavor of this season is sweet. People LOVE ice cream this time of year. Ice cream is damp in nature. Also causes our blood sugar to drop during the night. If you eat it – do so after dinner – and add nuts. Or eat a protein with it (eggs, cheese, and meat).

Eating tips for your best health in late summer

The best foods for the next two months are barley, celery, clams, adzuki beans, garlic, green onions, green tea, horseradish, lettuce, mushrooms, parsley, pumpkin and radishes. Incorporate them in your daily diet. Horseradish is great for sinus congestion.


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I was prone to getting migraine headaches at least 1 every 2 to 3 weeks that would last anywhere from 3 to 5 days. This went on for over 20 years with going to every type of doctor and having all kinds of tests run and having taken all kinds of medications, which I am sure have not helped in the rest of my health. When I started coming to Debra Gaffney, I had very poor health, was tired all the time, nervous, not confident in myself, very quiet and just plain out of it. Since I have been getting acupuncture and allergy treatments starting July 14, 1999 from Ms. Gaffney, I have had only 1 migraine which only lasted 1 day and went away with the use of aspirin and laying down for a short nap. I look a lot better and am not as nervous or as tired as I used to be. Also, I have more confidence in myself.

R.H.


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