We are turning the corner from July to August and it’s hot and humid outside. Some people like it, others hate it. Many of our patients are negatively affected by the high humidity of summer. For them, summer humidity brings fatigue and body pain. Today’s blog post explains why this happens and what you can do about it.
Summer Humidity Brings Fatigue
Humid weather taxes our Spleen function. This is a Chinese medicine concept. Our spleen plays a very important role in a healthy metabolism. It’s the Spleen’s job to convert the food we eat into energy. When Spleen function is weak, two things tend to happen. First, people feel tired. They are not transforming food into energy. Second, they gain weight. Food that does not turn into energy turns into fat.
Summer Humidity Brings Body Pain
Another Chinese medicine concept is that certain factors in our external environment can invade our bodies and give us trouble. Cold invades the stomach, causing stomach and intestinal pain. Wind invades the body causing muscle spasms and twitching. Heat invades the body causing pathogenic fever. Dampness (humidity) invades the body causing muscle pain.
Dampness invasion is what many people are experiencing right now, at the height of summer. It’s so humid outside that some people who are more vulnerable to this element are feeling more body pain. More vulnerable people include those who suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic pain.
How Acupuncture Helps Reverse Fatigue and Pain
Acupuncture strengthens the Spleen. When it does, the body becomes stronger, metabolism is improved, and we are less susceptible to the effect of dampness. Specific acupuncture points prompt the body to boost Spleen function. It’s like recharging a battery. The result is feeling more energy and less body pain.
During the past week we have treated over 10 people presenting with more fatigue and pain, starting in July (when heat and humidity increased significantly). These patients received acupuncture to boost their Spleen’s ability to transform food into energy and ward off dampness to reduce body pain. Within a day or two they will start feeling the benefit of this unique treatment.
How Much Treatment Will You Need?
Now that you know why summer humidity brings fatigue and body pain, how much treatment will you need to get relief? That depends on how weak your Spleen function is. Some people just need a tune up. Others have felt the effects of Spleen Qi deficiency (that’s what we call it) for many years, and will need a series of treatments to restore proper Spleen health.
What To Expect
All needles are sterile, single-use and hair thin. You will hardly feel them. Many of our patients fall asleep during their treatment, and wake feeling relaxed. There are no negative side effects with acupuncture. And it is the most powerful treatment for your health because it treats at the root level.
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Summer Humidity Brings Fatigue and Body Pain
If you are feeling more tired lately, or have more body pain, try acupuncture. It may just provide the relief you’ve been longing for. Summer humidity brings fatigue and body pain, but acupuncture brings relief!
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