By mid summer, the growth spur has reached its peak. Nature enters the transformation stage by nourishing our body and Qi energy. This is where our spleen comes in; our spleens govern the transformation, absorption of essence and Qi from the nutrients we consume. Through the process of metabolism of nutrients we consumed and energy transformation, the spleen helps to ensure the vitality of the body.
While the heat from the early summer Yang energy gradually dissipates and we are still exposed to a hot and wet environment. In TCM, dampness is a Yin disposition and tends to accumulates in the lower part of our body and creates a blockage for the yang energy.
To relieve the uncomfortable dampness and heat, consume warm and cooked food items that helps with the raising of Yang energy. Bitter gourds, winter melon, cucumber and bean curds, mung bean helps to reduce summer heat. For clearing dampness, consume some water melon, azuki beans and barley while Chinese chives, eggplant, lychee, longan, mango and peach can help with raising of Yang energy.
Recommended Infusion: San Hua Three Flower Tisane (Cooling Yin recipe).