The Dog Days of Summer

Apr 2, 2019 | News

Let’s just start off by saying that we are huge fans of dogs here at BOP. (No disrespect to our feline loving friends out there. All of the four legged are friends.)

We are not however big fans of the “Dog Days of Summer.” The “Dog Days” typically run from late July into and through the month of August. They are characterized by an increase in heat and humidity which results in an increase in lethargy, inactivity, fever, and bad luck. So, if you find that you have been struggling these days with any of the above, you are not alone, nor are you making it up. The struggle is real people!

I’m sure it will also come as no surprise to you, but TCM has a firm grasp on what’s going on and, more importantly, how to help fix it.

As I mentioned before TCM contains five seasons. The extra one is called “Late Summer” and we are in the heart of it. Late Summer is characterized by, wait for it, an increase in Dampness, i.e., moisture/humidity related imbalances, fevers, and low energy. We honestly couldn’t make this up if we tried.

Late Summer, just like all the other seasons, is associated with a set of organ systems. The Yin organ system is the Pericardium. The Pericardium is very similar to the Heart in function, with the exception that it serves to wrap and protect the Heart. The really interesting organ system of Late Summer is called the Triple Burner, or San Jiao. Since this is probably the most foreign to many of you, we will spend the majority of this month delving deeply into the mysteries of this rarest of organ systems.

So, follow along with us on Facebook or Instagram and be sure to encourage your friends to do the same. Or, don’t tell them about us at all and then blow their minds with all your TCM knowledge! (And then, when they ask, you can tell them.)

And in addition to all the above info and regular features on exercise, meditation, and herbs, we will be going in depth on how you can effectively use this time of the year to prepare for the upcoming cold and flu season. I don’t think we need to remind you that the school year is literally just around the corner!

Thanks again and here’s to Staying On Point!