Moxibustion (ai jiu) & the 12th Chinese solar term — da shu (大暑)

The twelfth Chinese Solar Term is called ” Da Shu”, “Greater Heat”. It’s the sixth Solar term in Summer of the year. It comes on 22/07/2021. 

This is the hottest period of a year. In the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, there is correspondence between human and nature. During this Solar term, the Yang Qi, also known as ‘Yang Energy’, in nature stays at high level, this happens in human body as well.

It can be very humid in some places for about two weeks or so. It should be important to invigorate Spleen and eliminate dampness. This is a good time to help chronic conditions related to digestive system as well.

According to one of the most well known healing principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) — Winter diseases get cared in Summer, this is the golden time of a year for curing / helping chronic conditions get worse in winter, and for diseases prevention.

In this season, moxibustion would be one of the most popular and effective therapies in TCM. It’s also one of the easiest ones for people to carry out at home.

The following acupuncture points could be used with moxibustion therapy for regimen and healthcare in this season.

Jue Yin Shu, also called ‘Pericardium Shu, UB 14, BL-14’

Gao Huang, also called ‘UB43, BL-43’

Pi Shu, also known as ‘BL 20’, ‘UB 20’

Cheng Shan, also called ‘Supporting Mountain, UB 57, BL-57’

Shen Shu, also known as ‘BL 23’, ‘UB 23’

Nei Guan, also known as ‘Inner Gate’, ‘P 6’, ‘Pericardium-6’

Shen Que, also known as ‘Spirit’s Gate, CV 8,’

Zu San Li, also known as ‘ST 36, ST-36’ 

Feng Long, also known as ‘ Abundant Bulge, ST 40, ST-40’

Ying Ling Quan, also known as ‘SP 9’, ‘Spleen 9’

San Yin Jiao, also known as ‘SP 6’, ‘Spleen 6’

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