Is Chinese medicine hot or cold?

Context: It is common sense that chewing a mint leaf can cause a cooling feeling, while chewing ginger root will produce a burning feeling. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this phenomenon is referred to as ‘cold/hot’ properties of herbs.

What does it mean in Chinese medicine to be cold?

Expel the pathogens. Decide whether symptoms are “hot” or “cold.” In Chinese Medicine “cold” symptoms include sneezing, runny nose with clear or white phlegm, itchy throat, coughing up clear or white mucus, and an achy body.

What is heat Chinese medicine?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), “a heat” is a common diagnosis that we refer to as a summer-heat pathogen or summer-heat. Summer-heat has a seasonal relationship with the summer months, and we only see it during the period between the summer solstice and the beginning of autumn.

Is Yin hot or cold?

Yin, Yang & Aging

Yang Qualities Yin Qualities
Hot/Warm Cold/Cool
Dry Moist
Day Night
Summer Winter

What does too much heat mean in Chinese medicine?

Heat causes proliferation and expansion. Too much heat can lead to fever, itching, irritability, and inflammatory conditions. Common symptoms include: A reddened face and eyes.

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How do you know if you’re warm or cold?

If your body is heaty, you might have a flushed complexion. Acne outbreaks are very common symptoms of heatiness in the body. You may also have a dry mouth, bad breath, sore throat, and constipation. When passing urine, the color may often be dark or yellow due to the build-up of toxins.

What does cold hands and feet mean in Chinese medicine?

Cold hands and feet

This means poor blood circulation in the limbs as a result of energy depletion. In this situation, the body reduces blood supply to less important areas such as the digestive tract, hands, and feet in order to safeguard supply to critical organs such as the brain and heart.

How does Chinese Medicine release heat from the body?

How to balance excess heat:

  1. Reduce hot foods and drinks, pungent spices such as chilli and dry ginger, red meat and oily foods.
  2. Eliminate chemical food additives, coffee and alcohol.
  3. Eat more salads, raw food, green smoothies, bitter vegetables and herbs.
  4. Do regular fasting and detoxfication to reduce excess heat.

How does Chinese medicine remove heat from the body?

There are also certain spices and herbs recommended by TCM to reduce heat from the body, among them include mint, coriander, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fennel. Avoid spices such as cayenne pepper, chilli peppers and mustard seeds.

What causes damp-heat Chinese medicine?

The occurrence of damp-heat is based on water and wetness, which may come from outside or may be caused by internal damage. The water and wetness can change into heat if they are stored in the body for a long period, and the combination of water and wetness and heat may cause damp-heat syndrome.

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