May 22, 2019
Summer heat can cause insomnia
“After finishing outdoor work, I went back to an air-conditioned room quickly to escape the heat. Soon after, I felt a light fever and aversion to cold, with runny nose, cough, and sore limbs, dizziness and headache. I also woke up several time throughout the night. How can I get better soon?”
CheckCheckCin: You have symptoms of heat flu, which you are most vulnerable too when you work under the heat and head to air-conditioned room soon after. Chinese medicine believes ‘wind is the chief pathogen of all diseases’. Cold air from the air conditioner will shrink the pores and you cannot sweat out the summer heat, which can lead to water stagnation. If you are close to the air conditioner vent, it will occlude your meridians and cause body pain. People who are have summer heat colds will also suffer from insomnia. It is recommended to drink more warm water to moisten the body, avoid cold/raw food and appropriately consume ingredients that can clear heat and dispel dampness. Wear thin and breathable long-sleeved materials when you sleep to air perspiration, but ensure the temperature is not too low. The below drink can clear heat and relieve thirst. It is suitable for those who work in the hot sun.
Winter melon water with corn silk
Effects: Suitable to drink in the summer to clear heat. Relieve symptoms such as obesity, bloating, difficulty urinating and fatigue.
Ingredients: 80g fresh corn silk, 300g winter melon, 2 candied dates
Preparation: Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Peel and core winter melon and cut into pieces. Combine all ingredients with 1500ml of water and boil for 30 minutes.
Note it is cold in nature. Not suitable for pregnant or menstruating women. Those with cold stomach that have stomach issues or those with frequent urination or nocturia should drink less.