In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are six factors from the environment that contribute to illness and cause imbalances in our body. They are:
We, as part of nature, constantly contact with these natural factors. Under normal condition, our body can adapt to the environmental changes, however, if the harmonious relationship between human beings and nature is broken, an imbalanced body will become unable to adapt itself to the changes, leading to the occurrence of disease. Under such condition, the six natural climatic factors become pathogenic factors. These factors can be either external (exogenous) or internal (endogenous) and both are interrelated. External factors are often the cause or triggers of internal factors.
Summer Heat 暑
Pertaining to Yang, Summer, Fire element, Heart, summer-heat usually appears after summer solstice and before autumn solstice. The attack by summer-heat is either due to hot weather or due to low adaptability of the body to the climate changes.
Summer-heat is characterized by the following features：
Endogenous Summer Heat
Please refer to Endogenous Fire.
To recover from summer-heat invasion, we need cooling and calming foods and herbs.