Issue 60, July 2016, London

A yang-ful time of year

In Chinese medicine, the summer is associated with joy and vitality, which isn't too hard to understand. The garden truly comes alive with a sea of colours and the break from school or work can signal a respite from the daily grind. For those who wisely choose to go away later in September, they get a double whammy of feeling like they're on holiday twice.

Summer is the season of the Chinese medicine Heart. Summer represents the expansive nature of movement and delight, and life and energies are at its peak. It is a time for abundance in the natural world and so it should also be in our minds. Like plants who have been cultivated in the spring, now is the time for growth. It is a time for joy.

The Heart in Chinese medicine is in charge of the mind and awareness, consciousness and Shen. Shen is the Chinese medicine term for Spirit which describes the inner vitality and psyche, not to be mistaken for the religious soul. When the Shen is strong and well nourished, the mind is also strong. Eyes are bright and the complexion is radiant. The Chinese phrase "heart matters" (心事,xin shi) can be translated as "something on the mind" which shows the importance of mental and emotional factors affecting the delicate harmony of the Heart system.

The Heart needs peace to function well, if there is agitation the Heart function is weakened, leading to anxiety and unrest. Thinking can become confused and chaotic. Often the person may alternate from sudden tiredness to enthusiasm for life to melancholy. This swing of emotions can further exhaust the body and needs to be balanced through acupuncture or herbs.

At home, self awareness and moderation is key. Rest and relaxation is important to cool down "inner" heat as is trying to avoid a constant heavy workload. Stress and anger are obvious undesirables but interestingly, so is extreme joy. Going to bed before 11pm will also help.

Avoid acrid spices and caffeine overload. Have your fill of cherries, watermelon, pineapple, and if you enjoy it, cool down with some green tea this summer.

+ Taking care of your Chinese medicine heart


Swoodle aka Sweet potato yaki soba

Over on my blog, The Happy Acupuncturist, there is a delicious Sweet Potato Yaki Soba recipe from the lovely Marie of Bain-Marie. Marie is a conscious food chef and writer based in London and her recipe uses what she calls “swoodles” or spiralised sweet potato noodles. A delightfully refreshing and healthy dish, it's perfect for the summer days. See the recipe.



"I am at two with nature."

"To me the outdoors is what you must pass through in order to get from your apartment into a taxicab." -- Fran Lebowitz

Being born in July, I have a very selfish reason for liking the summer - but truth be told, spring and autumn are probably more my kind of seasons, although I do love the cheer of a winter sky lit up with festive lights. Okay, I guess I like all four seasons because they're not permanent.

Living in a city like London, it may seem strange to not embrace the first signs of sunshine but I've learnt that there are actually quite a few of you out there who would rather not bake in the sun and sit in the park. Here's an article just for you: Five excuses for staying inside when it's nice out (and the comments section is great too!).




Thank you for letting me know that the link to my Q&A about acupuncture in last month's newsletter didn't work for some of you. Here it is again - apologies for the mistake.

Why Have Acupuncture? Q&A with Ka Hang Leoungk - Please do share with others who are new to acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

+ How does acupuncture work? (Thanks Mitesh for pointing this article out to me.)




If you have been kind enough to refer someone to me – I want to say a big THANK YOU. That is the highest compliment and it’s warmly appreciated every time.


Other news: Booking your appointment

Remember you can book your appointments by calling the location at Covent Garden or King's Road, or contacting me directly via email or text, whichever is easiest for you.

Neal's Yard Therapy Rooms, Covent Garden 020 7379 7662
Neal's Yard Therapy Rooms, King's Road 020 7225 2050

More info about the two locations here.

And finally...

Kaleigh is a little six year old with a fighting spirit who was been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour two months ago. You can read more about her story here.

If you're a UK resident or citizen, please take a moment of your time to sign this petition, and share with your friends and family. This is something very close to my heart and all your help is much appreciated.

Ka Hang Leoungk
Managing Editor, Pointspace

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