Dog days of summer (“San Fu” in Chinese) are the hottest days of the year, usually from mid July to late August. It’s believed that during this period of time, the “Yang Qi” (hot energy) in the universe reaches its peak, while the “Yin Qi” (cold energy) is at its lowest ebb.
The same concept works for the energy in the human body.
Therefore according to long-term health care and practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a widely accepted notion saying “treating winter ailments in summertime”.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these dog days of summer are the optimal time to nourish “yang energy” for winter, thus preventing or easing chronic ailments that are rooted in invasions of “pathogenic cold” in winter, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, arthritis, rheumatism and etc.
Treating winter ailments in cold weather is like drying wet clothes on a rainy day, but it’s much easier when there’s a lot of “yang energy” in the body and the universe.
The most common treatments include acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping or herbal application.
–《一伊养生健康管理中心》YiYi Wellness Clinic