Dog Days Healing Arts | 冬病夏治“三伏贴”

Dog Days Healing Arts | 冬病夏治“三伏贴”

Dog Days Healing Arts
冬病夏治“三伏贴”

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San Fu Tie (三伏贴) is a traditional Chinese medical therapy originating from the Qing Dynasty. Based on the principle of “treating winter illnesses in summer,” it involves directly applying herbal patches to acupuncture points during the hottest days of the year, known as the San Fu (三伏) days. Through the stimulation of acupuncture points by the herbs and the conduction and regulation via meridians, this method can correct the imbalance of yin and yang in internal organs, improve the circulation of qi and blood in the meridians, and exert a gentle therapeutic and regulatory effect on the physiological functions and pathological states of the internal organs. Consequently, it aims to strengthen the body’s surface to ward off external pathogens, remove toxins, unblock meridians to support internal organs, and expel evil to strengthen the body.

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三伏贴又称三伏天灸,是一种源于清朝的中医疗法,以“冬病夏治”为原理,在一年中最炎热的三伏天以中药直接贴敷于穴位,经由中药刺激体表穴位,通过经络的传导和调整,可纠正脏腑阴阳的偏衰,改善经络气血的运行,对五脏六腑的生理功能和病理状态产生良好的、温和的治疗和调整作用,从而达到以肤固表、以表托毒、以经通脏、以穴驱邪
和扶正强身的目。

Why Treat Winter Illnesses in Summer?

The practice of “treating winter illnesses in summer” aligns with the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) philosophy of “preventing diseases before they occur.” This principle is rooted in the idea of “correspondence between man and nature,” which suggests that the fluctuations of yin and yang, as well as qi and blood in the human body, change with the seasons. Consequently, the occurrence and treatment of diseases should also adapt to these seasonal variations.

Many illnesses that frequently occur in winter are primarily due to inherent yang deficiency, exacerbated by external cold pathogens. The hottest period of the year, known as San Fu, is when the body’s yang energy is at its peak. By leveraging this time when both the environment and the body have the highest yang energy and when diseases are in remission, warming and yang-boosting treatments (both internal and external) can be used effectively. These treatments stimulate the body’s yang energy, enhance its resistance to cold, and eliminate lingering cold pathogens, thereby reducing or preventing the recurrence of illnesses.

冬病为何要夏治

“冬病夏治”体现了中医学传统的“治未病”思想。中医的核心思想是“天人相应”,认为人体阴阳气血的盛衰依季节变化而不同,疾病的发生、治疗亦应随季节变化而各异。一些冬季容易发生的疾病,主要是以素体阳虚,又外受寒邪为本。盛夏“三伏”是全年气温最高,人体阳气最旺盛的时候,此时借天、人阳盛之时,疾病缓解之期,采用温热助阳的药物(包括内服和外用)对阳虚之体进行治疗,可激发人体的阳气,增强抗病御寒能力、祛除体内沉寒痴冷之宿疾 ,达到少发病或不发病的目的。

Applicable Conditions and People

  1. Respiratory System Diseases
    • Recurrent colds, chronic cough, asthma, chronic bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, etc.
  2. Digestive System Diseases
    • Chronic gastritis, diarrhea, indigestion, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, etc.
  3. Musculoskeletal Diseases
    • Cervical spondylosis, frozen shoulder, lumbar spondylosis, old cold legs, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, etc.
  4. Gynecological Diseases
    • Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, dysmenorrhea, menstrual headache, menstrual diarrhea, irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, infertility, etc.
  5. Pediatric Diseases
    • Cough, asthma, bronchitis, susceptibility to colds, spleen and stomach weakness, etc.
  6. Special Populations
    • Individuals who are physically weak, prone to colds, have low immunity, weak constitution, prone to allergies, or generally weak and sickly with a cold constitution can also use San Fu Tie to prevent diseases and strengthen the body’s foundation.

适用病症及人群

  1. 呼吸系统疾病
    反复感冒、慢性咳嗽、哮喘、慢性支气管炎、过敏性鼻炎、咽炎、扁桃体炎等。
  2. 消化系统疾病
    慢性胃炎、腹泻、消化不良、胃溃疡、十二指肠溃疡等。
  3. 运动系统疾病
    颈椎病、肩周炎、腰椎病、老寒腿、风湿性关节炎、类风湿性关节炎、强直性脊柱炎等。
  4. 妇科疾病
    慢性盆腔炎、痛经、经行头痛、经行泄泻、月经不调、闭经、不孕症等。
  5. 儿科疾病
    咳嗽、哮喘、支气管炎、体虚易感冒、脾胃虚弱等。
  6. 特殊人群
    体虚容易感冒、免疫力低下、体质虚弱、容易过敏、平常虚弱多病体质偏寒的人群,也可以贴敷三伏贴,实现预防疾病,固本强基的目地。

Treatment Schedule

  • First Fu: July 15, 2024 – July 24, 2024
  • Middle Fu: July 25, 2024 – August 3, 2024
  • Middle Fu (Enhanced): August 4, 2024 – August 13, 2024
  • Last Fu: August 14, 2024 – August 23, 2024

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