In China, the hottest part of summer is July and August. From July 13, it will last about 40 dog days.

During these days, Chinese people often go to the traditional Chinese medicine hospital to get acupuncture and herbal medicine. This traditional medical way can not only prevent summer diseases, but also cure the winter diseases.

Traditional Chinese medicine originated nearly 5,000 years ago and is rooted in Taoist philosophy.

TCM believes that humans are interconnected with all elements of the world. There are five elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. The balance of these five element will affect the body works.

TCM is not only acupuncture and herbal medicine. It also tell people eat different food and take different physical exercises according to different season.

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During the dog days of summer, people will feel intense heat from inside body. They should get up earlier in the morning, eat light food, avoid oily, fried food.According to traditional Chinese medical science, most of the vegetables that taste bitter can relieve internal heat. Therefore, you should eat bitter vegetables, such as sow thistles and bitter gourds. Such foods can help relieve summer heat, eliminate fatigue and bring the spleen and stomach into harmony.

Despite the hot weather, you should also do some exercises, such as taking a walk or taijiquan (a kind of traditional Chinese shadow boxing) to keep fit. You could do the exercises early in the morning for about an hour.

Are you interested in traditional Chinese medicine? You can come to China to learn this ancient medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Programs In China

Program University Teaching language
Chinese Medicine (including Acupuncture) Beijing University of Chinese Medicine English
Clinical Science of Integrated TCM and Western Medicine Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine English
Traditional Chinese Medicine China Pharmaceutical University Chinese
Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Tuina of Chinese Medicine Chongqing Medical University Chinese
Acupuncture and Tuina Science Dalian Medical University Chinese

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Tips: As traditional Chinese medicine is part of Chinese ancient culture, A�it will be easier to understand TCM if you learn Chinese language. Most of the TCM in China are taught in Chinese, require HSK level 3.