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"Winter Disease Summer Cure" Prevention Treatment using San Fu Tie

Updated: Jul 3

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been central to health and well-being for thousands of years and aims to harmonize Yin and Yang, mirroring the gradual transition from day to night or summer to winter. Like the ebb and flow of natural cycles, Yin and Yang transform and balance each other. One of the main TCM treatment principles consist of the phrase “Winter Disease Summer Cure” (Dong Bing Xia Zhi 冬病夏治) and is one of many kinds of approach to disease prevention and treatment. During the hot summer, we offer special treatments combining both acupuncture and San Fu Tie (mugwort patch) to provide optimal health for all.

San Fu Tie (mugwort patches) benefits include:

  • Respiratory system: chronic cough, asthma, allergies

  • Musculoskeletal system: chronic arthritis, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis

  • Reproductive system: dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, irregular cycles, infertility due to cold in the uterus

  • Immune system: prevent being susceptible to the flu or other viral attacks

  • Digestive system: chronic diarrhea, constipation, IBS, digestion

It is recommended to receive three weekly treatments during each “San Fu Phase” within the dates below for 2024:

  • Beginning phase: July 15th – July 24th

  • Middle phase: July 25th – August 13th

  • Ending phase: August 14th – August 23rd

Certain illnesses such as flu, colds, asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions are more prone to occur or worsen during the cold winters. This is attributed to the body’s insufficient warmth or “fire and righteousness Qi” and, therefore, incapable of warming the body in a cold environment. On the other hand, during the summer, the body experiences an excess of heat. This excess heat can be stored as Yang Qi using San Fu Tie treatment which can then be activated in the winter to warm the body. In other words, the best time to prevent getting sick in winter is summer! During summer, the body’s Yang energy surfaces, pores open up, making it easier to expel toxins, absorb healing treatments, and strengthen the immune system. In contrast, during the winter, the cool weather triggers a withdrawn, Yin-dominant state where pores contract, energy channels close, and the body becomes more susceptible to pathogens.

By adhering to TCM principles like “Winter Disease Summer Cure,” individuals can optimize their health and well-being. Just like Yin and Yang or seasons changing, we should all follow this same balance to be healthy all year round!


Please consult with your practitioner:

  • If you have skin conditions such as eczema or sensitive skin

  • If you are experiencing asthma or hot flashes on set on the appointment day

  • For kids under two years old

  • Terms and conditions apply

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