Heat and Dryness in the Large Intestine
In traditional Chinese medicine “Heat in the Large Intestine” is caused by overconsumption of “hot” foods. Hot foods are all spicy foods, all meats (with the exception of pork), and most nuts. “Hot” drinks are coffee, wine and spirits. Cigarettes have also heating nature.
“Dryness in Large Intestine” is caused by the overconsumption of “dry” foods. Such foods are broiled and baked foods. Another cause for “dryness in the large intestine” is blood and/or yin deficiency. On how the concept "Yin" is incorporated in human physiology please read about Yin and Yang in Chinese medicine below. If you are already familiar with this concept skip the Italic font.
Since Yang in nature represents activity it logically represents function in human physiology. Since Yin in nature represents stillness it represents structure. Thus Yin represents the material aspect of the human body – bone, marrow, flesh, blood and body fluids, while Yang is the force that makes all this matter come to live.
Overall yin and/or blood deficiency means that the body’s substance and body fluids are diminished. This may affect the Large Intestine, resulting in “Large Intestine dryness”.
Living for a prolonged period of time in hot and/or dry environment can also lead to “heat and dryness in the Large Intestine”.
In the case of “heat in Large Intestine” there will be constipation with dry stools as the heat has dried out the fluids needed to nourish the intestine. The urine will be scanty and dark yellow (heat sign). There might be a burning sensation and swelling in the anus. (1)
In the case of “dryness in large intestine” there will be constipation with dry stools, difficult to discharge, and dry mouth and throat.
To clear "heat and dryness in the large intestine" the foods and drinks mentioned in the Cause section need to be avoided. Foods with cool and moistening nature should be selected. Such are all fruits and vegetables especially avocado, cucumber, spinach, cabbage, and lettuce as well as mango, persimmon, bananas, and pineapples. (2)
On a vital level Large Intestine 11 and Stomach 44 is great point combination to clear heat in the stomach and large intestine. Kidney 3 nourishes and moistens the body. Stomach 25 is the front Mu of the large intestine and always a good point for large intestine imbalance. If you want to watch the instructional point location videos for these points you can do so by subscribing to the customized part of this project. To learn more click here.
On a mental level we can take a sip of water and visualize it going through the stomach, moving through the small intestine, and finally reaching the large intestine. We can experience this water cooling down our stomach and intestines, rejuvenating and moisturizing them. We can remain with that visualization as long as it feels natural and add deep breathing exercise to enhance our concentration (inhale slowly for four seconds and exhale slowly for another four seconds).
(1) Maciocia, Giovanni (1989). The Foundations of Chinese Medicine. Nanjing: Harcourt Publishers Limited
(2) Pitchford, Paul (2002). Healing with Whole Foods. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books
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