Reference: 2023-05-11; https://mbp-japan.com/jijico/articles/32316/
Modified and translated by CFJA
Adapting to the Seasonal Shift: Prioritize Somatic Perception
As we transition from May to June, our bodies are still acclimating to the rising temperatures. Individuals with pre-existing health conditions might find themselves more vulnerable to heatstroke, even at temperatures that aren’t typically seen as threatening. However, turning to air conditioning as a quick fix can disrupt our natural somatic perception and potentially lead to illnesses. Before you switch on the air conditioner:
- Use a fan to circulate the air.
- Hang plant-based curtains, like those from bitter gourd, to shield against direct sunlight.
- Opt for loose, breathable attire.
- Engage in light exercises to induce sweating.
Taking these steps can help lower body heat naturally, allowing us to adjust to the climate seamlessly. During volatile weather patterns, it’s paramount to stay vigilant of temperature and humidity fluctuations. Prioritizing how our body feels, or our “body sensation”, is essential. Adopting an energy-conserving, environmentally friendly lifestyle not only aids the planet but also promotes individual well-being.
Gauging the Normalcy of Your Somatic Perception
While it’s challenging to self-assess the state of one’s somatic perception, regularly checking in with your body can offer insights. As a guideline:
- Touch and gauge the temperature of your abdomen.
- Assess the warmth of your buttocks.
- Check the temperature of your thighs.
Cold sensations in these areas might suggest deviations from a typical somatic perception.
Understanding Body Temperature and Room Conditions for Optimal Well-Being.
When your abdomen, buttocks, or thighs feel cold to touch, this suggests a decline in your core body temperature. Such observations can indicate an individual’s inability to adapt efficiently to temperature variations.
From extensive clinical observations, the following room temperatures are considered optimal:
- 26-28℃ while resting
- 22-25℃ during meals
- 19-21℃ while active.
- 30-32℃ while resting
- 26-29℃ during meals
- 23-25℃ while active.
A 4℃ temperature variation between summer and winter is deemed desirable. It’s advisable to avoid using air conditioning below 28℃, especially during sleep, as it can interfere with one’s somatic perception.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion: Aiding Climate Adaptation
The transitions between seasons, with their significant temperature fluctuations, can be challenging for health. Though our bodies naturally acclimatize to new climates in about 2-3 weeks, this process can be expedited using acupuncture and moxibustion treatments.
If you’re struggling with body temperature regulation or have concerns about low core temperature, consider acupuncture and moxibustion. These techniques, both internal and external, can influence organ functions from the body’s exterior. They are especially beneficial for those feeling unwell post-medication or after surgical interventions. Our clinic is open for consultations on these treatments. Remember, exercise routines and specific breathing techniques can also be valuable tools in fostering a body resilient to climate changes.