What is Summer Acupoint Herbal Patching Therapy?
The Summer Acupoint Herbal Patching Therapy also called SanFu Tie in Chinese, is a procedure in Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture in which herbal patches are placed on various acupuncture points on the body during the hottest days of summer. This therapy originated in the Qing dynasty and is very popular in China. In recent years it also has become popular in North America.
How does it work?
This method is based on the principle of “winter disease, summer cure”. As SanFu (三伏) is the hottest period on the Chinese calendar when human body has the highest point of “Yang”. With the help from the nature’s heat energy, the pores in our skin are more open to absorb this specially mixed herbal paste, which improves the body’s immune system.
Ideally, patients need to come and get patched 3 times during the hottest days of summer. The acupuncturist applies patches on different acupoints during this short procedure. The patient can then go about their day and remove the patches in about 2 hours.
What is the benefit?
This special therapy can help patients improve their immune system. It is especially good to treat and/or prevent asthma, hay fever, cold & flu, allergic rhinitis, and chronic bronchitis..
Who should try it?
People who have cold/deficient body constitution;
People who catch cold/flu easily;
People who have allergies such as hay fever, allergic rhinitis:
People who have respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic bronchitis…
When should I do it? - NOW
This therapy is also called Dog Day Sticker. It is practiced in the hottest days of the summer (SanFu). This year (2018), SanFu runs through mid-July to mid-August. To get the best result, it’s advised that patients get 3 consecutive treatments during a month’s time, with an interval of 7-10 days.
The 3 best dates for herbal patching therapy (2018) at our clinic, Inlet Wellness Gallery are:
1. July 19 or 22;
2. July 26 or 29;
3. August 16.
How much does it cost?
The Summer Acupoint Herbal Patching Therapy is $30 per session.
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