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Dog days of summer overview

Dog days of summer starts from 26th June 2022. 21st June of the Gregorian calendar is the 10th solar term of the lunar calendar, it is called summer solstice, which is the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere.

On this day, the sun is at 90 degrees of the ecliptic, and the sun shines directly on the tropic of cancer. The day in the northern hemisphere is longest.

Dog days are called sanfu period in China. The dog days are different every year. In year 2022, the first period of dog days start from 16th July, end at 25th July, totally is 10 days.

The second period of dog days is from 26th July to 14th August, totally is 20 days.

The last period of dog days is from 15th August to 24 August, totally is 10 days.

During dog days, a traditional Chinese therapy called san fu moxibustion is performed to treat diseases always onset in the winter.

Usually warm up of dog days moxibustion will start 10 days ahead. Therefore, it is totally 40 days of dog days duration in 2022.

sanfu moxibustion during dog days
sanfu moxibustion during dog days.

How surprised 6 illnesses healed by san fu moxibustion during dog days

1.  Sanfu moxibustion during dog days for rheumatic diseases

a) Rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, etc.

These diseases are exacerbated by the cold in winter, and the condition is repeated and aggravated continuously. Because it is caused by the three evils of wind, cold and dampness.

San fu moxibustion can dispel wind, cold and dampness, and enhance the body’s yang qi. When yang qi is sufficient, the body’s self-healing system will be stimulated to resist the pain, then the pain will be relieved or even disappeared.

2. Sanfu moxibustion during dog days for gastrointestinal diseases

Gastrointestinal diseases suitable for winter disease and summer treatment mainly include: chronic gastritis, functional dyspepsia, peptic ulcer, chronic colitis, etc.

There are three main types of stomach disease:
1) caused by deficiency of the spleen and stomach;
2) caused by damp-heat in the stomach and stomach,
3) caused by mental factors.

Different types have different treatments and routine maintenance methods.

Stomach disease due to deficiency of the spleen and stomach can be treated with moxibustion, tui na and acupoint application to stimulate upright qi and relivie pain, improving immune to reduce the attack of these diseases in the coming winter.

3. Sanfu moxibustion during dog days for respiratory diseases

The main diseases such as: bronchitis, asthma, pharyngitis, rhinitis(2 Major Harmful Elements Causes Rhinitis), tonsillitis, recurrent respiratory tract infection, emphysema, tuberculosis, etc.

Some long-term cough, expectoration, wheezing and other symptoms are easy to attack in cold or winter.

Moxibution and tui na warm up channel, improve upright qi and blood circulation, stimulate the defense system of the body reducing the attack of these illnesses in the coming winter.

4. Sanfu moxibustion during dog days for osteopathic diseases

Osteopathic diseases suitable for summer moxibustion treatment mainly include: chronic low back pain, frozen shoulder, cervical spondylosis, etc.

Osteopathic diseases are different from other diseases.
1) On the one hand, it is manifested in the specific direction of the pain of physical injury;
2) On the other hand, it is caused by the deficiency of cold in the body.

Moxibustion heat can relenish and improve yang qi to drive the cold and stop pain. Meanwhile, moxibustion heat energy can stay inside the acupoints for 2 hours and circulate all over the body to keep yang energy.

Once the body have enough yang qi, the pain will be less and then totally relieve.

Replenishing enough yang qi for the body in the summer then the pain can be less or totally no onset in the coming winter.

5. Sanfu moxibustion during dog days for gynecological diseases

Gynecological diseases include endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, infertility, etc.

Summer moxibustion removes cold in the body, relaxes tendons and collaterals, warms channel and dispels dampness, activates blood and removes blood stasis, promotes pelvic blood circulation.

Summer moxibuxtion can help many chronic gynecological diseases.

6. Sanfu moxibustion during dog days for sub-health

Sub-health is between healthy and unhealthy, consciously feeling unwell, but all indicators are normal after examination.

Sub-healthy people are easily fatigued, no appetite or low appetite, sleeping not good, having back pain, and be afraid of cold.

Sanfu moxibustion warms the yang and drives away the cold and speed up the circulation of qi and blood.

After the cold and dampness is expelled from the body, all kinds of discomfort will disappear.

How to survive during the dog days safely?

During the dog days, because outdoor temperature is high, and the human body is prone to dehydration.

Therefore, drinking enough water is the best way to prevent heatstroke.

Secondly, in the days, beware of the intrusion of cold air.

You should not take a cold shower immediately after your body is heated.

A lot of cold drinks should be also avoid. Too much cold drink will cause gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, acute abdomen pain, even block qi movement causes headache.

When the weather is hot, people are easily irritable. So, keeping positive attitude, staying calm are good for the health during summer.


Dog days (sanfu periods) in 2022 will be a special extended version which will last from July 16 to August 24, a total of 40 days.

Its typical characteristics are “high temperature, high humidity, and high heat”. We must be prepared for heatstroke prevention.

Where to get a moxibustion treatment in Nanaimo?

You can book an appointment here today. If you want more information about your current situation. Don’t hesitated to drop in the shop locates on 2B-2220 Bowen road. The operation time is 9:30am-6:00pm from Monday to Friday. Weekend is on appointment only.


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