Internal Heat

Internal heat refers to an excess of “heat” energy inside the body in Chinese medicine. Some signs of internal heat include:

  • Mouth ulcers
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Preferring cold drinks
  • Dark or red urine
  • Constipation
  • Red face and ears
  • Headaches, dizziness
  • Insomnia, restless sleep
  • Irritability


Causes can include:

  • Eating too many spicy or greasy foods
  • Hot weather
  • Impatient personality
  • Anger, stress
  • Liver heat


People with internal heat should avoid foods that increase body heat, like black beans. They need to balance Yin and Yang by adjusting diet, lifestyle, and taking cooling herbs.

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