Staying Healthy this Winter

The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the seasons. The cold and darkness of winter urges us to slow down. This is the time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy, and conserve our strength and prepare for the new life and energy of spring

Winter is ruled by the water element, which is associated with the kidneys, bladder, and adrenal glands.  The Ears and hair are also associated with water.  The emotions are fear and depression.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are the source of all energy in the body.

During winter it is important to nurture and nourish kidney energy as t is the time when this energy can be  easily depleted. Our bodies are instinctively expressing the fundamental principles of winter – rest, reflection, conservation, and storage.

To stay healthy during winter, one should avoid raw foods as much as possible. During winter you should emphasize eating warm foods such as soups and stews, root vegetables, beans, seaweed, garlic and ginger, whole grains, and roasted nuts to warm the body.  It is also a time to get plenty of sleep, and  stay warm.  Other tips for staying healthy this winter are: Regularly wash your hands,  as this is the time of year we spend more time indoors, reduce stress by finding a way to relax on a daily basis as stress, frustration and anger throw off your immune system.  Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help prevent colds and flus by building up your immune system by strengthening the circulation of blood and energy.  If you’ve  happened get cold, acupuncture and herbal medicine can  help relieve  chills, sniffles, sore throat, or fever in a safe, non toxic manner.. Acupuncture can complement Western medical treatment and may shorten recovery time.

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