Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes the cycles of nature and the importance of living in harmony with them. TCM identifies winter as Yin because yin is cold and during the winter months, living things become more inactive. An introspective, restful approach with meditation is needed to store energy in preparation for the coming spring’s burst of new life.
Winter and the Water Element
Winter is guided by the water element, which is associated with our Kidneys, adrenal glands, and Bladder. The kidneys are especially important as they are the root source of energy /Qi within the human body. During the winter months, eating warm foods is ideal. Nourishing options include:
- Garlic and ginger
- Root vegetables
- Stews and soups
- Seaweed and miso
- Hearty whole grains
- Dark leafy greens
- Black beans
Pair this diet with room-temperature water to stay hydrated while keeping warm. Slow moving yin exercises are also recommended including Yoga, Tai Chi, and stretching.
Acupuncture for Well-being During Winter
Acupuncture helps the body cope with the changes brought by winter. It can help ward off viruses and germs and shorten the length of common colds and similar winter illnesses. Acupuncture strengthens our root energy/foundation in which good health and a strong immune system is built upon.
LI 4 is an important acupuncture point to pay attention to this winter. It regulates the defensive Qi (the Qi that protects the body from getting sick) which protects our body from getting sick. It also helps with headaches, nasal congestion, and ear aches. Applying pressure
LI4 is located on the hand between the thumb and index finger. Squeeze the thumb and the index finger together and press at the highest point of the bulge in the muscle, level with the crease.
It is good to apply pressure on this acupuncture point to activate the healing energy that it provides!
Stay healthy this winter by planning for the changes nature brings. Contact Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine to schedule an appointment.