Winter has officially started

Winter teaches us that the only way to fully enjoy the season is to surrender to it and learn from what it has to offer us and retract within.

Winter let’s us look into our depths, to reconnect to our inner being, to befriend the darkness within and around us and just be still.

Seasonal changes can greatly influence how we feel. In the theory of acupuncture moving from one season to the next is a significant event.

The legendary Yellow Emperor, considered to be the founder of Traditional Chinese Medicine, states in his ancient text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine.

 “In winter all is hidden.

 Winter is the season of retirement into depth, because of the cold outside.

 At this time you must not disturb or disperse the yang (Fire, active) energy so that you can allow the yin reserves to be re-established within you.”

 Each season has an associated natural element, organ and emotion. Acupuncturists can examine these during a consultation and give you the appropriate treatment outcome

Symptoms Associated with imbalances in Water:

  • Lower back pain

  • chronic or acute knee pain and weakness

  • Problems with urinary retention

  • Fatigue and shortness of breath

  • Vertigo or dizziness

  • Sexual problems, including lack of excitement, premature ejaculation, vaginal dryness

  • Anxiety and excessive fear, Inflexibility and resistance to change

  • High blood pressure and/or occipital headaches

   Fear is the emotion for winter Emotion

Fear is the emotion associated with the Water Element. In a healthy way, fear is an emotion that moves and directs us to remain alert and attentive to our surroundings and situation.

When Water is out of balance, fear becomes an obstacle to movement.

These physical reactions feed our fear and create a vicious cycle: Traditional Chinese Medicine says that excess fear injures the Kidney energy while a dysfunction in the Kidney energy, in turn, further increases our fear.

Depleted Kidneys and/or Water imbalances often appear in conjunction with fear, the emotion associated with winter.

Fear is a normal and expected emotion. We need it in order to measure risks and make wise decisions. In winter, people may feel extra cautious about things that at other times seem less daunting.

Fear that limits a person to the point of severely affecting his ability to socialize or develop trust is worthy of further inquiry.

Seasonal affective disorder is common for patients who have a tendency to retract in the colder, darker months.

Be Kind to Your Kidneys

The organ system associated with Water and winter is Kidney.

Physical symptoms that are related to Kidney—and hence, tend to be more common in winter—include low back pain, knee pain, hearing impairment, painful or difficult urination, teeth and gum problems, erectile dysfunction and infertility.

In acupuncture theory, the Kidneys are considered the most vital source of energy, the root of all else. When the Kidney system is out of whack or depleted, it can wreak havoc on any other system throughout the body, and vice versa. All roads somehow connect to Kidney.

This means we have to be especially careful in winter. By nature, it’s a time for rest and restoration. When we ignore that by continuing about our go-go-go lifestyles In winter, our Kidneys are more likely to get zapped.

How to Keep Healthy and Joyful During Winter

 Practice Self-acceptance:

We all have fears; fears freeze us so that we feel stuck and hopeless, but observing our fears without judging them can liberate us from the stagnation that fear sows. We need to learn the gentle art of “witnessing” to ourselves without judging ourselves.

Rather than attempting to overcome our fears, we can learn to recognize and accept them. Self-awareness and self-acceptance burns and thaws our fears so that we become “unstuck” and can move on healthfully.

 Take Time to Listen and Recharge:

Winter is a time to recharge; so learn to listen. listen to what others have to say and listen to your heart speaking to you.

 Nurture Yourself Inwardly:

Imagine that the ideas and images that have been planted and are germinating within you, as in a garden, will begin to sprout in the spring.

Nourish Yourself Well:

Nourish yourself with warm food and drink lots of water.

It is very important to hydrate by drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of fresh water daily. Eat warming foods such as root vegetables, whole grains, and small amounts of meat or fish protein.

Keep Warm:

Prepare for the weather, and dress accordingly. Chinese medicine says that the neck and shoulder areas contain the “Wind” points through which pathogens can enter, so keep these areas protected; wear a scarf and keep your neck covered.

       Stay warm and enjoy being still…………..