When winter season is upon us!

The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment and this is the time of the year to reflect on health, replenish energy and conserve strength.

Winter is ruled by the water element which is associated with the kidneys, bladder and adrenals. The kidneys are considered the source of all energy within the body and during the winter months it is important to nurture and nourish our kidney energy which can greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress, aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality.

There a few tips on how to achieve this:
Food should be warming, such as soups/stews, root vegetables, beans, nuts, garlic and ginger. Avoid raw cold foods as these tend to cool the body.

Get adequate uninterrupted sleep which preserves the Yang Qi ( energy) of the body

Reduce stress on a daily basis such as yoga, meditation, relaxation therapy.

Build up protective Qi (energy) with just a few acupuncture needles inserted into key points along the body’s energy pathways.  These points are known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy for consolidating the outer defense layers of the skin and muscles so that germs and viruses cannot enter through them.

Seasonal acupuncture treatments can serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems.

If you have already happened to catch that cold, acupuncture  and herbal medicine can also help with the chills, sniffles, sore throat or fever in a safe non-toxic way that does not bombard your body with antibiotics. On the contrary it provides a welcome compliment to it in most cases with its emphasis on treating the whole person and recovery time is often shortened.