5 Acupoints to Help You Navigate Your Stress This Winter

There are several acupressure points that are known to treat stress and stress related symptoms. It’s important to understand that acupressure is not the only form of treatment and having a balanced diet, exercise regime and lifestyle will also decrease the chances of stress being a factor in your life. continue reading »

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Stay Healthy This Winter with a Balanced Qi

Winter’s element is water and is associated with the kidneys, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is considered the source of all qi and energy within the body. Winter is also associated with the bladder and adrenal glands.

Focusing on inner reflection, rest, energy conservation and storage during the winter months is when it’s most important as it helps us to properly nourish our Kidney Qi.

Below are a few methods you can learn about and apply during this season in order to maintain a balanced qi. continue reading »

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Three Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

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Don’t let the winter get you down, embrace Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

The dark days of winter can be hard on both your body and your mind. The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends that you should live according to the seasons for optimal health and well being. In Utah, that can be especially challenging since the days are short and cold, and the winter seems to stretch on.  Winter doesn’t have to be time to endure. Acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you balance your energy and find wellness. With these practices, you can learn to embrace winter and see it as a time of rest and recharging. 

 

To best live in the winter season, you should focus on nourishing your body, restoring your mind and spirit and protecting yourself against the cold. Here are our three TCM tips for maintaining health and living in harmony with the season. 

 

1. Get the Right Nutrition

Focusing on the right nutrition for winter, can help you stay healthy in the coldest months of the year. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is the time to eating warming, seasonal foods, such as stews made with rich broths, whole grains and root vegetables. It is also good to increase your intake of protein rich foods like beans and lentils. When cooking meals, focus on slow cooking methods like roasting and baking to preserve the warming qualities of these foods.

In addition to choosing nurturing foods, you must drink enough water. Though we don’t sweat much in winter, the cold, winter air is incredibly drying. The dry air sucks the moisture out of your body leaving your skin, lips, hair and organs dehydrated. To stay hydrated, listen to your body and drink between meals. Focus on room temperature water and/or herbal teas, such as ginger root, which is a warming herb. By eating in harmony with the seasons and following Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can boost your immune system and prepare your body for the winter.

2. Alter Your Winter Activities

The slow days of winter are the perfect time to slow down and look inward. Take advantage of the time indoors to focus on meditation, prayer, journaling and reading. These practice are good restorative activities. Or, gently combine the physical and spiritual with Yin yoga, which will help you maintain balance and recharge your Yin. You can also visit a certified acupuncturist, for an acupuncture to make sure your qi is in balance.

Finally, make sure to get enough sleep. Traditional Chinese Medicine advises setting and rising with the sun. While this isn’t always practical or possible in our modern world, just an hour extra a night can be incredibly helpful in getting your body the extra rest in needs in the winter and becoming more in sync with our natural world. 

3. Stay Warm

The need to stay warm might seem like a no brainer in the winter, but many of us do not properly bundle up. In the winter, it is essential to protect our heads and neck from the cool wind. We cannot balance our bodies if we are constantly losing heat. It also takes more energy to maintain body warmth when you are not properly bundled, and this precious energy could be used to boost your immune system and protect you from illness. When you waste energy, you leave yourself vulnerable to illness or infection. 

 

Don’t let the cold beat you this winter. Instead, embrace winter in Utah as time to embrace Traditional Chinese Medicine and maintain balance in your life. Acupuncture and living with the seasons through rest and nutrition can help you maintain health and wellness in Utah. If you are interested in learning more, get in touch with us or make an appointment.

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Winter Acupuncture: Governing Vessel 14

Governing Vessel 14 is called The Great Hammer. This point is located below C 7 on the spine. C 7, the seventh cervical vertebrae is the one which is the most prominent. Traditionally the vertebrae were referred to as hammers because of their resemblance to the tool. This point is great because it is the intersecting point for all of the Yang meridians in the body. In winter time, this point is often used to treat colds and other illnesses that are common this time of year. continue reading »

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Five Self Care Tips for Winter

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that humans should live in harmony with the seasons. According to traditional Chinese medicine there are five seasons: winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. Each season has many associations that help us change our habits, allowing for a more balanced mind and body. When these systems were being developed, people were living in harmony with nature. People rose with the sun, ate what was available during the different seasons and they were much more aware of their natural environment. What to wear, when to wake up, when to go to sleep and what activities to engage in were all dependent on the weather and the environment. Because of this, people were capable of staying healthy throughout the year and their immune and organ systems were strong enough to ward off disease. continue reading »

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