A Chinese Medicine Winter – by Andrew Moulton (Practitioner of the Month July)

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If the year was a 24 hour clock then the dead of Winter (Winter Solstice) would be regarded as 12 midnight, Spring as 6 am, Summer as 12 midday and Autumn as 6 pm. I like to use this as a guide when thinking about my actions especially in Winter. So August would be about 3.30am and I would hope to be in a deep sleep!

Although it’s not practical to hibernate like some animals, this energy of regeneration and repair is what I like to cultivate through this time. How can I help this along? Proper rest, exercise, good diet and keeping life interesting.

Winter can be a time when a lot of people injure their backs as the body stiffens up. This can occur when the cold and wind penetrate into the body and block the blood flow. So it is important to keep exercising through winter to keep the body warm but to not exercise excessively. Excessive sweating through Winter can drain the yin (fluids) of your body and Winter is the best time of the year to cultivate your yin energy.

Chinese Medicine is based around the theory of Yin and Yang, and the balancing of these energies within the body. Yin is the fixed foundational energy (water) combined with Yang the active moving energy (fire)

Traditionally the Chinese arts of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation are practiced through winter to cultivate this Yin energy in your body. Walking, cycling, swimming and dancing are also great exercises for Winter. I like to think of the story of the tortoise and the hare. The slow persistent tortoise is a good image to meditate on while exercising here.

In meditation try to focus on your breathing while keeping your mind clear. Listen with your ears for the furthest sound you can hear. When your mind starts to chatter bring the focus back to your breath. In and out.

Winter I also associated with the Kidneys (water) in Chinese Medicine and the flavour of salt. Use a little extra salt (sea, celtic or Himalayan) in your cooking to strengthen your kidneys as it moves energy in and down and guides other beneficial foods to your kidneys. Too much salt can be bad for you so it is important to drink plenty of water through Winter to keep your kidneys flushed.

Slow cooking is a great method of cooking in Winter. Nourishing porridge, soups, stews and slow cooked bone broths with beef, lamb, fish, shellfish or black and kidney beans. Root vegetables (grown in the ground) beets, carrots, potatoes/sweet, pumpkin, garlic and ginger. Green leafs, cabbage, broccoli/cauli, rhubarb, lettuce, mushrooms, avacado’s and seaweeds(including micro algae) are all good vegies for winter. Apples, grapefruit, kiwis, lemon, mandarins, oranges, pears and olives are all great fruits for winter too. Cinnamon and nutmeg along with pumpkin and black sesame seeds are good on your porridge. Small amounts of alcohol (traditionally rice wine) but whiskey or red wine can also be good to keep the yang circulating.

It is good to rug up through Winter especially if you’re working or exercising outside. Good boots, warm pants and a good jacket. Scarves can be beneficial to keep your neck warm and beanies or hoods when necessary. Though mind the old saying, ‘keep your feet warm and your head cool’.

Keeping Life Interesting

Winter Dare No. 1: Grounding is a very important aspect in Natural Medicine and one of the best ways to ground is through your feet. There is a special kidney point under the ball of your feet known as Yong Guan (Bubbling Spring). Connecting this to the earth connects you to a negatively charged electron field coming up from the ground. Some people regard this as one of the healthiest things you can do for your body.

So the dare is to get your feet out on the grass or dirt. It doesn’t have to be for long, but try and meditate with this feeling of the electron spring bubbling up into your body. I know it’s cold but your feet will adjust and you can also have a hot foot bath afterwards! A hot foot bath can be very relaxing before bed in Winter.

Winter Dare No. 2: Jump in the Ocean!!! Or a lake, river etc… Sounds crazy hey!!! Then find a sauna!! Very invigorating!!!

Winter can often be a time where things become more difficult. Working long hours, your busier, more stressed, cold’s and flu’s or asthma. If that’s the case come in and see me at the clinic. I can make you up some herbs or give you some acupuncture to build up your system or help flush out the cold and flu. Don’t neglect your health through Winter. Come and get your body prepared for the wild winds of Spring. When the yang cycle begins to work its way upward into the warmth of Summer. Bringing everything we’ve practiced through Winter with it.

By Andrew Moulton.


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