Staying Healthy in the Winter Months

Chinese Medicine teaches human beings to live in harmony with natural cycles of the environment. Winter urges us to slow down, rest, restore and revitalize.

Winter is Yin in nature; it is inactive, cold, and darker. Remain introspective, restful, and consolidate your Qi through the season and prepare for the outburst of new life and energy in the spring.

Element: Water
Nature: Yin
Organs: Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Adrenal Glands, Ears and Hair
Emotion: Fear
Flavor: Salty

The kidneys are considered the pre-natal source of energy within your body. They store all of the reserve energy in the body so that it can be used in times of stress, or to heal, prevent illness, and age with ease.

During the winter months it is important to nurture and nourish our kidney Qi. It is the time where this energy can be most easily depleted. Our bodies are instinctively expressing the fundamental principles of winter – rest, reflection, conservation and storage.

Lower Back Pain

As Traditional Medicine practitioners we acknowledge that pain in our body is a signal that there is an energetical imbalance within our system. Lower back pain is usually an indication that there is a Kidney Yin Deficiency. Clinically we see a lot of lower back pain present in winter, as this is the time when our energy is in abundance within the kidneys. If not preserved, as nature requires we can experience disharmony. Kidney Yin Deficiency is a pattern of disharmony that displays the weaknesses in the bladder meridian, which is the paired yang organ and meridian of the kidney yin organ and meridian. The bladder meridian runs the length of our back, travelling along the posterior of our hamstring and down our calve muscles to our outer foot.

Our body is extremely smart, so instead of allowing our precious Kidney Yin organ to receive permanent injury from the initial root imbalance, the body will push the weakness out to a safer, more exterior yang organ or yang meridian, where the imbalance will then be expressed as pain and weakness. Put simply, the Kidney Yin Deficiency weaknesses are pushed to the outer yang bladder meridian, lodging pain in the lower back. To treat this we will nourish Kidney Yin, by selecting key points along the corresponding meridians, treating the root cause. This allows the body to heal by rebalancing disharmony, and removing weakness from the yang bladder meridian. As practitioners, we gather key pieces of information from the body to diagnose and treat the underlying root cause of disharmony, rebalancing energetics and then treating the local area, where pain has manifested. Because Traditional Medicine tackles imbalances from both directions, we are able to obtain results that are highly effective. You will also notice that your overall health will improve as a result of regular treatment, smaller less niggling signs and symptoms, that were also present when you first attended appointments, will slowly dissolve as your body heals itself, this is because it has been given the right information to do so.

Again As it is winter, the time when the kidney energy is in abundance, we should try to preserved our energy and exert ourselves less. In doing this we can maintain our prenatal kidney energy reserves and help facilitate balance within our body. If we are working too hard, standing for too long, allowing our feet to chill, or being too active and not listening to the seasons, we will leave ourselves open for imbalances to present themselves. Unlike spring or summer when our bodies would promote high volumes of activity. We are simply not designed to continue the way we do in spring and summer all year round, if we listen to the seasons and live in accordance with nature, we are giving our selves the best chance of living a long, happy, healthy life.

Traditional Medicine is extremely effective at rebalancing the energetics within our body’s organs, by creating an environment of harmony within your physical and emotional self. Sail through winter, listen to your body and get regular acupuncture to keep you in tune.

Shani Isaacson

Shani Isaacson BHSci

Traditional Japanese acupuncture
available by appointment Monday to Friday.