If you feel tired and drained, you are not alone. “Lack of energy” is something I often hear. People work long hours, look after their children and home, and worry about how to juggle all these demands. Now with the Christmas parties in flow, excess alcohol and sugary or unhealthy eating adds to the mix. This winter I’ve seen so many more people with colds, as their immune systems are overburdened and weakened. According to Chinese Medicine, as the cold and darkness of winter entrenches, now is the time to slow down, recharge your batteries and generate Qi or Energy in order to live well, look and feel your best. This is the time of year to reflect on health, replenish energy and conserve strength. Probably the opposite of what most of us are doing! I’ve some Chinese Medicine tips to help get you through the winter.
The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment. The cold and darkness of winter urges us to slow down. But our modern society with its technological advances, protect us from our environment, so we are more out of step with nature and this has consequences for both our mental and physical health.
Here are some tips to boost your health:
During the winter months, it is important to nurture and nourish our Qi or Energy, because this is when the energy can be most easily depleted. Acupuncture helps us do this. Our bodies are instinctively expressing the fundamental principles of winter – rest, reflection, conservation and storage – that’s if we let them of course!