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Transitioning from Autumn to Winter according to Chinese Medicine

In traditional Chinese Medicine, the transition from autumn to winter is a significant time both in nature and within the body.

This transition marks a shift in energy and requires adjustments to maintain balance and harmony.

During this time, the body's energy, or Qi, begins to descend and move inward. This shift is reflected in nature as the leaves fall from the trees and the temperature drops.

The Winter is associated with the Water element and the Kidney system. It is a time of conservation and storage of energy.

In Chinese Medicine, winter is considered a yin season, characterized by cold, darkness, and stillness. It is a time for rest, reflection, and introspection.

Slowing down is needed at this stage, even if society and life is pushing us on "doing more" all the time. Before a new year begins, we need REST.

The Kidney system is particularly important during winter, as it is responsible for storing and replenishing our vital energy, known as Qi. It is believed that nurturing the Kidney system during this time can help support our overall health and well-being.

The Kidneys are responsible for storing the body's essence, which is believed to be the basis for growth, development, and reproduction.

They also regulate the body's fluid balance, control the production of urine, and support the health of the bones and teeth.

Winter is also associated with the Water element, which represents the qualities of wisdom, adaptability, and resilience. It is a time to cultivate these qualities and go with the flow, just as water does.

During the winter season, it is important to consume warming foods according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). These foods help to nourish and warm the body, promoting circulation and maintaining optimal health.

Examples of warming foods are:

  • Root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, beetroots, parsnips

  • Ginger is a warming spice that also helps improve digestion and overall circulation, you can have it in tea or add it in your meals

  • Cinnamon is a warming spice that can help regulate blood sugar balance, add it on your breakfast or in stews

  • Garlic has warming properties and helps fighting colds

  • Turmeric has anti inflammatory properties and also warms the body

In addition to incorporating warming foods I would also suggest:

  • Avoiding cold and windy environments - try to limit your exposure to cold and windy environments, as they can weaken your lungs and make you more susceptible to respiratory infections.

  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep your respiratory system hydrated. This helps to maintain the moisture in your lungs and prevent dryness. Avoid cold drinks and introducing more warm/hot drinks, have water a room temperature.

  • Engage in deep breathing exercises to strengthen your lungs and improve respiratory function. This can help to enhance your lung capacity and promote better overall lung health.

  • Getting Acupuncture regularly to strenghten your immune system, relax & reset and balance your body and mind.


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