Andrea O' Shea
Chinese Medicine concepts for Wintertime ....
Updated: Aug 19, 2020
According to Chinese Medicine, winter is a time of consolidation and reflection. It is a time to protect our Yin and Essence and bolster our Wei Chi (immune system).
Winter is associated with the Water element, and the Kidney and Bladder meridians. To strengthen this aspect of yourself, emphasize peace and stillness, and seek the wisdom of your inner voice. Blue is the colour of this element so wearing blue or black colours will help balance it.
The most important activity to strengthen your Water element is inactivity.
Learn how to spend a day on the couch doing nothing but reflecting, intersperse this with brief periods of reading or watching gentle TV if you must. It is also good to dim the lights, spend time sitting, sleeping or meditating.
Other options are to try gazing into a fish tank or bowl of water, focusing on your breath and letting your mind just float. Looking at photographs or works of art to stimulate memories, reveries and daydreams.
Sound (including music) is an important toll of the Water element. Take a bath, go for a swim or listen to the ocean. Another good way to get in sync with a wounded Water element is to pay attention to your dreams, so keep a dream journal and spend time early each day writing and thinking about the images in your dreams.
A beautiful and balancing acupuncture treatment to have this time of year is Man-Heaven-Earth. Using just 4 needles and some deeply relaxing breath work, it promotes the connection between your mind, your body and your spiritual self and helps you to feel more grounded. It is also helpful after a shock or trauma to bring you back to yourself. Book here
At the first sign of a cold or flu – sore or scratchy throat, or upper back, neck, or headache. Take a hot bath or shower, then wrap up warm and enjoy the following natural immune boosting soup.
Super Charged Chicken Soup (colds)
10 cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric (or 1 tsp dried)
2 tablespoon minced ginger
1 litre chicken stock
1 litre water
500g chicken breast, diced
1 bunch of coriander (leaves picked, stems & roots, chopped)
¼ cup mirin or rice wine
¼ cup tamari (a thicker, less salty, fermented soy sauce that contains less wheat (and depending on the brand may even be gluten free)
1. Place garlic, turmeric, ginger, stock, water and chicken in a pot. Simmer until chicken is cooked (10mins).
2. Add coriander, mirin and tamari just before serving.
Tip: chuck in some noodles while the soup is simmering and give to the kids for extra goodness.
Give yourself some time this Winter your body mind and soul will thank you for it.
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