Tips Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Tips Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

According to the theory of the 5 elements in Chinese medicine (TCM), winter is associated with the element of water. Water is a symbol of wisdom, fluidity and femininity (or Yin energy), which makes this time of year the ideal time to rest and think, follow the stream and develop your inner wisdom. Then, when spring approaches, you will be ready to sow the seeds of growth and expansion.

Here are five holistic tips to help you optimize the yin energy of the winter season and enjoy the colder months of the year:

1. Slow down.

As the hours of clarity become shorter in winter, this is the time of hibernation and retreat to the animal kingdom. Also, our energy tends to decrease as the temperature drops and the nights get longer. With the intention of resting and going back to zero, winter is the perfect time of year to go to bed earlier and wake up after.

We can not only enjoy a longer and deeper rest, but also spend more time reflecting and nourishing ourselves (in the body and emotional sense). In nature, winter in spring marks the transition from passed away to rebirth in nature. We can follow the example of nature and spend the season thinking about the things of our own life that no longer serve us. What do we want to let go of? What intentions do we want to set for the rebirth of spring?

If we slow down, this is also the right time to reduce heavy body exercise and instead stick to low-impact workouts such as restorative yoga and tai chi to save energy and facilitate the process of self-reflection.

2. Support kidney health.

In the theory of meridians, the renal meridian stores “jing “or innate essence, also known as the”root of life”.”The essence is the origin of chi and blood and the original yin and yang. He is responsible for the key functions of growth and reproduction until healthy aging. It also affects the autonomic nervous system, teeth, hair, ears, brain and bone health.

The winter season is associated with the element of water and is manifested by the meridians of the kidneys and bladder. So, winter is the best time to feed the kidneys. In TCM, the best kidney foods are usually black: black rice, black sesame, black beans, lentils, blackberries, blueberries, oysters, forest mushrooms and algae.

3. Keep feet warm.

Cold and wind are considered two of the six main factors of TCM that can cause an imbalance. It goes without saying that it is important to keep warm in order to stay healthy in cold winters. This means to group yourself when you go outside and protect your stomach, neck and head from wind and cold.

Have you ever had the experience of warming up your feet and instantly warming up the whole body? After all, our feet have many blood vessels and nerve endings and play an important role in regulating temperature. Likewise, the renal meridian starts at the bottom of your feet, so it is important to keep your feet warm to prevent the cold from entering the body. At home, you should wear comfortable socks or slippers if you tend to get cold feet. Or try taking a hot epsom salt foot bath before going to bed. Soaking the feet warms up your whole body in the shortest possible time, supports the quality of your sleep and directs any overactive energy from the head to the source — the kidney.