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The Meaning of Winter in Traditional Chinese Medicine

The meaning of winter

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the Human is a reflection upon the universe, like the existence of a microcosm within the macrocosm. Winter is the season to store energy for most living creatures on earth, so everything is slowing down and some of them will even be in hibernation. To reflect this aspect of winter, we should be less active and slow down to preserve our energy.

According to the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are considered the source of all energy (Qi) within the body. They store all of the reserved Qi in the body so that it can be used in times of stress and change, to heal, prevent illness, to be fertile, and to be ageing gracefully. Thus winter is strongly associated with the Kidney system and immunity is amongst the primary functions of the Kidney system. Our immune system is constantly working to protect us from external viruses and bacteria. It’s also responsible for identifying the abnormal cells from our own body and to prevent them to overgrow into a tumor. Therefore, a properly functioning immune system is the backbone of wellness.

During the winter season, the Kidneys are readjusting themselves according to the external climate. This is the greatest season of the year to build a strong kidney system. However, if the kidney system is already out of balance and left untreated, it can become especially vulnerable during this time as well.

The common symptoms of mild kidney system imbalance are lower back aching, fatigue, catch cold or flu easily, night sweating and insomnia or a flare up of eczema etc. Acupuncture will work on to restore the balance to the Kidneys, help the Kidneys to store the energy (according to the nature of winter), to build strong immunity, and to help you live in harmony and enjoy the winter season!

*All organs discussed are according to Chinese theoretical and observatory medicine and does not pertain to gross anatomy.

Joseph is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner at Health Space Kingsford. Contact 02) 9663 2151 to book.

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