You asked for it and here it is! Your go-to guide for surviving the winter this year using the principles of Chinese medicine (and common sense).
So there’s no getting around it. Winter is officially here, which also means we are half way to summer again, so that’s a positive.
Everyone basically agrees that winter is pretty shitty right? Our vital Vitamin D levels plummet, it’s cold, it’s grey, it’s rainy and the opposite of a good time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE cold rainy days where you can snuggle up on the couch with tea and a good book or a movie, but we can’t do that everyday, nor to we want to do it for months on end!
But if I can promise you one thing, it’s this, there is some special magic to be found in winter! For one, you can be anti-social with NO GUILT. Because who wants to do ANYTHING when it’s cold? No one. And I am A-Okay with that. Why? Because we need our old mate balance. And because gosh darn it we need some time to turn inwards and do less.
Recognising the seasonal changes is such an important part of Chinese medicine (TCM) theory. TCM is a huge advocate of keeping the body warm during winter to maintain the strength & Qi of our organs so we can be in optimum health all year round. In Chinese medicine, each season has an organ that is correlated with it where it’s functioning gets replenished and needs some extra TLC. For winter this is the Kidneys, and if there is one organ you should care about BY GOD let it be your Kidneys.
What’s that you say? A crash course in what the Kidneys mean in Chinese medicine? Entire books have been written on that very topic, but I’ll do by best to summarise in a few sentences.