As it gets colder, our bodies want to slow down and go inward but our work/family/social commitments often require us to stay in Summer or Spring mode, so things can go a bit off kilter. We can feel emotionally worn-out, unable to sleep or focus, and we may have aches and pains or suffer poor digestion as our bodies feel over extended. It is also common for lingering lung problems to show up, such as sinus and allergies or a constant sniffling nose or dry throat. Alongside acupuncture and personalised Chinese medicine formulas there are some simple self-care rituals I encourage my patients to do to help build the body’s resistance to the cold-weather woes.
In traditional medicine, seasons determined what was available to us for a reason. Our bodies needs change inherently with the environment around us. For example, in autumn our bodies require moisture as the days cool and the browning of the foliage starts to set in. We need foods to combat this lack of hydration. We also need to start to prepare our bodies for the ensuing winter months, reinforcing our blood which means our resilience for immune function is at a premium as well as preparing our lungs for the ensuing bacterias and onslaught of coughs, colds and flus during the winter months.