Winter enriches body and soul

After the tinsel and glitter of the festive season, January often hits people hard. 

Stark landscapes of bare, skeletal trees and frozen earth can seem grim and forbidding. But look deeper and of course, water – the element Chinese medicine associates most closely with winter – engenders life itself.

Over three millennia Chinese doctors and philosophers have described the cycle of the seasons as a creative cycle of five interdependent elements, beginning with water. Spring’s yang burst of growth, colour and rebirth would be impossible without water’s deep and dark wintertime yin.

We can benefit from mirroring nature. I advise my patients not to make the usual bleak January resolutions of denial and deprivation but instead to think of this time of year as a positive opportunity to nourish and nurture. 

How can your enrich your life? 

Which foods best fuel and warm your body? 

Are you seeking out and enjoying the music, books, films that sow the seeds of personal growth over the coming year? 

Who and what do you look to comfort and safeguard your spirit? 

This is the work of winter, and should make for a glorious spring. 

To find out more about how acupuncture can support your physical health and mental well being, all you have to do is get in touch to arrange your free short consultation.

Online or by phone, and with no obligation at all, you can ask questions about any aspect of treatment, from what to wear to your sessions to the evidence-base of cutting edge research showing how acupuncture may help you cope better with specific complaints and conditions.

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