We are now in that period of transition where the season is moving from late autumn (Metal element), into early winter (Water element). In Chinese Medicine the Water element is responsible for the energy (Qi) of the Kidney and the Bladder. The Kidneys are often described as the ‘Root of Life’ and are the foundation of Yin and Yang for all the other organs in the body. The Kidneys store our essence, a vital hereditary substance which can be nourished to a certain extent from the energy (Qi) taken from the food we eat.
The Kidney essence governs birth, growth, reproduction, development, conception, pregnancy, menopause and the aging process. So we can see that nourishing our Kidney energy in different ways is important throughout the whole year, and particularly crucial at this time of year when our energy is often at its lowest ebb.
This is the time when we need to be resting more and slowing down, and yet for many people, this is the time of year when life often becomes more stressful and hectic. A combination of the lead up to Christmas, meeting work deadlines or having a higher workload covering colleagues sickness, keeping up with life’s demands whilst having colds and illness, an overload of social events, excess rich/ sweet foods/ alcohol, less exercise and increased spending. This time of year can often be an emotive time too connecting us more acutely to sadness and feelings of loss if loved ones are no longer with us. All these factors can culminate in lowering the immune system, blocking or depleting our energy (Qi) and our reserves.
Acupuncture can help by:
- Restoring good energy levels and supporting your reserves of energy
- Boosting your immune system
- Helping to clear colds, sore throats and other viruses
- Regulating the Qi of different organs affected by stress, detoxing and strengthening the organs
- Calming the mind
- Improving blood circulation, regulating the heart rate, lowering blood pressure and relaxing tense muscles
- Stimulating the body’s natural pain killers and feel good hormones
I offer appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
If you would like to know more about the Water element and how this influences us then have a look at my winter blog coming soon….