Acupuncture for the Winter Season
Transitioning from summer and fall to winter may be more difficult for some than others. With winter comes the cold and the darkness that may put many people in a sluggish and depressed state. This feeling is normal and is simply our body’s natural cycle and response to the environment. As our surroundings seem to slow down, utilizing this time to recharge and strengthen our bodies can be highly beneficial.
It is common for many people to catch colds or the flu in the winter, as well as feeling a lack of energy. Our body’s immune system becomes weaker and slows down in the cold temperatures causing our bodies to become easy targets for sickness. Acupuncture is a great method to fight off these illnesses while also strengthening the immune system for the long-term. With acupuncture, the body’s immune system can be enhanced to fight colds while also work to recharge the body.
In Eastern medicine, colds and flus are viewed as pathogenic invasions that can be expelled using certain acupuncture points and herbs. Acupuncture improves the immune system by invigorating the body’s organs with fresh blood and body fluids, which help to cleanse and protect the body’s defensive barrier against any viruses. If the symptoms are already present, acupuncture treatments can help relieve symptoms. Common symptoms include chills, fever, body aches, runny nose, congestion, sore throat and cough. In some cases, acupuncture can bring immediate relief, while in others, treatments can reduce the likelihood of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the duration of the illness. If symptoms are not yet present, acupuncture is still an excellent method to prevent future illnesses. Acupuncture treatments in certain key points in the body strengthen the immune system by improving blood circulation and increasing the defense layers for protection.
A feeling of lack of energy is very common during the cold months of the winter. In Eastern medicine, the winter time is a good time to recharge the body’s energy also known as Qi. Qi runs through the body in paths called “meridians.” Qi consists of two energy forces: Yin and Yang.
- Yin energy is slow and cold, and derives from quiet and slow activities.
- Yang energy is fast and hot, and often derives from activities that involve great physical or mental force.
Recharging the body’s Qi will help to feel, look and live in a better state. Acupuncture works to manipulate certain Qi meridians. In this case, acupuncture would calm Yang energy and stimulate Yin energy. By stimulating the balance and flow of Qi energy, acupuncture can both treat the symptoms while also finding the root causes of any illnesses if present. Acupuncture is an effective method to target the body’s energy system as it directly affects Qi energy and therefore works very quickly.
The winter time can consist of slower months for many people but it is important to not let these symptoms linger and develop into potentially bigger problems in the future. If you are experiencing any type of cold or flu symptoms, or would like to feel generally better, speak to an acupuncture practitioner to find the best solution for your body’s needs.