It’s OK to enjoy a rest
as you start the New Year
By Laurel Irons, R.Ac
Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture
For many, January is a time for new ideas, goals and inspirations — a time to reflect on the year behind us and the one ahead.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), winter is time for rest and introspection. It’s OK not to feel rushed or busy, it means you are in harmony with nature. The more you recover now, the more productive you can be spring to fall.
TCM teaches cycles of health and nature are a constant ebb and flow of Yin and Yang energy. Yin is dark and Yang is bright. Yin is cold and Yang is hot. Yin is rest and Yang is action.
During winter, we should be in harmony with Yin, but we can nourish Yang so we don’t feel too cold, dark or tired.
Foods for Yang are warming and moving. Ginger, garlic, onion, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, fennel, licorice, rosemary, oregano and thyme warm the body, improve digestion and circulation and reduce pain and inflammation. They aid respiratory health and boost immunity. We should eat foods cooked, not raw. Raw foods are cold and can slow digestion and increase inflammation.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine work on a deeper level to treat illness, pain, injury, and overall health.
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