Many people find the winter hard and January especially so - daylight hours are short and the weather is harsh yet it is the ‘New Year!’ The ‘New Year’ suggests a fresh start and a surge of energy but most us don’t feel that way which is perfectly natural when we are still in the depths of winter.
Chinese medicine teaches us to adjust our lives with the changes in the seasons and winter is the time for conserving energy, for restoring and recuperating. A little like hibernation, winter is also the time for withdrawing from the outside world, of quiet contemplation and a gathering of strength.
Modern life often makes these things hard to do but making an effort to slow down in winter can result in feeling better in the coming months, the idea being that conserving energy now will result in renewed vitality for the strong, energetic surge of spring.
Important for winter:
Get more sleep - go to bed earlier and get up later (if possible!)
Most people suffer from pain at some point in their lives and whilst it can be relatively minor for some, many people live with pain that is long lasting, life changing and debilitating.
This is an informative evidence summary for the use of acupuncture to treat pain and why it might be a good option for those seeking a long lasting remedy without the use of drugs.
I see a lot of people with pain - headaches/migraines, low back pain, sciatica, neuropathy, arthritis, chronic pain and acute pain. If you'd like to find out more about acupuncture treatments please contact me.