When it's wet and cold

The season of the Yin and the water

The winter is associated with the Yin and the element of water. The water in turn corresponds to the functional circuit kidney/bladder. In TCM, the kidneys have not only an excretory function, but are also a major store of Qi. They store the Qi in the body so that it can be used in times of stress, change or disease. Therefore, it is important to fill this kidney energy storage during the winter months

Furthemore the cold of winter inhibits the flow of Qi in the body, which leads to stagnation and, subsequently, to pain. In this a heat therapy (moxibustion) can bring relief.

Nutrition in winter

Just because the cold can easier lead to a loss of kidney energy, we should respect our natural desire for rest and contemplation, and pay special attention to our nutrition.

While oranges, lemons and mandarins are commonly known energy boosters, in the opinion of the TCM they have cold nature and therefore contribute to further cooling of the body.

Even milk products like yogurt or milk are cold in TCM's view and contribute to sputum and cough.

In winter it is therefore advisable to adjust the nutrition as follows:

  • Hot meal at least twice a day
  • No raw foods, warm soups instead
  • Traditional winter vegetables (cabbage, pumpkin, fennel, sweet potato, etc.) 
  • Warm spices (cinnamon, ginger, anise, star anise, cumin, garlic, chili, pepper, curry, parsley, rosemary, thyme, basil, etc.)



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