Seasonal Affected Disorder and Chinese Medicine
Do you struggle when the weather is cloudy, cold, wet and windy? Do you find winter depressing? You might suffer from Seasonal Affected Disorder or SAD syndrome.
Do you feel lethargic and have difficulty concentrating, crave sweet foods and don’t feel like seeing anyone or have decreased social interaction? SAD syndrome responds so well to treatment with acupuncture and Chinese Herbs as we tailor each treatment specifically for you and what you are struggling with at each moment. If you can't wait for winter to be over and feel you have lost your get up and go, come in for a relaxing, re energising treatment. We can also help you with lifestyle tips to help change the way you see winter and break your cyclic pattern of symptoms.
Clare is offering $25 discount to first time patients on Mon and Wed afternoons and Thur mornings.
Warming foods to nourish your Kidneys
In Chinese Medicine winter corresponds with the energy of our Kidneys
, our most important storehouse of energy. They are the root of all yin (cooling energy) and yang (warming energy) within the body and our foundation for a healthy, vital life and for graceful longevity. As we grow older our kidney energy naturally declines and this begins to impact on our health. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle with healthy food, plenty of sleep and good stress management will preserve your kidney essence.
Officially we may only have a few more weeks left of winter but I think we still have quite a while before the weather gets really warm again. When it is cold our body needs warm foods so it is best to bake, roast, stew, and slow-cook foods in the winter. Nourishing soups and stews made from vegetables and rich stocks with animal bones help nourish our Kidney energy and prepare our bodies for the coming of spring. Warming spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom are wonderful additions to winter recipes. In Chinese Medicine we don’t recommend very hot spicy food in the winter because these foods create sweating, which is actually a cooling process. However, a small pinch of hot spice helps increase circulation, which is beneficial.
By harmonizing yourself with the seasons, you can avoid illness and promote great health. Therefore, during winter it is a good time to focus on strengthening your Kidneys. Specific foods to nourish and warm the Kidneys include black beans, kidney beans, bone broths, walnuts, chestnuts, black sesame seeds, and dark leafy greens. A small amount of unrefined sea salt added to home-cooked foods is also helpful since the taste associated with the Kidney organ is “salty.”
The best foods to eat during winter are the ones that naturally grow during this season. With so much imported food available these days it's hard to tell what is in season. Here is a great guide
put out by Sydney markets that lets you know all the wonderful foods appropriate each month. Our best choices for August are: Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Fennel, Jerusalem artichokes, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Okra, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Silver beet, Spinach, Swede, Sweet potato, Turnips, Witlof, Apples, Banana, Cumquat, Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Lemons, Mandarins, Oranges:Blood and Navel, Pomelo, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tangelos.
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