The Weather is getting cooler, keep warm!

Nice to see you again!

I know my TCM updates have been a bit sporadic lately.

Trust that you are coping well. It’s been trying times. And I am sure somewhat similar to you, because of COVID-19 many plans and events got thrown out of whack.

In the current new normal, in addition to wearing a mask to protect yourself from infection, washing your hands frequently, maintaining a clean and safe distance, understanding how seasonal changes affect our health and improving immunity should also be the norm.

The weather is changing and people should follow the natural rhythm. The rhythm of the changing weather is known as the solar term. When the body failed to align with the changes in the solar terms, illnesses arises.

November 7 2020, marks the start of the solar term Beginning of Winter (立冬), which means the northern hemisphere enters winter. While friends up North are preparing for winter, those staying in Singapore, which is just one degree north and a tropical country with no snow, waves of chill and coldness are in the air as it has been raining more frequently and heavily recently. In the next few months, I’m sure the temperature will continue to decline.

From the day of start of winter, I learned from my students that there is a folk custom, which is called “Nourishment for Winter“, as the weather turning cold, commencement of warm nourishment will help to strengthen the body and prevent illnesses.

And friends in the southern hemisphere, you can refer to  my past article on commencement of Summer https://tcmandyou.com/home/keep-cool-the-weather-is-hot/

In my “TCM herbal Diet” class, I mentioned the importance of keeping health maintenance along with the seasonal changes. The Beginning of Winter (立冬) marks the start of cold season, and the weather will turns colder, from TCM, perspective, the coldness will affect the kidney Yang element, thus we need to pay attention to the maintenance of kidney visceral system. Health betterment approaches is to comply with the laws of nature, to nourish Yang, keep warm, nourishes the essence of the kidney systems.

As the weather turns cold, having adequate sleep is important. Sleeping early can raise the Body’s Yang qi and keep warm body. As I previously mentioned, TCM believes that we are part of our environment and are mutually affecting each other, as the temperature drops, the vasculature in our body will shrink, blood will become viscous, and blood pressure will rise. When the weather turns cold, it correspond to a seasons of the high incidence of cardiovascular disease, and those who are suffering from high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes need to be especially aware of the any anomalies that may occur in their body. The key to prevention is to stay warm.

In this article, as part of the health betterment approaches for the solar term Beginning of Winter (立冬), I will introduce three medical diets (detail of the therapeutic effect of the ingredients and what they look loike are covered in the Herbal Diet Class) and massaging techniques of four warming acupuncture points.

Dietotherapy

  • Black sesame Cistanche porridge
    • [Ingredients] black sesame,  cistanche,rice
    • [Efficacy] Warming, Nourishing liver and kidney and nourishing the five visceral systems

  • Black chicken soup 
    • [Ingredients] black chicken, astragalus, wolfberries, mushroom, black fungus, red date, ginger, salt.
    • [Efficacy] Nourishing blood, liver systems and the eye. Good for beauty maintenance
    • Note: (For Vegetarian, replace Black chicken with Black bean)

  • Mutton soup
    • [Ingredients]Angelica, Rehmannia root, Mutton, Ginger.
    • [Efficacy] invigorate kidney yang, helps prevent cold

Acupressure massage Techniques

Looking for Acupoints that help to warm the body.

  • Shenque (CV 08)
    • The “warming” switch on the abdomen is the navel – Shenque (CV 08)
    • Shenque (CV 08) Acupoint is a longevity point. Every night before going to bed, warm your hands by rubbing and place them on the navel. Alternately press and knead clockwise and counterclockwise around it. It warms the abdomen, helps keep one healthy, relieve symptoms such as abdominal pain, edema, dysentery and diarrhea.

  • Yang chi (SJ 04)
    • There is a “warming” switch on the hand – Yang chi (SJ 04)
    • This point is where the Yang qi accumulates and is located at the midpoint of the back of the wrist. To stimulate Yang chi (SJ 04) acupoint, press it gently and over a period of time alternately, can help alleviate the symptom of coldness of hand. Those who are usually afraid of cold can often press this point.

  • Lao Gong (PC 08)
    • If you feel that by pressing the Yang chi is not enough, there is another “heating” switch on our hand, right in the palm of our hand, called Lao Gong Acupoint, which is the point of the tip of our middle finger when we clench our fist.
    • The five elements of Lao Gong acupoint belong to fire, and acupressure massage can be done by pressing and rolling each acupoint for about 10 minutes, 2-3 times a day, which can warm the hands promote warmness, calm the mind and promote sleep.

  • Yong quan (KI 01)
    • There is a “warming” switch on the foot, Yong quan (KI 01)
    • Located at the bottom of the foot, in the depression of the front of the foot. It is the first point of the Kidney meridian. It is especially suitable for elderly women who are afraid of cold, suffering from kidney deficiency, lack of strength and lack of energy. A daily consistent massage on the Yong quan (KI 01) acupoints can increase the body’s energy, strengthen the body and prevent disease.

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Dr Clement Ng (黄欣杰)

dated: 07/11/2020


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