TCM Winter Care Tips

We just had the first snow of the year not long ago. Winter is coming.
Winter is the season for the kidney meridian energy and about energy storage. Kidney meridian energy is the fundamental energy for other internal organs and body growth and development. Deficient kidney meridian energy could cause soreness of the lower back and knees, cold limbs, frequent urination (day and/or night), fertility issues, hearing issue, hair issues, (hair loss, gray hairs) bone density
issues, and so on.

The warming foods such as: cabbage, kale mustard greens, onions, garlic, winter squash, leeks, chives, scallions, seeds, and nuts, most meats, including chicken and lamb, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves, dry ginger, basil and rosemary are preferred in winter. However, it will need to be based on individual constitutions. Any cold, raw food and overeating should be avoided.

Sleeping early at night, staying warm, minor and no intensive exercise are important things to do to reserve more kidney meridian energy. If you have any concerns about the winter food and your personal situations, please consult with Bruce Sun for the Chinese medicine nutritional information.

November 2020, Chunchieh Bruce Sun, CAc, MSOM, Dipl OM is offering acupuncture and Chinese medicine services to patients who are free of symptoms at Ommani. He’s available on Mondays and Fridays. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an
appointment. Bruce is always open to speaking with people in advance to discuss care concerns.

Autumn Season and TCM

According to Chinese medicine, the season of autumn is associated with the concepts of harvest and ready for winter (storage). The lung and large intestine meridians are related to the season. The Lungs are the tender organs because they are the uppermost organs in the body and can easily have an invasion of wind, cold and dryness. With autumn around the corner, it can have unpredictable temperatures and dryness. People can easily have lung issues, such as fall allergies, colds, coughing, dry itchy skin, and/or constipation.

Resting early at night and rising early in the morning is a piece of ancient Chinese advice. A gentle stretch exercise such as Qi Gong or Tai Chi Chuan is recommended. Foot soaking for 15 to 20 minutes before bed can be beneficial. Honey and pear are great resources to nourish the body. Avoid spicy food, which could worsen the respiratory and skin conditions.

A healthy lung meridian circulates the protective energy, also known as the immune system, and surrounds the whole body. The lung meridian descends the Qi. If it goes the opposite way, it will trigger a person to cough. 

Autumn is a good time to strengthen the Qi to prepare for winter. Please consult with Bruce Sun to get a tune-up acupuncture treatment.

October 2020, Chunchieh Bruce Sun, CAc, MSOM, Dipl OM joined Ommani in July 2020 offering acupuncture and Chinese medicine services to patients who are free of symptoms.  He’s available on Mondays and Fridays. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.  Bruce is always open to speaking with people in advance to discuss care concerns.

The 24 Solar Terms for Life Nourishing – White Dew (September 7 to September 22)

The 24 solar terms, based on the sun’s position in the zodiac and measured by the bamboo pole shadow year around, were created in ancient China to guide the agricultural affairs and farming activities. Because the 24 solar terms reflect the changes in climate, natural phenomena, and other aspects of human life, it is important to follow the different terms to have proper clothing, food, exercise and so on. The 24 solar terms play important roles and have greatly influenced people’s basic needs in life, and they still have an important function nowadays. 

White Dew is the transition from summer to autumn. The temperature drops and the dew appears and becomes heavier. During this term, people with otolaryngology and/or respiratory issues should pay more attention to some chronic issues such as nasal discomfort, asthma, and bronchial disease. The dryness is the typical climatic feature of autumn. Keeping yourself hydrated is important. The food you eat should be easily digestive and light. Pears, grapefruits, grapes, and apples are the best fruit options. Chinese herbs such as American Ginseng, lily bulbs, and almond could be good options. Please consult with your Chinese medicine practitioners for the proper herb use. 

September 2020, Chunchieh Bruce Sun, CAc, MSOM, Dipl OM joined Ommani in July, 2020 offering acupuncture and Chinese medicine services to patients who are free of symptoms.  He’s available on Mondays and Fridays. Call our office at 262.695.5311 to schedule an appointment.  Bruce is always open to speaking with people in advance to discuss care concerns.