Winter is a time for internalization. A time for thought, preparation, replenishment and emotional cleansing. Water, the predominant substance of the earth and our bodies, is considered by eastern culture to be the lead element of this season. Water, the elementcontains the bladder and kidney merideans
Associations of this season are as follows:
climate=cold direction=north flavor=salty emotion=fear/anxiety associated time of day=bladder is 3-5 pm kidneys 5-7 pm organ=ears sound=groaning anatomical associations=bones,hair,skull and spine
the kidneys are said to rule over reproduction.
WHat does all this mean? Common sense tells us to dress warm to keep our bodies warm and dry. Any extreme indication from any of the above associations would lead a practitioner to treat an imbalance of these energies. Examples that might present would be perhaps dry, limp hair, reoccurring spinal subluxations, salt cravings or extreme fatigue during the hours of 3-7 pm., ear pain or hearing issues and many others.
Diet: Preferred foods are those that would help produce the heat your body needs to stay warm in the cold environs. Carbohydrates and whole proteins will do the best job. Do not over eat! Garlic, cayene pepper and ginger root and other rooted vegetable (carrots,turnips,onions) are all helpful.
Exercise: Essential during the winter to strengthen the core and the mind. Meditation, Yoga and T'ai Chi are just a few internal strengtheners.
Herbs: Comfrey: lungs and intestines Burdock: lungs, blood and skin Marshmallow: bronchials, bladder and kidney anti-inflamatories flaxseed: urinary tract inflamation and boils Nettle: diuretic, astringent Fenugreek: kidney, adrenal tonic and lung tonic
The Chinese regard the kidney meridean as the LIFE FORCE RULER! So be it: use this time for strengthening these ever- important energies and be sure to stay hydrated.