Stay Balanced this Spring!
by Light Family Acupuncture
March 26, 2014
Spring is upon us, and the new season brings us warmer, longer days along with windy weather! In Chinese Medicine, getting too much external wind can lead to runny nose, chills, fever, and in general just feeling under the weather. This is the time to protect yourself so you don’t get sick this Spring season. When you go outside, make sure to cover your upper back and neck: wear a scarf and a shirt that covers your whole back. This is the wind’s favorite place to attack your body!
To keep your energy flowing well, you can practice some stretches at home. For a traditional Shiatsu stretch to open up the Liver channel, sit on the ground, knees bent and falling towards the ground with the soles of your feet together. You can stay here or begin to lean forward over your feet. For the more yoga inclined, this pose is called Baddha Konasana.
Another good stretch is to sit on the ground with legs out at a 90 degree angle and begin to lean forward, opening up your inner thighs. Additionally, any twists lying on the ground are very beneficial to open up the “Qi” in your chest that might be stagnating there.
If you do start to feel a little too windy, there are a few things you can do at home to help get rid of it! An age old remedy in Chinese Medicine is ginger and green onion decoction. Take about a half inch of fresh ginger root, cut it into 3 or 4 pieces, and throw it in a pot. Add in 1-2 green onions, or scallions, sliced (make sure to use the white part at the bottom!) Cover all this with about a cup and a half of water. Boil for 3-5 minutes, strain, and drink.
Stay tuned- in the next few weeks we will be talking about acupressure and diet for the Spring!