Staying Healthy in Winter

November 28, 2016 Joe Brady

Advice from the “Yellow Emperor’s Classic”

“The philosophy of Winter is one of stillness and conservation. During winter, lakes and rivers freeze, snow falls, all creatures in nature hibernate to some extent, and so should we. Retire early to bed and sleep in later. Get up with the sunrise. Desires and focus on your troubles should be kept quiet and subdued as if keeping a happy secret. Stay warm, avoid the cold and especially, avoid sweating and then going out in the cold. All this is in harmony with the Qi of Winter, and all this is the method of protecting ones stillness and conservation.”

(Huang Di Nei Jing Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Internal Medicine)

Diet in Winter

Eat warming foods in winter to help the body stay warm.

1) Start the day with porridge, oatmeal, malto’meal or cream of wheat cereal to have long lasting energy.

2) Thick and hearty soups are nutritious, easy to digest, and leave the house smelling wonderful at the end of the day.

3) Herbs such as ginger, garlic, horseradish, leeks, scallions, and onions warm the body and help fight off colds.

4) Cinnamon and spiced drinks help warm the heart.

5) Warm the body with daily exercise. “Take it easy, but take it.” Take advantage of nice days in the dead of winter by going outside. Remember that the cold will not last forever.

6) Surround yourself with friends and family If you can, gather around a fire.

7) Strengthen your Wei Qi (immune function) with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Herbs for Winter

•    Ban Lan Gen works pretty good on colds and flu. Ban Lan Gen is the main anti-viral herb in Chinese Medicine and makes a great preventive strategy if you are in situations where you will be exposed. It comes in freeze dried granules and is taken as a tea. It is inexpensive and tastes o.k. too.
•    If you do get sick, drink lots of fluids. The more viruses you can wash out of your body, the fewer viruses your immune system will have to deal with.
•    Mint Tea or Bo He in Chinese Medicine, really helps with the sore throat and other symptoms. Mint, Cilantro and dandelion tea is one variation, or Mint, chrysanthemum and dandelion tea is another.
•    Acupuncture really helps get relief from the symptoms, so if you get sick get in to the clinic and get treated. Call for Appointment 303 744-7676 Clinic is located at 1529 York Street.
•    How do you know if it is time to go to the Doctor? If you have a fever and Ibuprophen fails to bring down the fever in about an hour after taking it, then you are a good candidate for serious complications, call your doctor immediately. This is especially true in children.

Illnesses of Winter.

In ancient times Chinese medical doctor’s were paid
only as long as the patient stayed healthy. It is best to treat illness while we are still healthy and not wait until it is a real problem. Typical illnesses seen in the clinic in winter include:

  • All kinds of aches and pains
  • Back / Knee Pain Weak
  • Bladder Infection/ Control
  • Cold
  • Depression / Fear
  • Edema
  • Impotence Libido, Infertility
  • Fatigue
  • Poor memory
  • Sore throat in a.m.
  • Tinnitis low pitched
  • Freq. urination