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Volume 7, Issue 50Winter
Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a world where we could be in true harmony with the seasons? In Traditional Asian Medicine, Winter is seen as a time when one should go inward, replenish one's internal Qi (energy), and prepare for the coming vitality and rebirth of Spring. Ancient wisdom states that in the winter, a person should retire early when the sun is setting and wake late after it has risen. Of course our modern life does not, except in times of vacation and occasional weekends, allow for this schedule. We cannot really emulate the bear in its' winter hibernation, but it is wise to keep in mind that during the coldest months of the year, health can be maintained and even increased by getting a bit of extra rest.The types of foods eaten during winter should be warming and nourishing. Root vegetable stews, whole grains, soups, and nut and seed butters should take preference to large amounts of salads and raw fruits. This is especially true for tropical fruits which have a cooling nature and should be eaten rarely during the northern winters. They are perfect for the tropics, but not so good for the winters of the temperate climate zones. It's a good time have teas made from both red ginseng and American ginseng. The red (Korean) ginseng is very warming and tonifying, and the American ginseng has been shown to help prevent colds and the flu. However, please don't take these if you are sick, especially not if you have high blood pressure. If so, it's better to give me or your doctor a call for the correct herbal formulas.
Please be aware also that winter is a time when there can be more emotional anxiety than other times of the year. If this is a problem, a seasonal acupuncture tune-up can be incredibly helpful.
If you've been thinking of taking up an inner martial art like Tai Qi or Qi Gung, winter is a great time to start as these arts will deeply tonify and rejuvenate you from the inside out.
Blessings and Peace,
Schedule of Upcoming Events:
January 20, 2005
soundJourney at The Regenesis Center
On Friday, January 20, 2006, a soundJourney event will be held
at The Regenesis Center in
Santa Monica. The event starts at 8:00, and due to the intense
inner nature of the soundJourney experience, there will be no
admittance after 8:20.
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Return to the Amazon
I have been invited to attend the second annual Conference on Indigenous Medicine in Peru in the Summer. More news on that as it progresses. I may be leading a retreat to the Amazon to work with indigenous healers as well. If this interests you, please let me know and I'll keep you informed.
Copyright 2006 Richard Grossman