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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter  Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2015-02a
Chinese Medicine's View of Winter


Article contributed by Dr. Elysha Zamora L.Ac.

Winter is a time of rest, conservation of energy and hibernation in nature. Unfortunately, in our fast-paced society those are luxuries many of us cannot afford. That is why it is so important to follow the tenants of Chinese medicine for keeping our bodies strong and healthy during the coldest months of the year.

Chinese medicine dictates that we should live in accordance with the season. This implies eating properly, having regularly scheduled meals and allowing the body and spirit proper rest.


However, many of us don't take heed of the seasonal changes, i.e. working long hours during the winter-time, eating hot and spicy foods during summer and not taking any down time. It's these practices that can lead to imbalances in the body and to weakened defenses against fending off disease.

Winter should be a time of quiet reflection. The frigid and harsh winter tells us to "slow down". The winter diet should consist of warm and nourishing foods.


All of our bodily functions, including our digestive systems, function at a reduced level during the winter to conserve energy. Eating foods that are easy to digest, such as hearty bean or scallion soups, steamed vegetables and adding spices such as black pepper are winter appropriate choices.


It is also important to take preventive measures against sickness this time of year, such as receiving weekly acupuncture treatments and taking supplements to strengthen the immune system. The body needs to conserve energy to stay warm as defenses can be slightly weakened.  

Many acupuncture points serve the function of immune boosters- such Sanyinjiao or Spleen 6 and Hegu or Large Intestine 4.


Taking the Chinese herbal formula Gan Mao Ling during the winter can help ward off colds and flu, as well as the herb Elderberry. Talk to your practitioner to see if either of these choices would be appropriate for you.


Practicing Qi Gong, Tai Chi or meditation can help keep the body strong as well as helping to ward off stress, which may weaken defenses.


If you do get sick, consult with your practitioner immediately to receive an acupuncture treatment and begin an herbal formula. These measures may prevent the disease from further progression and may help shorten the duration of illness. 

Following the principles of living in accordance with the season, taking preventive measures and allowing the body to rest will help everyone enjoy the winter season even more. Taking care of your body, mind and spirit during this time of year will ensure that the winter months will be happy and healthy. 

There's a doctor in the house and it's you!
Did you know that you are your own doctor?

In the history of medicine, no doctor has ever "healed" a patient! A doctor may have "cured" a problem, but not have "healed" it. 

Despite years of experience and expertise in particular specialties, doctors cannot heal headaches, a wound or a broken bone. Doctors and drugs are not a cure for anything. The body heals itself because you are your own doctor!  

It's true. You are the only person who can heal yourself, providing that your ability to heal has not been disrupted, weakened or unbalanced. We have all been born with an innate ability for healing ourselves.


Our bodies have the capacity to regain and retain the correct balance of healing energies that are needed in order to nourish and support every function of our body, and provide us with good health and well being.  

A doctor may remove a gallbladder, an appendix, or cure a potential physical problem, but the healing of the body, mind and spirit that must take place can only come from within.

When a gallbladder is removed, both the actual wound and your body need to heal, adapt, change and rebalance the normal functions of digestion. 

The Meridian pathways which traverse your entire body are connected to each organ.


According to Chinese medicine, Qi (氣), the healing energy, circulates within these pathways. Qi provides the energy needed to animate each cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. If the Qi becomes disrupted or is weakened, your cells, tissues, organs and systems of your body will not receive proper nourishment. This can lead to illness and disease. 

Acupuncture and other techniques such as herbs, Tui Na (推拿), nutrition and exercise can facilitate the smooth and unimpeded flow of Qi throughout your entire body. When Qi travels freely, you can regain your health, and the doctor within can take over and provide you with proper healing.   


Well doc, how does it feel to be your own healer? 

The information contained within the newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
Monthly Acupuncture Column Featured in SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine 

Toni Eatros, AP,

Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
Be sure to check out February's issue, on stands now, which included Answers to your Questions About Auricular Medicine (Ear Acupuncture).
 about the benefits of the fertility - how acupuncture can help.
Acupressure Points

Rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body, restoring health and well-being.


Spleen 6 (SP 6):

 Chinese Name: Sanyinjiao

(English translation: Three Yin Intersection)



 On the inside of the leg, roughly 3 inches above the tip of your ankle bone. Just off the edge of the tibia.



Supports digestion, calms the mind, alleviates water retention, helps with abdominal pain and distention.

Acupuncture Research

 Acupuncture is Everywhere

Acupuncture was, for a long time, considered a pariah by western medicine due to a distorted perception of the traditional Chinese medicine.


This has been changing rapidly as more and more respected and popular publications are featuring articles on the efficacy of acupuncture.


Publications ranging from The Washington Post to CBC or Today have featured articles on the rise of acupuncture and its potential benefits.


There have even been a lot of celebrity sightings after acupuncture treatment such as Gwen Stefani or Gwyneth Paltrow.


 While some chalk this up as just a fad, the science is anything but fleeting as researchers are consistently
finding new potential for acupuncture while proving its effectiveness in treating stress, chronic pain and a number of other ailments.


With so many publications and celebrities raving about the benefits of acupuncture it's easy to overlook it as just another craze but this type of healing has been around for thousands of years, and it was only just recently that the west has started to realize the numerous benefits of acupuncture. 

Recipe Corner

 Winter Health Food :


Thick and Hearty Soups and Stews 


During the winter it is healthy to cook with "warming foods."


The weather is cooler, and your body needs to generate extra warmth in order to keep it functioning optimally.

Winter foods usually require a bit more preparation. These foods should be cooked longer and slower so they can provide you with meals that will keep you warmer.


This is the time of year to stoke your inner fire, avoid raw foods, like salads and cold drinks, as these will cool your digestive function.

The winter diet should be made up of complex carbohydrates from whole grains, squash and root veggies, such as carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, onions and garlic.

Thick and hearty soups and stews are especially good this time of year. They are nutritious, warming, easy to digest, and your home will smell wonderfully inviting.

Spice up your meals with a little ginger, a dash of cayenne, or garlic. These will add heat to your meals and warmth down to your toes. 




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