the   Acupuncture Works
Winter 2017

Needle Notes
Winter - The Water Element - Bladder and Kidney Merdians

The winter is the season of resting and restoring. It is a more inward and sensitive time. If you pay attention to the natural world, you know that nature is more quiet and withdrawn; its resources are deep in the earth, preparing for spring. As the cold winter climate chills you to the bone, seek inner warmth around the wood stove, make a hot and spicy soup and spend meaningful time with family and friends.   
Acupuncture Point of the Season

Kidney 3 - Greater Mountain Stream

This is the Source Point on the kidney meridian. It is found on the inside of the leg, about an inch above the ankle bone. This point is used generally to strengthen the kidneys and promote vitality. It is also indicated in the treatment of exhaustion, tinnitus, insomnia, low back pain and fertility issues.

keeping warm
staying quiet
sleeping deeply
being at home

Out of Balance
over exertion leading to chills
late nights and parties
lack of rest and sleep
too busy

Seasonal Recipe - Herbed Fish in a Packet

4 firm fish fillets, such as tuna, salmon or haddock (5-6 ounces each)
2 TBS chopped fresh basil
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme, rosemary, tarragon, basil or dill
Dash of salt and ground black pepper
1 1/2 - 3 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 tomato, thickly sliced
4 lemon slices or 8 lime slices
4 sprigs of fresh thyme, rosemary, tarragon, basil or dill
4 tsp capers, optional

Rinse the fish fillets and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 425.
For each fillet, fold a 12 x 15 " piece of parchment paper in half to form a 12 x 7 1/2" rectangle and trim the corners to form a half heart shape. Open the parchment on a flat working surface and place a fish fillet to one side of the center fold. Top the fillet with 1 1/2 tsp of the chopped basil, 1/2 tsp of chopped thyme or other herb of your choice, a sprinkling of salt and pepper and 1 - 2 tsp of lemon juice.
Cover with a slice of tomato, 1 or 2 slices of lemon or lime, and a sprig of the fresh herb of your choice. Add a tsp of capers if using. Fold the parchment paper over the fish and then, starting at one end and working around to the other end, carefully fold the cut edges twice or three times to form a sealed packet.
Place the packets on an un-oiled baking sheet and bake 15 - 20 minutes. The packets will become puffed and golden brown. Avoid the steam as you open the packets to check that the fish is cooked. Open the packets to serve or give each diner her own "present" to open at the table. Serve with steamed veggies and/or a simple salad. Add some steamed rice to the plate if you are wanting a starch.
Mindfulness is a Source of Happiness
In keeping with the season and cultivating the energy of winter, spend 5 - 10 minutes each day in quiet; no books, no music, just you and your attention to your breath. It is an amazing practice and such a gift to be mindful of your being human. As one of our great teachers, Dianne Connelly said, "we are human beings, not human doings."
Be Brave this Season!
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