Sunday, January 29, 2017

Your Winter Health according to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Tree of Life Acupuncture 
32 Union Square E, #804, New York, NY 10003

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Health in the Winter


Winter in Acupuncture belongs to the Kidneys and it's Yang paired organ Bladder. 

Winter season belongs to the Kidneys in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Kidneys are considered the main source of Yin and Yang energy. 

NYC acupuncture in the winter
acupuncture and kidneys

Kidneys in Chinese Medicine rule reproductive organs, brain and bones. The color for the kidneys is black, taste is salty. (If you crave too much salt or avoid it then you may have a kidney energy imbalance. Kidneys are directly responsible for reproduction and longevity as well as your children's DNA. Kidneys have a close relationship with the Heart. The element of Kidneys is water and is responsible for water metabolism. Water retention in the lower portion of the body often involves kidneys.

Kidneys according to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are often found imbalanced in hyper and hypothyroidism as well as often involved in low or high blood pressure and quite often a source of infertility in men and women.




The Heart is fire, so you want a balance of water and fire in the body. Some people are either too hot or too cold, just like water can boil or turn into ice, so is the human body can go from one extreme to another under. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help regulate the body temperature (Yin and Yang energies).

Acupuncture is a great preventative medicine. Best time to get a treatment is when you do not have problems and come for maintenance (average person after 30 years of age about 2 x times a month).   Click, do breathing video #2 for Winter

Kidneys control low back and if someone has chronic back pain, kidneys or its Yang pair Bladder channel is often chosen to treat it (back of the leg area). Just like water can freeze (we are about 70% water) so can the human body and muscles can get cold and contract and cause more pain especially in the Winter. Acupuncture can address seasonal changes. If your symptoms get worse in the Winter, chances are it could be Kidney organs energy needing a tune up.
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Chicken Bone Marrow Soup

FOODS to EAT in the WINTER
Any food black in color or kidney shaped is good in the winter. Black Beans, kidney beans (most beans) root vegetables.
Seeds: flex seeds, black sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. Blackberries, blueberries.
Seafood: fish, shrimp, seaweed
Animal Products: pork, duck, lamb, eggs, cheese (all in moderation)
Nuts: walnuts, chestnuts etc.


Hot soups, especially made of bone broth and root vegetables are great to keep you well nourished and warm. Soups are nutritious and prepare and warm up your digestive system for food consumption.

Animal Products: Pork, duck, lamb, eggs, cheese – Small amounts of animal protein can be used therapeutically. Too much meat, particularly without the balance of vegetables, will stagnate the Liver and create heat. 

Bone-Marrow Broths Soups: This will nourish Marrow governed by Kidneys. Especially beneficial for people wanting to prevent or heal osteoporosis.

Grains: Barley, Millet. These are both mildly cooling and nourishing.

Vegetables: Asparagus, Deep green leafy vegetables – Since it has diuretic properties, asparagus is especially helpful with opening the flow for those with dark, scanty urine. Deep green leafy vegetables build the Blood, and since Blood is a Yin fluid, they are highly recommended. Also, moist vegetables such as cucumbers and celery are helpful.

Fruits and Melons: These are emphasized since they are moistening and mildly cooling. Too much fruit can be too cooling resulting in diarrhea, but 2-4 pieces of fruit a day should be fine.

Tonics: Spirulina, kelp, chlorella, wheatgrass – These mineral rich foods build the Blood which enhances Yin. They are also high in nucleic acids (RDA/DNA) which have been shown to reduce signs of aging.

Mineral rich herbs: Nettles, Oatstraw. Nettles is a gentle, cooling tonic that supports the Blood and Kidneys, while oat straw strengthens the nerves.

Moistening herbs: Flax seed and black Sesame seeds could be used here too.
Chinese Herbs: Rehmannia root - often found in the patent formula used for Kidney Yin Deficiency. 
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Be well,
Mark Moshchinsky, LAc (NCCAOM)
Licensed Acupuncturist in NYC

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