Acupuncture Corner: The Most Yinful time of the Year

By Jordan New, LAc

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” -Lao Tzu

Yin and Yang represent the duality of everything in existence – they are inseparable. Planet Earth follows the patterns of Yin and Yang with the change of seasons; yin is cold and darkness, yang is warmth and brightness. The winter solstice – the shortest day and longest night of the year – is upon us. This particular season is the most yin and least yang time of year, and as we move into the darkness, it’s important to embrace our surroundings. The animal kingdom follows this pattern through hibernation, or traveling somewhere warmer. Most humans, however, continue working hard and exerting more than normal to prepare for the holidays. This time of year calls for a greater yield to nature’s transitional patterns!

Wellness Tip: One of the best things you can do during this time of year is to rest as much as possible. If you want to avoid sickness, give your body ample time to rest and restore your immune system. Additionally, in this Yin time of year, warming foods are important to balance your system. Eat hearty soups with spices such as ginger, cinnamon, garlic, cloves, and fennel. These spices have warming properties that support the warm temperature of the food. Drink plenty of herbal tea.

Acupuncture Point: Kidney 7, Fuliu (Recover Flow Point). The organs associated with winter are the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder. This acupressure point increases warmth in our bodies and activates Yang energy. It can also be used to regulate sweating, reduce edema, and control urination issues. You can stimulate this point by finding your inner ankle bone and going up your leg two fingers width, just in front of your achilles tendon. Firmly press or massage this point for 60 seconds on both sides.