I love Winter. I love the crisp, cold weather that it brings and being able to see your breath in the air.

So what does the Winter mean from a Chinese Medicine perspective? Well, according to Chinese Medicine Winter is ruled by the water element and its meridians (Kidney and Bladder).

During this time it is not unusual for me to see an increase of clients with issues such as anxiety, low mood, tiredness, low back pain, vertigo and headaches.

If you are experiencing these type of symptoms then why not book in for a shiatsu treatment. I would do a full consultation, treatment and offer you some self-help techniques to help balance your water energy.

My top 11 Water balancing tips for Wintertime

  • This is the time that certain animals hibernate. And we should do this too (to a degree). Winter is a time for us to slow down, listen to our bodies and hibernate.
  • If you suffer from stress. Then winter is a time that you must address this. Start booking in some quiet time, maybe meditate, read a book or practice some yoga or Qi Gong.
  • Ensure that you drink enough water.
  • Sleep and rest are really important to the Kidney energy. During the winter is a perfect opportunity to go to bed early and sleep a bit later.
  • Keep warm! Wear weather appropriate clothes, including scarfs and hats if it is chilly.
  • If you have a tendency to overwork then look at this. Overworking can negatively affect Kidney energy. So if there is any way that you can address this, then winter is the time to do it.
  • I already mentioned hibernating. But unlike our animal friends, it is also beneficial for us to get outside and go for walks in the winter sun. Just ensure that you are wrapped up warmly.
  • Try to limit alcohol, drug use and stimulants such as caffeine. All these substances drain your Kidney energy.
  • Eat small amounts of meat and fish. If you’re a non-meat eater then include more beans, nuts and tempeh in your diet.
  • Eat warm, nourishing foods such as soups and stews.
  • Eat the following seasonal foods

Root vegetables such as carrots, celery, squashes , parsnips, potatoes and turnips.

Dark green and leafy vegetables, such as cabbage, asparagus, lettuce and watercress

Rye, quinoa, millet, oats and barley

Roasted nuts

Miso, soy sauce, seaweeds

Apples and pears

Black beans, mung beans or aduki beans

Garlic and ginger

Sauerkraut or kimchee

Micro-algae (chorella, spirulina, wild blue-green)

Bone broth