As far as Chinese Medicine goes, we are now immersed in the Yin time of the Yin/Yang cycle. Being in the dead of winter we are specifically in Yin within Yin, meaning that there is very little Yang.
Yin time is dark, cold, inert, withdrawn, inward, deep, quiet, wet, slow, just to name a few. Yang has the opposite qualities. This explains the inner chill, contemplative mood and the desire to withdrawal from the world and go deep into ourselves. We have the tendency to sleep more and slow down.
We are also in the Water Element of the Five Phases. Water is associated with the Kidneys and Bladder which in TCM rule the ears, bones and teeth. Fear is the emotion associated with the Water Element. Kidneys play a very integral role in Chinese Medicine Theory. Kidney Energy is the seat of creativity, essence, new life, passion, and zest for life. During this time of year, it is important to warm up your Kidney Yang and nurture your Yin by keeping it warm.
Symptoms that appear from an imbalanced Water Element include, dull and lingering aches and pains especially in the low back area, moist conditions such as sinus problems and loose bowels, "chilled to the bone" kind of feeling, mildly feverish, fatigue, muscle weakness, frequent urination and fearfulness.
The good news is that as of December 21st, the cycle begins to turn; bringing in more Yang energies which will eventually balance out come Spring!
Go With the Flow…
Categories, Season, Winter