Acupuncture theory has much to say about the seasons and the effect of seasons on our health. We are currently moving towards spring, after quite a long and at times hard winter. Do you feel that winter has had an affect on your health?
Winter is a time for withdrawal, and the cold makes us go inwards and contract. This has an impact on how we feel, how much we do (generally less), what we eat (generally more) and how we feel. our bodies will also contract with the cold, muscle achesa nd pains are very common this time of year.
As we move towards spring we become more outward, the energy now is said to be yang, meaning in this context upward, outward and active. Look at what is happeneing in gardens around you, bulbs coming out and flowering, birds getting active and lambs appearing in the fields. It is a time for new growth, activity, procreation and putting ourselves out there in the world!
Is that how you feel in spring? It can be difficult to adjust to a new type of energy, particulary when the weather can be so changeable. common complaints at this time of year are things like sciatica, migraine, virus infections, poor sleep and low energy.
So to respond to the seasonal change, take it easy don't push yourself. Enjoy the change, lighter evenings, bird song and the chance to get out and about.