Boost energy with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Restore Natural Energy During Fall and Winter
As the autumn days grow shorter and the skies grow cloudier,
plenty of Pacific Northwesterners find themselves with less
Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and healthy
nutrition can help you maintain your natural energy during
the fall and winter, says Kathleen Lumiere, DAOM, LAc, a core
faculty member at Bastyr University.
Chinese medicine rests on the concept of qi (“chee”), the basic
energy force of life, which depends on a balance of yin and yang.
Yin is dominant in the winter, which can create an imbalance.
“When the days are shorter, there is less yang, and less energy
coming from the sun, which fuels all life processes,” says Dr.
Lumiere. “What we do in Chinese medicine is find other ways to
supplement yang qi.”
The traditional Chinese calendar understands autumn as a time
of simplifying and letting go. The festive late-summer season
calms down and many people have more success starting new
projects and focusing on work in the fall.
“It’s a season of slowing down and paring away,” says Dr.
Lumiere. “It’s when people go back to school and when they may
finally achieve the resolutions they set for the new year.”
The season corresponds with the large intestine, the lungs and
other organs of elimination. Acupuncture treatments use the
meridian pathways of those organs to help them keep their
balance. And that helps patients maintain energy despite the
“Acupuncture boosts people’s energy, and it usually has other
beneficial effects besides the complaint they came in for,” says
Chinese herbal formulas offer another way to maintain energy in
the winter and fall.
“We can make a prescription to help with any kind of disease,”
says Rosey Ma, MD, LAc, an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr
Center for Natural Health.
Herbal medicine can also treat seasonal affective disorder (or the
winter blues). Dr. Ma saw this condition less often during her
medical training in China, where snow and sunshine often come
together. But 20 years of practicing in Seattle have given her
plenty of experience treating winter doldrums.
“When it’s damp and cloudy, the body holds its energy inside,
and people feel tired,” she says. “They don’t want to do anything
but stay home. We have many patients like this in Seattle. We
can help them feel more energetic.”
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