As the summer ends and we are going into fall, it is time to be thinking about the coming of winter, when we need to slow things down and store up energy for spring (the philosophy of the winter season is one of conservation and storage). Sounds strange huh? This of course is according to Chinese medical philosophy which is very concerned with preventing disease. Whether we feel it or not, according to this ancient and wise philosophy, our bodies do cycle as the seasons do. We should be doing different things through the year in order to stay healthy. Here is a quote from the Nei Jing (Huang Di Nei Jing (《黄帝内经》Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon) is the earliest and most important written work of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It was compiled over 2,200 years ago during the Warring States period (475-221 BC) and is regarded as the fundamental and most representative medical text): ' So the cycle can be seen. Spring is the beginning of things, when the energy should be kept open and fluid; summer opens up further into an exchange of communication between internal and external energies; in the fall it is important to conserve; finally, the winter is dominated by the storage of energy.' More later.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond