Many of us probably know someone whose condition is affected by the weather. The most common example might be someone whose knee or other body part will hurt when its about to rain. I have had patients who could very accurately predict the weather this way. So our environment does affect our body, sometimes in drastic ways. This occurs most strongly when the weather abruptly changes. The problem is that our body does not react to changes in weather nearly as quickly as the weather changes. Going from a fairly long period of dryness to sudden humid conditions seems to be the worst scenario for most of us. What can we do about this? Chinese medicine gives us many acupuncture points for helping any condition cause by sudden changes in weather (or to times when the heat or cold has been relentless which can also cause issues). Also, we can give you an appropriate Chinese herbal formulation to help your body get back in balance. After all, this problem is all about imbalance, about the body being thrown out of its delicate balance where we function at our best and feel well. And Chinese medicine is all about maintaining balance of yin and yang in the body.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond