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GOT THE WINTER BLUES? ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE CAN HELP!

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09 Dec GOT THE WINTER BLUES? ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE CAN HELP!

Are you feeling tired, unmotivated or sad? Can’t seem to concentrate, and want to sleep all the time? Does this happen every year around Fall or Winter? If you relate to this, you might be suffering from Seasonal Depression. 

Seasonal Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition that occurs in the Fall and Winter seasons.  It is believed that the decrease in sunlight can have an effect on hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate mood and sleep, like Serotonin.  It is most common in women between 20-40 years old, but it can happen to  anyone.  The common symptoms are:

–       fatigue

–       low energy

–       increase need of sleep

–       increased appetite

–       weight gain

–       no motivation

–       poor concentration and focus

–       social withdrawal and isolation

By receiving Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, you would be helping your body and mind to cope better into the transitions of low light seasons.  The goals of treatment are to give you more energy and pump up your spirit.  In Chinese Medicine, Winter is related to cold, Kidneys, water, blue/black, fear and death. It is the end of a cycle, so it is normal to feel that you want to be alone, to go inside and to be introspective in this times. But you still need to be productive and happy. That is why it is important to find ways to keep your inner sun shining bright.

Lifestyle recommendations:  spend sometime outdoors, breathing fresh air and getting some sunshine can go a long way in this winter times.  Yoga and infrared sauna are great tools for warming your body and releasing happy molecules in your body, like endorphins, this will keep your spirit high.

Food recommendations:  GREENS.  Research has found that green food act as a form of stored sunshine.  Try to add micro-algae like spirulina and chlorella into your diet, or seaweed like wakame and kelp, as well as green leaves like spinach and chard.  Another great and fun way of getting your greens into your diet in winter is through sprouting.