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We moved into the Winter Solstice as of December 22, the official beginning of winter. In TCM Winter is the time for slowing down and looking inward. The winter season can be a type of hybernation in a sense from all the goings on of our busy lives and the outside world. It is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments, desires and ways to make the next year even better!

Winter is most represented by the Kidney/Urinary Bladder organs in TCM. The Kidney and Bladder represent the element of water and the emotion of fear. The energetics of the Kidney also provide our resevoir of qi (or energy). It is often at the end of the year when our energy is most depleted and our emotions may be more fragile with increased anxiety due to the holidays.

Acupressure at Kidney 1 (Gushing Spring) found at bottom of upper foot in center of pads. This spot can be a little sore, so you know you have the right location. This point helps to decrease anxiety, increase sleep and even helps with headache, dizziness and vertigo.

Cooking salty foods such as seafoods or a miso soup with bone broth are good for increasing kidney energy. Adding Chinese herbs into a soup such as rehmannia root, astragalus and ginger help fortify kidney yin and qi. Other foods to help kidney energy are kidney or black beans, pumpkin or black sesame seeds or walnuts.

A gift certificate for an acupuncture treatment is a great healthy gift. Happy Holidays everyone!

Quote of the Day: “Just because men do not like the cold, Heaven will not stop the winter.” Chinese proverb quoted of the Day: “Just because men do not like the cold, Heaven will not stop the winter.” Chinese proverb


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Fridays 12/27 & 1/3/20: 9:30-4
and Saturday, 1/4/20: 9-1.


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Sharon McDermott

Sharon McDermott, L.Ac., owner of Healthy Healing, specializes in infertility, stress and pain relief. Ms. McDermott creates individualized acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas to address your needs. Healthy Healing is conveniently located in Westbury, Long Island in the heart of Nassau County.

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