Spring brings extreme weather changes and this can put stress on our tendons and sinews. The liver Qi is most active in spring and the liver controls the tendons in Chinese medicine, so if a person is stressed or angry, they are more likely to injure themselves. Old injuries can become inflamed with improper and repetitive stress over time. This causes microtears where the tendons attach to the bones causing tendonitis, which is usually at the ankle, rotator cuff, wrist and elbow. Bone spurs, Achille’s heel, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome and burstitis also fall into this category.
The most important aspect is eating cooked food most of the time. It is much less work for the digestion and requires less use of energy or Qi. This means that you have more Qi for other things. Soups, Congee, stews and bone broth are the most nourishing of all foods and quickly help the body to recover or regenerate. Iced drinks and icy food destroys the body’s ability to produce enzymes, creates unbalanced gut flora, leading to bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.
It’s that time of year with many parties and overindulgence, so I am sharing some tips to relieve a hangover. The Chinese love their banquets and are rather familiar with overindulgence. It is therefore no surprise that they have plenty of formulas (and cupping and acupuncture) to relieve them.
I cannot believe that I have been at this address a year already. Time has flown and I am loving this house and its clinic space and the garden. The jonquils and blossoms have been teasing me to believe that the warmer weather would come earlier.
Common Cold & Flu Brew
This chilly weather has brought on some really serious colds and influenza as well as other infections such as bronchitis and coughs. This decoction is beneficial if taken at the very beginning of a cold or flu attack.