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Come see us for your winter tune-up to stay healthy during this season! Call/email us at 803-806-8889 / to schedule an appointment, book online at or visit us at 1825 Sumter Street, Columbia SC 29201.

Winter has arrived!

Acupuncture and the Season of Winter

 During the winter months, the darkness and cold indicate we should slow down, take care of our health, conserve our strength and replenish our energy for the upcoming spring and summer months. Each season has multiple associations that help us adjust our habits as things change, which makes it easier to keep the body and mind balanced. Winter is ruled by the water element. The water element is associated with the kidneys and urinary bladder. According to TCM philosophy, the kidneys are the source of all energy found within the body. This energy, frequently called Qi (pronounced “chee”), is what keeps us alive and allows our bodies to function properly. During the winter months, it is vital that we nourish and nurture our kidney Qi.
 Winter is typically a time when we decrease our daily activities. Because of this, we should also decrease the amount of food we eat to avoid gaining excess weight. It is also recommended excessively cold and raw foods be avoided or at least countered with things like hot tea. Cold and raw foods can deplete the Qii over time. This can lead to problems with digestion, sleep and much more.

It is suggested during the winter months, we should emphasize foods warming to the body. This includes things like soups, stews, root vegetables, beans, garlic and ginger. Also foods like whole grains and roasted nuts can help keep the body’s core warm, while providing healthy nourishment. 
 One of the most important things anybody can do during the winter months to stay healthy is drink plenty of water. Winter, in most places, literally drains the moisture out of the body. It is recommended that we drink at least 64 ounces of water per day, even during the winter months. However, the thought of drinking cold water in cold weather is a concept that tends to keep a lot of people clinically dehydrated during the winter months. This is why warm water with lemon or hot tea are good substitutes. We are still ingesting water, while avoiding the cold that could potentially damage our core.

Five Acupuncture Points for Winter

1) KIDNEY 3 – This point is located bilaterally on the inner lower leg, in the depression just behind the medial malleolus. Kidney 3 is a very important point that can help with everything from low back pain to ear aches.
2) SPLEEN 6 This point is located bilaterally on the inner lower leg, about three thumbbreadths above the inner malleolus. Spleen 6 can help improve immune system function and fight fatigue.
3) LIVER 3 – This point is located bilaterally on the top of the foot, in the depression about one thumbbreadth from the edge of the webbing between the first and second toes. This point can be used to decrease headaches and help with some urinary issues.
4) STOMACH 36 – Located bilaterally on the outer lower leg, it can be found one finger-breadth from the border of the upper tibia and about three thumb-breadths below the lower border of the knee cap. Stomach 36 is known as the longevity point in TCM and is frequently used by practitioners. It can help with fatigue, dizziness and knee pain.
5) URINARY BLADDER 23 – Located bilaterally, on either side of the spine, it can be found one and a half thumb-breadths from the lower border of the second lumbar vertebra. Urinary Bladder 23 is another frequently used point that helps with deafness, dizziness, knee pain, low back pain and urinary issues.
Any of these points can be used alone or in conjunction with others. They can be manually stimulated using pressure from a finger or dull, rounded tool. But for best effects, it is recommended acupuncture be applied.



Here is a great recipe for bone broth: 


 Fight Holiday Stress with Acupuncture

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, celebration and love. But for many, the holidays mean added stress, anxiety and lack of sleep. Some polls show Americans spend an average of 42 hours annually on holiday activities. This could be anything from shopping to traveling to preparing food. And all of that adds up to extra stress that deteriorates the body and mind. Mental and physical stress then translates into oxidative stress at the cellular level. Oxidative stress, over time, can actually lead to disease.
The good news is there are many ways to deal with and handle added holiday stress. One of these ways is through the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This medical system has been around for nearly 3,500 years and can greatly improve our quality of life. TCM is a holistic and natural
way to combat anxiety and stress. Acupuncture is one of the modalities this medical system utilizes. Acupuncture has the ability to induce deep relaxation throughout the mind, body and soul. In fact, many people report falling asleep during their acupuncture treatments. 
 Another helpful tip to deal with holiday stress, is to get out in nature. Yes, it can be cold during the holiday season. However, studies show spending even as little as five minutes outside among nature can lower blood pressure and decrease stress. And what better way to admire the beautiful lights and decorations that frequent so many neighborhoods during this time of year, than to step outside for a breath of fresh air or a quick walk around the block? 

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The program includes a diet plan, patient guide, and supplements.


Herbal Tonics for Winter

There are plenty of herbs and herbal formulas used in TCM. They all have their own set of properties and uses. Let’s look at some of the herbs and formulas that can be used to tonify or boost the kidneys and keep the body healthy during the cold winter season.

This herb is not just an everyday kitchen herb. Due to its warming properties, it is great to add to food and drink during the cold winter months.  Rou Gui promotes circulation and tonifies the energy of the kidneys.

 LYCIUM FRUIT, GOJI BERRIES OR GOU QI ZI: These sweet little red berries are powerhouses when it comes to boosting kidney energy. They are used frequently to help people who have adrenal fatigue. They are also great for boosting immunity and are highly recommended to be used during the fall and winter months.

RHODIOLA OR HONG JING TIAN: This is a highly treasured herb throughout the Asian communities. It is an energizing adaptogen that helps tonify the Qi of the body. It is also used frequently to reduce stress due to its ability to decrease cortisol levels in the body. Excess stress can greatly affect the kidneys and adrenal glands leading to things like insomnia and depression. And since most people have to continue working throughout the winter months, the addition of this herb could be quite beneficial.

YIN QIAO SAN: This is an herbal formula composed of nine to 10 different herbs.  While it is not specifically a tonic,
it is a great formula to have on hand during the winter.  It is frequently prescribed to treat colds and flu. Yin Qiao San is a handy little formula to have around when everybody in the office is coming to work sick. 

Herbs can be very beneficial and help keep the body free from illness. The herbs and formula mentioned above are just a few examples that would be good to have around during the winter season.



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Palmetto Acupuncture And Holistic Health Clinic
1825 Sumter St.
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-806-8889
Fax: 803-806-8893
Office Hours:
Monday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.