How Can Seasonal Changes Affect Your Body

One of my clients mentioned to me that every time the season changes, it takes time for her body to adjust to the temperature and energy vibrations (warm to cool to cold.) She asked me what she could do to prepare her body for the fall and winter.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) beliefs, the energy frequency (known as “Qi”) may not be in harmony with the season’s frequency. In TCM, everyone’s energy is comprised of various qi – hot, cold, damp, and dry. If any of these energies become excessive or deficient, you can experience physical and emotional imbalances.

Your Qi is constantly adjusting itself to match earth’s frequency. Frequency can fluctuate and moves quicker in the warmer weather and slower in the cold. Some people are very or overly sensitive to the seasonal changes. These adjustments can have a negative impact on the body, can cause illness and can make one feel unbalanced.

You may be asking how? For example, there are many people affected by the energy of a full moon. For thousands of years, people have believed that the moon has all kind of impacts on us. Some have said that its affects can increase crime rates, dog attacks, and cause people to do crazy things. We sometimes call these people lunatics. The term “lunatic” comes from “of the moon” or being “moonstruck.” It was a very popular term in the late 1800’s and modern people still use the label “lunatic” when we see someone acting out of the norm.

When the weather or the seasons change, the energy frequency of our body may not be in harmony with the frequency of the weather or season. With the change of seasons we see:

• More liver problems in the spring;
• More heart problems in the summer;
• More lung problems in the fall;
• More kidney problems in the winter.

How to bring your body to balance –

Movement – To move Qi, many people have been practicing the ancient art of Chinese’s Qigong. Qigong is an integration of physical postures, movement, exercise, breathing techniques, martial arts training and focused skills. Some Qigong practices increase Qi; others circulate it or use it to cleanse and heal the body. Qigong can adjust your energy to the changes of the weather before a blockage occurs.

Environment – The energy in your home and work environment is critical to your physical health. To have a positive energy flow in your environment, try arranging your furniture in a harmonious and uncluttered way known as Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing environment for peaceful living. Feng Shui practitioners believe that each object in your home has a magnetic field and energy frequency that is positive or negative and can influence our body’s energy.

Diet – If you have “hot” problems like aggression, impatience, and irritability – try to eat sour foods, like citrus fruits, vinegar, and sauerkraut. Eliminate greasy and spicy food from your diet.

If you have “damp” and “hot” problems like high blood pressure, acne and infections, try eating anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich bitter foods like arugula, dandelion greens, kale, and quinoa.

If you feel “cold” and “dry” at the same time, like cold hands and feet, dry skin and hair, try eating whole grains, which can be warming and calm.

If you feel “cold” and “damp” at the same time, like weight issues, congestion, or bloating, try pungent foods like onion, garlic, cinnamon, cabbage, celery, kale, and broccoli rabe to improve the circulation and respiratory systems.

Meditate – Find quiet and connect with the energy within.

Avoid wounds – All injuries (cuts, broken bones, torn muscles or ligaments) interrupt energy flow.

Medications – Medication can have an effect on energy flow and make you feel different.

Holistic care – Complementary or alternative therapies like Reflexology, Reiki, Energy Medicine, and Acupuncture can help to unblock the qi and re-establish energy so that it will flow with balance, helping you adjust to the seasonal changes.

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About the writer: Helen Chin Lui is a Certified Reflexologist, Certified Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner. She is the founder and owner of the Healing Place in Medfield, MA. She specializes in helping adults and children to find long-lasting relief from chronic pain, digestive issues and heal hormonal imbalances naturally.

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One comment

  1. Carola Laroche says:

    Hi Helen,
    As always, lots of good advise and info.
    I am grateful.

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