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Elevate Your Winter Wellness Journey: Embrace the Warming Benefits of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Inner Essence Wellness

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Brrr... Alberta, we love your crisp winter air and snowy landscape, but did someone forget to tell Mother Nature it's time to turn up the thermostat? 😅 We hope you've been layering up and huddling close to those space heaters because, let's face it, it's been colder than a polar bear's picnic lately!

But fear not! At Inner Essence Wellness, we've got the perfect antidote to this chilly weather—let's turn up the heat with some self care practices great for helping you not only survive but thrive in this cooler weather.


Warm up

The theory of warming in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is deeply rooted in the principles of balancing the body's vital energy, known as Qi, and the harmonization of Yin and Yang. According to TCM, the body is in optimal health when there is a harmonious balance between these opposing forces. Warming therapies are often employed when there is an imbalance that manifests as coldness or a deficiency of Yang energy.


 Theory of Warming in Acupuncture and TCM:


1. Yin and Yang Balance:

In TCM, Yin represents the cool, moist, and passive aspects of the body, while Yang represents the warm, active, and dynamic aspects. Warming techniques are applied when there is an excess of Yin or a deficiency of Yang.


2. Warming Properties:

Warming therapies aim to enhance Yang energy, improve circulation, and dispel cold. This can be achieved through acupuncture, herbal medicine, self-care practices, and dietary adjustments.


Self Care

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 1. Acupressure Points:

Certain acupressure points are associated with warming effects. The "Stomach 36" (Zusanli) point, located on the leg, is known for boosting Yang energy. Applying pressure to this point can promote digestion and increase warmth in the body.

2. Qi Gong Movements:

Qi Gong is a practice that combines breath control, meditation, and gentle movements to cultivate and balance Qi. Specific Qi Gong exercises can be chosen for their warming properties, such as the "Inner Fire" or "Stoking the Furnace" techniques.


3. Herbs:

Various herbs in TCM are renowned for their warming properties. Commonly used warming herbs include ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper. These can be incorporated into teas, soups, or taken as supplements.


4. Tea and Soup Recipes:

  • Ginger Tea: Ingredients:

  • Fresh ginger slices

  • Honey (optional)

  • Boiling water

  • Cinnamon and Date Soup: Ingredients:

  • Cinnamon sticks

  • Red dates

  • Goji berries

  • Chicken or vegetable broth

5. Warming Foods:

Include foods with warming properties in your diet, such as root vegetables, garlic, onions, and spicy foods. Avoid excessive consumption of raw and cold foods, which may contribute to Yin excess.


Feel Well

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At Inner Essence Wellness, we're committed to helping you embrace the season with vitality and balance. Lets give this cold snap a run for its money by stepping into the warmth of healing, and walking together towards optimal health.

Click the button below to book your acupuncture session with Sherwood Park's best acupuncture clinic and let's turn this winter into a toasty adventure.


Here's to warm hearts, cozy vibes, and surviving winter one cup of herbal tea at a time!

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