Chinese Seasonal Calendar is an ancient system of regulating and harmonizing one’s qi to the seasonal cycles of qi. As an acupuncturist, I use certain points on your body to support you in transitioning more smoothly from one season to the next. There are four seasons and five elements and one element corresponds with each season. They are as follows:
Spring – Wood (Feb 11 – Apr 26)
Summer – Fire (May 14 – Jul 28)
Autumn – Metal (Aug 17 – Oct 28)
Winter – Water (Nov 15 – Feb 27)
That leaves one element left and that’s Earth. How does it play into the seasons, you wonder? Earth is the 20-day transitioning phase between each season and its corresponding element.
Earth Transition to Summer (Apr 27 – May 13)
Earth Transition to Autumn (Jul 29 – Aug 16)
Earth Transition to Winter (Oct 29 – Nov 14)
Earth Transition to Spring (Jan 28 – Feb 10)
Using the appropriate acupuncture points for each Transitional Phase also helps ensure a strong, healthy system that is prepared to take on any obstacle the next season might bring.
Currently, according to the Chinese Calendar, we are in the Winter Phase, which is regarded as the seasonal phase of storage of energy reserves. During this time, care should be taken to maintain our vitality. We can do this by going to sleep earlier, resting & reflecting, and simply by keeping quiet. During this phase, one cultivates good heath by promoting the storing functions of the body. One best does this by keeping warm and not sweating as much (in comparison to exercising on a hot summer’s day). Any unnecessary over exertion in the Winter Phase will weaken the energy of our kidneys (the organ responsible for our vitality). This leads to having less energy for growth and renewal come Spring.
Acupuncture treatments are a great way to harmonize your qi with the Winter-qi. When your qi is harmonized, you fortify yourself against:
- retention/loss of urine
- manic/depression disorders
- pain in the ears, neck, back, buttocks, back of legs, knees
- nasal congestion/watery nasal discharge
- pain in abdomen
- irregular menses
- weakness in the lower limbs