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During Li Dong, the winter season in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it’s vital to nourish the kidneys and conserve energy.

Focus on warm, cooked foods like soups, root vegetables and grains. Bone broth and herbal teas are beneficial, especially those with ginger and ginseng. Prioritize rest, sleep early and wake up later to align with winter’s rhythms. Engage in gentle exercises like tai chi, dress warmly and protect vulnerable areas from cold. Avoid excessive activities and conserve energy. These practices support kidney health, balance energy and promote overall well-being during Li Dong.

This is a general guideline. Consider acupuncture and/or herbal remedies under the guidance of a licensed TCM practitioner.

Article provided by Kenneth Lau, L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist at Chinese Hospital East West Health Services.