Where I live, we are currently in the very depths of Winter – the season of the Water element, which rules the Kidney and Bladder. These channels can be most easily imbalanced by external Cold, and so at this time of year we can more often see “cold-like” presentations.

Luckily, we have a whole toolbox of options for restoring balance in Chinese Medicine! In this episode, I talk about:

• simple ways to kick out a cold with common herbs, Qi Gong and a special acupuncture point you can pinch if you get a chill;

• how the energy of Cold can upset fluid metabolism and affect bladder function, leading to a UTI-like presentation;

• the Water element, and how we can nourish this element not only in Winter, but at any time of year that is may require;

• messages that this element can do with some love, and simple things you can try at home;

• some basic food, flavour and cooking ideas to nourish Water;

• the magic of salt, its relation to Water, and how natural salt beautifully structured our drinking and body water.

I hope it is of interest and benefit!

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