A Health Maintenance Program
As we make preparations for seasonal changes, so too, must we address our body’s energy which keeps us alive and protects us from seasonal diseases and discomforts.According to “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine”, one of the Chinese classics of Taoism, we learn that:
“In the past the sages were able to observe the signs and adapt themselves to the natural phenomena so that they were able to live long lives. If one does not follow the play of the elemental energies according to the season, the liver energy will stagnate, resulting in illness in the spring. In summer, the heart energy becomes empty and the yang energy is exhausted. During the fall there will be congestion of the lung energy. In winter the kidneys will be drained of yin.”
The transformation of energy in the four seasons is the basics of the growth and destruction of life. The sages were able to cultivate the Yang energy in spring and summer and conserve the Yin energy in the fall and winter. Therefore, the change of Yin and Yang through the four seasons is the root of life, growth, reproduction, aging and destruction. By respecting this natural law, it is possible to be free of illness. The sages have followed this path and the foolish people have not.
In the old days, the sages treated disease by preventing illness before it began, just as a good government is able to take the necessary steps to avert war. Treating an illness after it has begun is like suppressing revolt after it has broken out. If someone digs a well when thirsty or forgets weapons after becoming engaged in battle, one cannot help but ask: Aren’t these actions too late?
Your adaptation to these changing seasons is vitally important to your good health.
We offer an evaluation of your energy balance at the end of each season and offer patient-specific suggestions for adjusting to the upcoming seasonal energy changes. Theses seasonal specific “tune-ups” are essential for having continuous good health.