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How To Beat Those Depressing Winter Blues

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Winter depression makes us feel lethargic, overtly hungry, and anxious. Our Qi (energy) slows down and needs a boost in the right direction. Astragalus and Ginseng improve the body's resistance to external stress. Exercise to build up a mild sweat. Avoid unhealthy carbs, and consume supplements like fish oil and vitamin C. Eat warm foods and go outdoors.

Many people look forward to the happy days associated with February and Valentine’s Day treats. Sadness is the last thing that we expect during the month associated with love.

Winter Depression

Winter Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more than just the blues. It can cause tension, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, lack of concentration, loss of libido, weakened immunity, and insomnia or getting out of bed in the morning.

In traditional Chinese medicine, winter is a time of slowness, and when (yin) the energy of the universe and our own energy (qi) moves inward and slows down. While it is natural to slow down somewhat during this cycle, some slow down too much and winter depression can occur.

Symptoms Of Winter Depression

Cravings for carbohydrates, overeating, and weight gain are common symptoms. Energy levels can decrease, and a loss of interest in activities that are ordinarily enjoyed is common as well. When spring returns, those with winter depression often feel like themselves again.

Qi does move around the body efficiently and the body becomes lethargic and sluggish. Low mood and heavy limbs can be caused by nourishment not reaching the tissues. Weight gain from overeating and carbohydrate cravings can lead to digestion and metabolism to become slow-moving.

Beating The Winter Blues

  • Herbs which address liver or Qi stagnation are often used, as this is considered the root cause of depression.
  • Astragalus and Ginseng can help improve the body’s resistance to physical and environmental stress.
  • Mild exercise without sweating too much helps circulate energy.
  • Eating warm foods and avoiding cold foods is recommended.
  • Natural approaches include going outside every day to benefit from the sun to increase serotonin production in the body, our natural feel-good chemicals.
  • Foods can help with cravings, avoid unhealthy carbs, include veggies, fruits, egg whites, peanut butter, and cottage cheese.
  • Supplements which can help with winter depression include SAM-e, fish oil, 5-HTP, vitamin D, and vitamin C.
  • Herbs like Lemon balm, chamomile tea, valerian root, and St. John’s wort have all been shown to be helpful for depression in the winter months.

All these herbs have relaxing qualities. They reduce tension, and help you to get a good night’s sleep.

Warren Cargal L. Ac.

Warren L. Cargal, M. A., L. Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and also a diplomat with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has practiced Chinese medicine for over 15 years. He maintains an active clinic practice in Atlanta Ga. Cargal is also the CEO of acuatlanta.net an online eCommerce store offering Chinese herbal formulas, professional grade nutritional supplements and organic facial products. The store offers an extensive knowledge base of articles, research abstracts and monographs on herbs, formulas and supplements.

Warren Cargal L. Ac.

Warren L. Cargal, M. A., L. Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and also a diplomat with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has practiced Chinese medicine for over 15 years. He maintains an active clinic practice in Atlanta Ga. Cargal is also the CEO of acuatlanta.net an online eCommerce store offering Chinese herbal formulas, professional grade nutritional supplements and organic facial products. The store offers an extensive knowledge base of articles, research abstracts and monographs on herbs, formulas and supplements.

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