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Acupuncture Today – January, 2021, Vol. 22, Issue 01

Winter Roots – The Flow of Life

By Craig Williams, LAc, AHG
Winter is the season to nourish the kidneys. As clinicians, we tend to think of this as prescribing herbal formulas for nourishing kidney yin and warming kidney yang; or perhaps recommending foods considered kidney tonics in TCM nutrition. However, in the winter months, I regularly include kidney points in my acupuncture point prescriptions to nourish the kidneys as important roots, keeping in mind the TCM statement of fact: "The liver and kidneys share a common source." During the winter season, stress levels can be extremely high, and the liver and kidneys can be both taxed and drained. 

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