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Winter-a time of rest, hibernation and cold invasion!

posted 11 Jun 2019, 19:13 by Emma Rowe   [ updated 11 Jun 2019, 19:18 ]

Winter is the time of year when nature rests, building up reserves for the next cycle. Rain nourishes a parched earth. Cold is the predominate energy of the winter and a natural part of the seasons. It is a time for people to be indoors and keeping warm.  

Animals, particularly our horses, are out in the winter elements and thus are exposed to the cold for prolonged periods of time.  Cold can invade the body and disrupt the flow of energy in the meridians (the invisible energy pathways), causing stagnation/blockage which then results in pain.  This typically occurs around the joints and it often affects older arthritic animals and people causing pain and problems with mobility.  

If you are cold you will normally want to curl up and within the body the soft tissues and energy meridians do a similar thing and this contraction causes cold limbs and tightness.  Thus, animals will often be stiff and sore during this time of year.

Acupuncture is a wonderful tonic for the cold winter body.  The body's warming system can be boosted to counteract the cold restoring balance and also stagnation/blockage in the channels can be shifted to remove pain.  Treating animals during the colder months helps prevent onset of pathology in their soft tissues and joints, keeping them happy, healthy and thriving over winter.  Additions to the diet can also help keep them warm and is particularly useful for older animals, especially older horses who can drop quite a lot of weight over winter. 

Personally I love this time of year, the shorter days, the precious rain, the crisp air.  I feel as though nature takes a breath during the autumn and then finally relaxes in winter prior to the onset of the spring warmth and wind.  It is a gift to have the healing tools to be able to look after the animals during this season, keeping them warm and comfortable.