Winter’s Symphony: Harmonizing Mind and Body with Beaverton’s Healing Herbs
Battling Winter’s Chill: Warming the Body from Within
As Oregon cloaks in winter’s frosty embrace, staying warm isn’t just about layering up. Traditional Asian medicine (TAM) views winter as a time for introspection and internal nourishment. Winter is a season for nourishment. We consume essence and energy in the other seasons. It is time to nourish the mind and body with traditional Asian herbs. Dr. Kihyon Sohn, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in Beaverton, sheds light on using traditional Asian herbs to fortify the body against winter’s bite.
“Think of winter as a time for hibernation,” Dr. Sohn explains. “Just like bears, we should focus on building inner reserves. TAM herbs can help us by warming the core, boosting circulation, and strengthening the immune system.”
One such hero is astragalus root, a tonic herb revered for its immune-modulating properties. “Astragalus builds what we call ‘zheng qi’ in TAM,” Dr. Sohn elaborates, “which is essentially our body’s protective shield.”
Another herb, Ginger, adds a fiery punch to winter herbal blends. “Ginger’s warming nature stimulates circulation, chases away chills, and soothes achy muscles,” says Dr. Sohn.
Patient Testimonial: “After incorporating Dr. Sohn’s herbal tea into my winter routine, I noticed a significant difference,” says Blair L., a Beaverton resident. “I felt less susceptible to colds, and my hands and feet, which usually turn icy in winter, stayed pleasantly warm.”
Soothing the Winter Blues: Calming the Mind and Uplifting the Spirit
Winter’s shortened days and gray skies can dampen even the sunniest disposition. TAM offers a wealth of herbs to combat seasonal blues and nourish the spirit.
“Herbs like Rehmannia and Schisandra soothe anxiety and promote restful sleep,” explains Dr. Sohn. “They gently guide the mind inwards, allowing us to embrace the contemplative nature of winter.”
Embracing a Holistic Approach: Blending Herbs with Lifestyle Practices
Dr. Sohn emphasizes that TAM isn’t just about herbal remedies but a holistic approach to winter wellness. He encourages incorporating practices like mindful breathing, gentle exercise, and a nourishing diet alongside herbal therapies.
“Think of food as medicine,” Dr. Sohn advises. “Warm soups, stews, and porridges with winter vegetables like squash and root crops nourish the body and build inner warmth.”
Patient Testimonial: “Dr. Sohn’s guidance on winter wellness practices was invaluable,” says Lucille J., a Tigard resident. “Combining his herbal recommendations with regular mindfulness and warm, comforting meals made a noticeable difference in my energy levels and overall well-being throughout the winter.”
By embracing the wisdom of TAM and the bounty of traditional Asian herbs, we can transform the season from a period of hardship to a time of introspection, rejuvenation, and renewed inner strength. So, as the snow falls and the wind whispers its wintery song, let us turn inwards, listen to the rhythm of nature, and find solace and vitality in the ancient secrets of herbal healing.
Our holistic wellness clinic is on Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, east of OR 217, making it easy to reach from Beaverton, Aloha, Hillsboro, Tigard, Lake Oswego, NW, and SW Portland. We have on-site parking, a handicap-accessible entrance and restroom, and treatment rooms on the ground floor for everyone’s convenience. Please call us at (503) 404-4567 for a same-day appointment. It’s a good idea to call or book online in advance.