In Chinese Medicine we learn that the environment has a direct impact on our health and often can be the culprit in making us sick. If it is cold and damp and windy outside, it is very important to dress properly and especially to cover up the neck with a scarf. The neck is where many of the "wind points" in acupuncture are located, and because of this, the neck is an especially sensitive area of the body that can be attacked by the elements making us vulnerable to colds and flu.
In the winter we need to be sure to take advantage of the early sunsets and get extra rest. Curl up with a blanket and movie more often and keep warm. Enjoy the longer nights and the chance to spend more time indoors with loved ones. It's nice to follow the lead of mother nature and slow down. Stay warm and stay well this winter season!