Get cozy and stay warm


The ancients who developed Chinese medicine believed that we should live in harmony with the seasons—so in winter we should focus on nurturing yin and subduing yang. It is a time to recuperate and revitalize, especially our Kidney energy (since winter is considered the season of the Kidneys). Canadian mothers were right to tell their children to keep their Kidneys (aka the lower back) warm and covered in the cold, because this helps keep us healthy and well. Especially true for anyone at all prone to aches and tightness in this area. The bones are thought to be associated with the Kidneys, so it also makes sense that moms instinctively put a bone in the soup pot to make nourishing broth to feed their families during the winter months.

So this winter, follow your instinct: Rest more, eat nourishing foods, and keep warm.

Learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and how Laura Audrey Shin, R.Ac can help!

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Winter on Lake Ontario

As the nights get longer and the temperature drops, something seems to tell us to stay home and get cozy. We crave warm foods and hot drinks and evenings in front of the fire. This makes perfect sense in the context of Chinese medicine. Winter is yin—the coolest, slowest, and darkest part of the year. In nature, it is the season of rest and rejuvenation. Compare that to summer, which is all yang—hot, active, and sunny.

Laura Shin



Laura has a life-long interest in health and wellness, particularly alternative and complementary therapies. After years of self-learning, she left a career in the publishing industry to pursue acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She graduated from Toronto’s SSC Acupuncture Institute with a high honours diploma and has additional training in Cosmetic acupuncture and Japanese acupuncture. She has also developed and taught courses in cosmetic acupressure and insomnia relief for the Toronto District School Board’s Continuing Education program.